Large, loud and powerful Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG sparked quite the debate at ZigWheels recently.
On one hand the argument was about whether giving more power than it already had was the best way to make a vehicle better, especially if it was a full sized, seven-seater SUV meant to ferry the family in comfort. While on the other hand, was the question of as to who, if anyone, would actually buy something that was as crazy as the GL63? Is AMG then simply there to make every Mercedes-Benz faster, aggressive and noisier or have they finally found something with the GL63 AMG that might appeal to the family oriented driving enthusiast? I think they have.
The first thing AMG does with the rather sober GL-Class is rip out the standard engine and replace it with a bigger, meatier engine. Made by AMG’s finest, the 5.5-litre, twin turbo V8 is the same one found in the impressive Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. The fire-breathing V8 makes 558PS, which is the same power as an Aston Martin Rapide, enough to propel the 2580kg car from 0-100kmph in 4.8 seconds onto a restricted top speed of 250kmph (270kmph with the optional AMG driver’s pack).
The V8 also makes a noteworthy 760Nm of torque at as low as 2000rpm. Basically, the moment you step on the gas pedal, all you get is a push back into the large and comfortable sports seats and a deafening growl, pop and bang from the quad exhaust pipes! The seven-speed AMG double clutch gearbox with downshift rev matching is spot on with quick and seamless shifts at both slower driving conditions and out on the open highway.
AMG also replaced the suspension and the all-wheel-drive system on the GL63. The AMG tuned adaptive air ride suspension now gets three settings, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. The GL63 also gets a set of adaptive ‘Active Curve System’ stabiliser bars that helps keep the 2580kg SUV’s body roll in check. While the sportier modes definitely render a firmer and more encouraging drive on smooth tarmac, the large GL does get a little fidgety over the broken stuff. The ride takes a beating too, particularly over squarish bumps and deep potholes.