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Β£75k for new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63

Latest V8 AMG thug undercuts X3 M but is more than a Stelvio - let the super SUV scrap commence!

By Matt Bird / Friday, June 07, 2019

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with the sprawling Mercedes range, certainly now the EQ models have joined - but those with the awesome AMG 4.0-litre twin-turbo aboard will always attract attention. Because that engine could go in an Actros truck and still be of interest.

The latest recipients of the mighty V8 are the updated GLC and GLC Coupe with specs and prices now released for UK cars due in the autumn. The range kicks off at £74,599 for the 476hp GLC 63 4Matic+; the Premium Plus package costs £2,500 on top of that, while the GLC Coupe equivalent is £2,490 more. So that's £77,099 for a Premium Plus SUV, then £77,089 for a base 63 Coupe and £79,589 for the Premium Plus Coupe.

Really though, when it comes to these latest turbocharged AMGs, the S is the one to have: it boosts power to 510hp, adds AMG performance seats, a top speed limit raise to 173mph and 20-inch wheels. All models get the AMG electronic diff lock, air suspension and AMG performance exhaust.

The GLC 63 S range starts at £85,855 for the SUV, or £88,345 for the Coupe; again the Premium Plus - adding a Burmester stereo and Keyless-Go comfort package - are available for another £2,500. Notable options on top of those include the Driving Assistance Package Plus for £1,695 and the £4,285 ceramic brake option (for S models only).

Big money, but also big performance: AMG claims 3.8 seconds to 62mph and 173mph for the 63 S models. In terms of rivals, it says much of the current market that the GLC will have a few to fend off. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has impressed all who've driven it so far - though the Mercedes' interior will surely surpass it - and looks conspicuous value here with 510hp and a £69,510 RRP.

Drives of the BMW X3 M are imminent, which will surely be classed as the GLC's closest rival, and that car starts at £77,070 - again with 510hp. Don't forget about the F-Pace SVR either, which wades into this with the most power - 550hp - and a list price of £75,535. For four-wheel drive and fast without the SUV-ness, buyers could consider an Audi RS4 as well - that's from £63k. Decisions, decisions...

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