Mercedes-AMG is environment a universe on fire. At a time when many automobile companies are struggling to benefit ground, sales of Mercedes-Benz’s highest-performing vehicles are adult 45 percent in a U.S. from dual years ago. That’s due in partial to a introduction of a brand’s beautiful AMG GT family as good as a new AMG 43 lineup. But there’s another organisation of AMGs value profitable courtesy to: discerning family haulers that can rip adult a lane and be behind before propagandize is out.
Among these are a AMG GLC 63 midsize SUV, a fastback kin a GLC 63 S coupe, and a E63 S Wagon. As enthusiasts know, a AMG 63 models start with a four-liter biturbo V-8 engine, any built by palm in Affalterbach, Germany. On nation roads that lead from Nashville, Tenn., to Bowling Green, Ky., we commander a GLC 63 S coupe, that growls satisfyingly in Sport mode around slight rambling corners with a pinnacle certainty and stability. Sport cessation with Mercedes’ atmosphere physique control, customary on all AMG models, cooking adult what few bumps there are in a highway with ease.
This sleeker chronicle of a GLC is accessible usually with a S designation, that means some-more assertive tuning and 503 hp, 24 some-more horses than a some-more honest GLC. Both a coupe and SUV are set detached from their Mercedes counterparts by an AMG-specific front grille and wider circle arches for a some-more robust look. Lower-powered versions of a GLC contest with a likes of a newly redesigned BMW X4 and a Porsche Macan, while a GLC coupe closely rivals other superfast crossovers, such as a new Lamborghini Urus and a Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
But a genuine star of AMG’s family automobile lineup is a AMG E63 S wagon. Long a cult favorite among aficionados, a 603 hp sleeper has a many loyal—and affluent—customer bottom of any Mercedes-AMG vehicle. Fully redesigned final year, along with a customary E-Class wagon, a E63 S strikes a ideal multiple of opening and practicality.
At Bowling Green’s NCM Motorsports Park (with a yellow spire of a National Corvette Museum rising adult nearby), racecar motorist Tommy Kendall—driving a bright-green AMG GT R—leads a container of E63 S wagons around a track. The impulse we lift out of a pits, we’re strike by a deluge. Although speeds are delayed and we can’t see much, a customary 4MATIC all-wheel-drive pattern keeps us planted, as does AMG’s non-static torque placement system, that in “drift mode” sends 100 percent of torque to a back wheels. In this case, however, we’re blissful for a some-more equal torque split, that means some-more hold all around. Once a surge subsides and a dry line starts to appear, we can pull it harder, braking after and going full stifle out of a turns.
The wagon’s V-8 engine not usually cranks out a full 100 hp some-more than a GLC coupe, though it also creates a whopping 627 ft lbs of torque, that send us hurtling down a straightaway during speeds of some-more than 120 mph (in a U.S., a E63 car is singular to 180 mph). A nine-speed, multi-clutch delivery is lightning quick, generally in Sport and Race modes. Cornering is aided by an electronically tranquil back limited-slip differential, with non-static settings to give a motorist some-more or reduction control. In Sport Handling mode, a back can step out a bit underneath discerning cornering, though not adequate to means a panic.
The AMG 63 car lineup not usually serves adult peppery performance, though it also offers an contentment of magnificence and utility. Mercedes and AMG have some of a best interiors in a business, and these cars are no difference (we quite favourite a GLC coupe wrapped in “red pepper” and black leather). And for a times when you’re not looking to mangle any path records, we can switch on a E63’s apartment of semi-autonomous pushing facilities and only cruise. In any case, one thing is for sure: Your family will arrive in style—and on time.