New Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe price, specs and release date
The new Mercedes–AMG GLE 63 Coupe has been revealed – the fastest twin-turbo V8-powered version of its high-riding coupe SUV. Read on for more…
Here are the top 10 things you need to know about the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe:
- 4.0-litre V8 engine
- Standard 63 has 571hp
- S models produce 612hp
- 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds
- Adaptive air suspension
- 48-volt anti-roll system
- Aggressive styling
- Panamericana grille
- Sportier interior trim
- On sale in spring
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe price and release date
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe has been unveiled and will go on sale in Spring 2020. Mercedes hasn’t confirmed exactly how much it’ll cost, but don’t be surprised if you get hit with a bill for more than £100,000…
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe design
The standard Mercedes GLE Coupe is a pretty imposing SUV, but this AMG-tuned 63 model turns things up a notch. At the front, there’s AMG’s signature ‘Panamericana’ grille (a fancy way of saying it has vertical slats), massive gaping air intakes, a ground-hugging splitter and some huge 21-inch alloy wheels. Go for an uber-fast S model and you get even larger 22-inch alloy wheels as standard.
The ‘S’ car’s upgrades aren’t limited to the size of its wheels – you also get some fancier exhausts with extra metal recesses around each of the four giant tips. Whichever model you pick, there’s the option to pay extra for the optional AMG Night Pack, which adds tinted windows, black window frames and black trim on the ground-hugging front splitter and side skirts.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe interior
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe’s interior comes with plenty of sporty tweaks that you won’t find in AMG Line versions of the standard GLE. You get a set of even more supportive sports seats with AMG-badging, Nappa leather trim and beefier bolstering to hold you in place in tight corners, and the steering wheel now comes with a flat-bottom design with AMG badging.
You can also pay extra to have the steering wheel fitted with two rotary dials with built-in screens that let you switch between different driving modes without diving into the car’s infotainment system.
Speaking of which, you get some AMG-specific graphics on the GLE 63 Coupe’s two huge built-in screens. Most obviously, there’s a large central rev-counter framed by readouts ranging from G-forces to engine and coolant temperatures.
As with the standard GLE Coupe, the back seats won’t be quite as roomy as those in the standard GLE, but there’ll still be space for a couple of adults to sit comfortably and enough room in the boot for a few suitcases.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe engines
The twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine in the new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe is pretty much identical to the engines under the bonnets of the AMG E63. As such, it produces 571hp in standard 63 trim and a whopping 612hp in 63 S guise.
Unlike the E63, the AMG GLE 63 Coupe comes with an extra electric motor – the sort you’d usually find in a GLE 53. This adds an extra 22hp for brief periods when you floor the accelerator and helps the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe reach 60mph from rest in less than four seconds. Faster S models will crack the same sprint in less than 3.8 seconds – that’s serious sports-car performance from a huge high-riding SUV.
Both versions get four-wheel drive and Mercedes’ smooth nine-speed automatic gearbox with launch control. The standard car will top out at 155mph, but pick a full-bore S model and you’ll be able to hit 175mph – on a race track, of course.
2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe driving
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe comes with adaptive air suspension as standard. This replaces conventional steel suspension springs with pressurised air-filled cylinders that can adjust their stiffness depending on which driving mode you engage. For example, stick it in comfort and the AMG GLE 63 Coupe will do its best to iron out bumps and potholes, while sportier setups help stop its tall body leaning in tight corners.
To this effect, there’s also a clever anti-roll system that uses 48-volt electric motors built into the GLE’s anti-roll bars to help actively lean it into bends. Mercedes claims this also makes the GLE more comfortable in a straight line by helping it better absorb bumps that only affect one side of the car.
How these systems work is determined by the AMG GLE 63 Coupe’s selectable driving modes. You can expect it to feel fairly similar to the standard GLE in comfort mode, but ramp the settings up through Sport, Sport+ and into Race, and things will get stiffer, more focussed and less forgiving. There’s even a ‘Master’ driving mode that’ll configure the electronic stability program and locking rear differential to let you get away with a degree of power sliding – should you fancy taking your luxurious SUV on a track day.