Mercedes-Benz has placed a starting price on its Goliath, which is armed to the teeth: the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4Matic. You spend more than € 357 per horsepower. Knowing that the fantastic SUV produces up to 634 hp, that delivers a solid starting price.
Mercedes-Benz asks for € 226,310 for the fierce AMG 63 variant of the GLS. This makes the price difference with the 489 hp GLS 580 super topper no less than € 73,593. For that extra investment you basically get the same 4.0-liter V8, although that machine is much more powerful in the GLS 63 AMG 4Matic.
The twin turbocharged biturbo V8 in the GLS AMG 63 4Matic is in principle good for 612 hp and 850 Nm, but thanks to a 48v system and Mercedes’ EQ-boost starter generator, the drivetrain temporarily stamps an extra 22 hp. Shifting is done with the AMG Speedshift automatic, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that distributes power to all four wheels. The drivetrain helps the 2.5-tonne and 5.2-meter long GLS in 4.2 count to 100 km / h. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h. Those who dig deeper into the pouch and tick the Driver Package can increase the top speed to 280 km / h. The average consumption is not exactly modest 11.9 l / 100 km.
Of course, the potent GLS variant has more than just a powerful V8. The GLS AMG 63 4Matic has standard adaptive AMG Active Ride Control air suspension with active stabilization to prevent rolling movements. Extra powerful brakes, which hide behind 21-inch light alloy, should be able to calm down the colossus properly. Good news for the sleepers among us: the GLS can also be driven as a rear-wheel drive, because the way in which the power is distributed over the wheels is completely variable. Of course, the GLS 63 4Matic + can be set in various driving modes, such as Comfort, Sport, Sport + Trail and Sand. From the outside, the GLS 63 4Matic can be recognized, among other things, by its AMG grille with vertical bars and by its hood with so-called ‘power domes’. At the bottom of the buttock, four angled tailpipes are fitted, chutes placed on either side of a diffuser.