Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SE Performance, 680 HP of hybrid power for an impressive SUV
Mercedes’ high-performance plug-in hybrid technology has been integrated into the GLC, the star brand’s best-selling SUV, which now has 680 CV.
Mercedes’ best-selling SUV, which was recently updated, now has its most potent and high-performance variant, which is a plug-in hybrid. We’re referring to the brand-new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S E Performance, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) that forgoes the V8 engine in favor of a plug-in hybrid powertrain with performance as its primary tenet.
The AMG front grille with vertical bars, the AMG front aprons with aerodynamic appendages, and the bigger air inlets on the sides serve as distinguishing features from the exterior. Air curtains that route this fluid to the areas that need it for improved cooling (such as the brakes) or to increase aerodynamic efficiency.
There are four trapezoidal-shaped exhaust outlets, a double spoiler above the rear windscreen, and a noticeable diffuser at the back. Additionally, to make the model identifier stand out more includes red letters.
The GLC 63 S has AMG sports seats with unique designs for a sportier feel, covered in Artico man-made leather and MICROCUT microfiber. AMG shield engraving on the front headrests and leather and nappa upholstery are options that give them a more upscale appearance. AMG Performance seats with a semi-bucket style are an option for customers seeking the most sportiness.
The AMG Performance steering wheel boasts silver-colored aluminum paddle shifters, is flattened at the bottom, and is covered in MICROCUT microfiber and Nappa leather.
Two additional circular buttons on the steering wheel let you select options for the chassis and the AMG Dynamic Select driving modes. AMG floor mats, LED door sill strips with AMG branding, and sports pedals are also readily available.
AMG-specific menus and features are included in the MBUX infotainment system, including a redesigned instrument panel design called “Supersport” and the so-called AMG Track Pace, a telemetry system for track days. The program keeps track of more than 80 different data points, including lap times, steering angle, and speed.
A hybrid system focuses on performance
The GLC 63 S E Performance uses the same hybrid drivetrain that gave rise to the C-Class in its most powerful form. It combines an electric turbo with the M139l 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The petrol engine is the most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world (in a series-production automobile) with 476 PS (350 kW) and 545 Nm of torque.
The internal combustion engine is coupled with a 6.1 kWh high-voltage battery, an on-axle, permanently excited, synchronous electric motor with 204 horsepower (150 kW), and the AMG Performance 4MATIC+ variable all-wheel drive system. The hybrid system’s outstanding 1,020 Nm of torque is paired with a maximum power output of 680 PS (500 kW). It’s capable of 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a top of 275 km/h (electronically limited).
The battery provides 80 kW of continuous power and 150 kW of maximum power for 10 seconds when attached to a two-speed gearbox. It carries the DGT Eco designation in Spain even though it is a plug-in hybrid since it has a 12-kilometer electric autonomy range that approves 7.5 l/100 km for the total fuel consumption.
Another benefit of the hybrid system relates to dynamics: instead of the ESP intervening on the brakes, the electric motor may also intervene in traction, and one wheel begins to spin excessively. The electric motor may also direct its power to the front wheels if the rear wheels are losing traction.
The GLC 63 S E Performance has a mechanical all-wheel drive system with a direct link between both axles, making this feasible. Up to 100% of the torque can be sent to the back wheels, while 50% sent to the front wheels.
In addition to 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with clever torque distribution, the cycling portion is also at the first level and comes standard with active stabilizer bars, rear-axle steering (up to 2.5°), brakes with 390 mm discs and 6-piston calipers at the front and 370 mm discs at the rear.
Like other AMG vehicles, it offers several driving modes that alter the adaptive suspension, the hybrid system’s power delivery, and the steering’s setting and reaction.