Mercedes-Benz Malaysia have just revealed the Mercedes-AMG G 63 as well as the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ and GLC 63 S Coupe 4MATIC+ to the Malaysian market. This trio are strong additions to the Mercedes-AMG line-up, meeting the wishes of customers who are looking for a combination of space, superior power, and unmistakable engine sound.
Before we go on, you’re probably curious about how much these behemoths will cost. Well, wonder no more. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ and Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe 4MATIC+ carries a retail price of RM915,888 and RM933,888 respectively. How about the biggest and baddest of them all? The Mercedes-AMG G 63 carries a RM1,464,888 price tag. These are inclusive of SST but excludes road tax and insurance.
The all-new G-Class, or Gelaendewagen, is the Godfather of all SUVs and has been given a completely modern interior with a widescreen cockpit, a redesigned center console and new multi-function sports steering wheel, along with an abundance of state-of-the-art features.
“The G-Class, a vehicle that is truly stronger than time, iconic and legendary but timeless at the same time. The G 63 reinforces its position as an off-road vehicle with a powerful on-road performance through the AMG 4-litre V8 biturbo with that unmistakable symphonic sound,” said Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
At the heart of the Mercedes-AMG G63 is a one-man-one-engine AMG 4.0-litre biturbo V8 mill. This engine makes a healthy 585 hp along with a monster 850 Nm and, despite its weight and size, completes the century sprint in just 4.5 seconds. All this power is sent to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission and is electronically reigned in to a limited maximum speed of 220 km/h, or 240 km/h should you decide to tick the AMG Driver’s package.
The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive features rear-biased torque distribution with a front/rear split of 40 to 60 percent. This configuration ensures greater agility on the road and improved traction during acceleration. In the preceding model the distribution was still a neutral 50:50. The off-road reduction gear has been developed further for operations on difficult terrain. It helps to ensure that the G 63 is able to master even more demanding off-road stretches.
Exterior wise, the unmistakable design features give the new AMG G 63 its unique appearance: the boxy silhouette, the proud bonnet, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless steel cover and three-pointed star. The front section of the G 63 is characterised by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High Performance technology as standard. This lighting consumes less energy and has a particularly long service life.
Peek under the hood of the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S duo and you’ll notice the same V8 biturbo engine. The pair are the only two in their segment powered by and eight-cylinder engine and here it makes 510 hp and 700 Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels via the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed transmission (which first made its debut in the Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+). Acceleration from zero to hundred? Just 3.8 seconds. Top speed? A wholesome 270 km/h.
“The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S & GLC 63 S Coupe are two high performance cars in an SUV skin making them powerful predators in their element, in any terrain. They exude an aura of athletic dynamism and sheer power coupled with overwhelming traction and driving dynamics. These two are all about appearance, features, performance and sound” said Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.
A striking characteristic of the exterior design is the expressive front end: the new GLC 63 4MATIC+ is the first Mercedes-AMG Performance vehicle to feature the Panamericana grille, which was previously reserved for the AMG GT family of sports cars. This design statement affirms the consistently dynamic design of the new Performance SUV and Coupé. A wide front apron inspired by the design of a jet wing, with a large front splitter, impressively embodies the power of the new models. By dispensing with a fine-meshed grille, it gives a view of the cooling technology – a typical attribute from the world of motor sport and a further differentiation from the other GLC models. Wider wheel arch claddings at front and rear lend emphasis to the muscular looks.
With the AMG Night package in high-gloss black enhances the racing-inspired looks, complemented by the matte black 21-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels. The racing feel is also reflected in the interior. The sports seats are upholstered in Nappa leather and ARTICO man-made leather in black nappa for the dashboard and beltlines, as well as the red designo seat belts.
Having sampled some of the “smaller” AMG SUVs before this, we have a good idea that the new introductions will be quite a riot to drive. Now, let’s see if Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will hand us the keys to one…