Review: Bi-turbo beasty beaut from Merc

2018-05-31 20:15

A new kid has just roared into the mid-size SUV market and it goes by the name of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S and Coupé.

Melinda Ferguson spent some time in it on the Zwartkops Race track.

Be scared, be very scared.

Mercedes-Benz just keeps on launching amazing product and their past 62 months of record-breaking global sales is proof of their status as the world’s leading premium brand manufacturer.

This year Mercedes-Benz claimed No.1 position as the world’s most valuable car brand, growing 24% year-on-year to the cool tune of $43.9 million, with a 2.3 million new Mercs leaving global show rooms.

And as motoring tech gets more impressive, with autonomous everything the way forward, Merc is firmly at the forefront of performance and technology innovation.

An area where Merc is doing particularly well is in their AMG line up (cars engineered for performance and dynamics) with 2017 seeing a 33% increase in AMG sales.

Now all hail the new AMG GLC 63 S - a performance injected mid-size SUV, which I got to break a few speed barriers in, at Zwartkops race track last week.

I did three insanely fast laps in the precise and hungry for speed SUV and screamed for three full minutes when my instructor Donovan showed me just how fast the sure footed beast could go, using launch control, dubbed on the dashboard as “Race Start”.

Available as a straight SUV or coupé, with exactly the same performance figures, the GLC 63 S (AMG of course) is one mean, growling, gorgeous speed machine.

Its V8 bi-turbo engine helps it to roar from 0-100kms in just 3.8 seconds, it’s got an insane 700Nm’s of Torque and some 375 kWs of crazy power.

Rating: 5 stars

Price: R1 665 000

The black Nappa leather steering wheel is organismic. The Artico sport seats are sublime.

The AMG nine-speed gearshift is all about short shift and insanely immediate response time. The Burmester surround sound audio is world class.

In fact the entire design is simply beautiful inside and out, especially that tough as nails Panamericana front grille and the Sport Coupé’s aggressive rear spoiler.

So if you’ve got more than a bar and half to spare, splash out on the AMG GLC 63 S.

But do me a favour – go on the track with your beast, because if all you do is the school run in this mad machine, you’ll only have yourself to blame.

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