Review Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SOctober 9, 2018
Five days. So many Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S stayed king – the fastest crossover in the world. On April 5, 2017, he celebrated his victory: whether it was a joke – 3.8 seconds at a two-ton car acceleration from zero to one hundred kilometers per hour! But already on April 10, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk burst into this harmonious and restrained party of German burghers like a Berlin TV tower. And away!
This gruff rednek with swapped synthol muscles interrupted all the glasses to the Germans and broke the cup for the first place – they say, move on, son. The American turned out to be not only 200 or more powerful, but also a decade faster. And let this difference can be played only in the ideal climatic and astrological conditions of the polygons and drag strips, but this is of no interest to anyone – the fact remains. Then, however, the insanely expressive Italian Lamborghini Urus burst into their get-together, leaving them both out of work, but this, as they say, is a completely different story.
On the other hand, this is absolutely not the case when the Mercedes should be upset. After all, he is only two-tenths of a second slower than Lambo itself (God, how can you feel such a microscopic difference in real life), but at the same time faster than all the other coolest guys in this market segment. The 510-hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio accelerate to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, the 550-hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the 608-hp Bentley Bentayga in just 4.1 seconds, and the 575-strong BMW X5 M in infinite 4.2 seconds.
If these were ordinary sports cars, we would have responded to the message that someone had made someone for the whole “ten”, a polite nod — well done, of course. But when it comes to high heavy cars, which bypass these same sports cars, it is always its own, special magic. After all, they must not only be taught to trade the first hundred kilometers per hour faster than you can read their name at the stern, but also to turn.
And it’s very interesting how you can get along with such cars in the city. So check it out. But there is only one small problem: in the Mercedes-AMG lineup, two “charged” GLCs are at once – regular and coupe-like. Which one to take on our next long test? The answer is obvious – both!
Let the first on our test be the usual (if this word is at all applicable to AMG cars at all) GLC 63 S. Metallic gray, swollen wheel arches, 21-inch black wheels on Pirelli P Zero tires with a stack of hundred dollar bills, rear wheels with a negative collapse, squat silhouette, black grille and carbon – an athlete in a tight T-shirt.
Against his background, I like the GLC Coupe less. Especially in the white color, which is almost invisible stamps on the sidewalls of the body. And still this rear spoiler – like a “duck’s tail” after an illness – looks like an alien homemade product here. In general, the coupe-crossover is not as impressive and threatening as the “standard” five-door counterpart.
The interiors of our AMG-crossovers are designed differently. If the usual GLC 63 is trimmed with black and white leather in combination with carbon fiber inserts, the coupe’s interior is black and red with elements of wood. What looks more beautiful from this is a matter of taste, but my personal voice goes to the “carbon fiber” variant.
But in fact, all these baubles do not make any sense, because the most important thing in these cars under the hood. And there – a four-liter biturbo eight, which is already on almost all models of “Mercedes”, including the C-Class, Gelantwagen and the AMG GT supercar. The engine here produces 510 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, working in tandem with a nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT machine with a package of wet friction clutches instead of a torque converter.
Four-wheel drive is the same 4matik plus from the insane E 63, which can sweep away with your tail more than your favorite golden retriever. Here, a multi-plate electronically controlled clutch in the center and an electronically controlled differential with the possibility of 100 percent locking at the rear, but the four-wheel drive does not know how to turn off. Because a crossover drift on a track would be fun, but for the all-terrain vehicle it’s probably a bust.
I could tell you more about the enhanced steering knuckles, other ball, silent blocks, rear gear from the same E 63, three-chamber air suspension and another bunch of other interesting things for the bore, but who cares about this when you have an AMG car half a thousand “Mare”. Therefore, I act like any normal person in such a situation – I sit behind the wheel and start the engine!
This sound is divinely beautiful: the motor roars with a hungry tiger, which was stepped on its tail, and begins to bass deeply at idle. This can be described infinitely long, practicing in the beauty of comparative turns, but, as they say, it is better to hear once.
Then you need to press another button on the center console, making the voice of the optional sports edition even louder and more juicy. Even at a speed of five kilometers per hour, the sound of boiling lava will announce to everyone around your approaching a hundred meters, and even if you press the pedal to the floor … The growling spits of an enraged giant with each change of stage and “rolling” shooting at gas discharge like a rock fall.
In this case, the sound here is just as much as you need. From him you do not even get tired in the sport mode.
Acceleration – mother dear! It is very fast even when you just touch the gas pedal, and decide to go all the money … This is an explosion, a shot, the transition to hyperspace – call it what you want. But less than four seconds in acceleration from place to 100 km/h and the truth feels like a moment (I think I even blink slower). We turn on launch control, gas all the way, drop the brakes and once – one hundred kilometers per hour, two – almost two hundred, three – the subconscious draws in my head the face of the happiest traffic cop in the world.
Let off the gas, exhale, take a selfie of a crazy smiling face and repeat it all once or twice. Not because the transmission or the engine overheats and cannot cope with overloads, but because you simply do not have enough fuel. 25 liters, of course, the 98th (or even the “hundredth”) with intensive driving? Yes, just spit.
But the coolest thing is that this mad monster can not only knock you out of foolishness while driving in a straight line – he also knows how to turn! Heavy steering – information itself: instant reaction to the turns of the “donut” and the perfect feeling of the road and the car. This is just a holiday of some kind, which darkens only the fuel supply indicator, which too quickly tends to zero. And the rest of the AMG version of the GLC is cool. You will not think that a two-ton high coupe can go this way.
But the bad roads, or rather their coverage, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S is not very fond of. It shakes on trifles even in the comfort mode of the mechatronic chassis, and on sharp irregularities and holes it is more serious than loudly “bangs”. However, frank discomfort comes only in the “fool himself” mode, when you overdo it with speed, obviously underestimating the degree of road slaughter.
The AMG variant of the GLC was so steep that I didn’t feel like getting out from behind the wheel. The technical stuffing of the usual crossover and its coupe variant is the same, and they go accordingly. Therefore, you need to choose here only focusing on the design. For me personally, the choice is obvious – only the “classic” five-door version without any fashionable drop-down roofs.