Auto Shows The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 Has 100+ HP More Than Your C8 Corvette

21:30  20 november  2019
21:30  20 november  2019 Source:   motortrend.com

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Save your jokes about getting to soccer practice in a hurry. When there's a need to combine seven-passenger capacity with sports car speed, only one vehicle will do: The Mercedes-AMG GLS63.

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The very large and equally luxurious GLS-Class packs a brawny 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that's electrically assisted—an AMG first shared by the GLE63. A 48-volt starter generator zaps the V-8 with an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The result? 603 hp and 627 lb-ft combined. But power isn't the only benefit. Fuel economy is improved as well, as the 48-volt system controls the engine's start-stop function and idle speed.

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After twisting through a nine-speed automatic transmission, power meets the ground via AMG's 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system. In this tune, power distribution between the front and rear axle can vary between 0:100 and 50:50; AMG worked to give the GLS63 rear-wheel-drive characteristics while maintaining all-wheel-drive traction. Boosting those sensations is an electronic locking differential on the rear axle, but torque split is continually adapted to the situation.

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Suspension dynamics and ride quality are also benefited by the 48-volt electrical system. That's because it powers electro-mechanical actuators and stabilizers which work to mitigate impacts and body motions at each corner. With its active and height-adjustable air suspension, the SUV aims to balance comfort, agility, and off-road capability. Curiously, the GLS63 does not receive the same E-Active Body Control hydraulic dampers that let standard GLS models bounce their way out of sticky or sandy situations.

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On the topic of sand, that's one of the drive modes programmed into the GLS63. Like in the trail drive mode, suspension is raised and traction control is recalibrated to better handle loose surfaces. Be realistic though—it's improbable you'll see these swanky SUVs bashing through your local off-road park. Instead, road-oriented Comfort, Sport, or Sport+ are more likely to be selected, remapping suspension, drivetrain, and steering responses accordingly. An Individual setting allows the driver to dial in their exact preferences.

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Key components of the standard GLS' opulent interior are swapped for ones more race-inspired. Front row seats are deeply bolstered to provide better support as this towering SUV conquers bends. The driver grips an AMG-specific steering wheel with a flat bottom and enlarged metal paddle shifters. Between the spokes are control buttons with miniature displays, which let the driver dial in various settings to enhance the sportiness. Available carbon-fiber trim lines the three-row cabin. It's not all hardcore, though: Front seat massage function and available seat heating in all three rows remain, as do the Burmester sound system and 64-color ambient lighting feature.

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Just like in the more comfort-oriented GLS450 and GLS580, Mercedes' MBUX operating system provides functionality behind the GLS63's dual 12.3-inch digital displays. Here, however, it has been modified to support AMG-specific readouts, which emphasize engine revs, g-forces, or lap times. Nonetheless, the screens are fully reconfigurable to the situation or driver's preferences. They're able to highlight fuel economy, navigation cues, even pitch and roll angles if off-roading.

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The GLS63 is plenty big, but signature AMG styling cues will make it even more noticeable. An imposing vertical-slat grille is central to the aerodynamically enhanced front fascia, while quad exhaust outlets profess the engine's power out back. Beneath standard 21-inch or available 23-inch wheels are ventilated and drilled brake rotors: 15.7 inches clamped by six-piston fixed calipers up front, and 14.6 inches with single-piston floating calipers behind.

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So what's the go to back up all this show? Mercedes estimates a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174 mph. If those estimates are correct, the Mercedes-AMG GLS63 is poised to become the quickest three-row SUV in the world—at least until the Alpina-tuned BMW X7 emerges to test its mettle.

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