As we’ve come to know, slapping an AMG grille and badging on a garden-variety Mercedes can completely change its personality. And now the treatment has been given to a range of AWD wagons shown at the 2017 New York Auto Show.
All three of the GLC crossovers feature – for the first time – high-powered biturbo V8s. Those in the GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe displace 4.0 liters and produce 469 horsepower and 479 lb. ft. of torque; paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive, Mercedes claims a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds. One step hotter is the GLC63 Coupe S, which boasts 503 horsepower, 516 lb. ft. of torque, and an even quicker 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds.
Hotter still is the rousing 603-horsepower version of the 4.0-liter biturbo V8 found in the Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon. Likewise fitted with the company’s 4Matic all-wheel drive, Mercedes says its 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds makes it the quickest vehicle in its class.
Nothing like haulers that really haul. However you might feel about other versions of these vehicles, it’s hard to ignore – or criticize – versatile wagons with sub-4-second 0-60 times.