Two Mercedes Models are Getting the AMG Treatment
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Two Mercedes Models are Getting the AMG Treatment

Two Mercedes Models are Getting the AMG Treatment

The people at Mercedes-Benz are now adding AMG versions of the GLC and GLC coupe to their lineup. In recent years they have changed the lettering for every SUV they sell. Every model now starts with the letter G. For the purpose of this article let’s focus on the GLC and the GLC Coupe and just exactly what it means to get the AMG treatment.

First of all, the GLC is the small to midsize SUV in the Mercedes lineup. The GLC is sportier and not as boxy as the GLK it replaces. It’s reasonably affordable with a starting price of just under $40,000. It’s also worth mentioning that it holds the honor of Motor Trend’s 2017 SUV of the Year. The GLC Coupe version adds to the sportiness by having a swooping coupe-like back end, a trend that was started by the BMW X6 a few years back.

This latest announcement is very exciting because both versions will have the option of a V8 from AMG. Not just any V8, but a 4 liter bi-turbo V8 that is pumping out 469 hp in the base version and 503 hp in the AMG S version. Only the coupe will offer the S version. The 0-60 time for both versions is under 4 seconds. Now we have no idea how much this car will cost, but what I can tell you is they already have a lesser AMG version of the GLC and it starts at $54,000. I will place my guess somewhere north of $75,000 for this model. It arrives sometime early in 2018.

What I find to be the most interesting is the number of compact SUVs being added with extreme high performance versions. The Porsche Macan and the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio are on the smaller side, but both offer engines with at least 440 hp. The thing that will set this Mercedes apart is not only the 0-60 time, which is insane, but also the nice, deep, throaty V8 sound that AMG does so well. If you don’t believe me watch the video below.

The other point I want to make goes back to the fact that these are compact SUVs. It’s a testament to the popularity of these models that companies can pack in a lot of performance in a small package for a big price. I’ve seen the Porsche Macan Turbo pushing $100,000. That used to be so far off the range for something small.  Most people were willing to pay more for size. Just look at the Ford lineup – the price increases with size.

As long as the interest continues companies will continue pumping out additional models with more insane horsepower. The Macan has been a huge success for Porsche and there is no doubt Mercedes wants a piece of that action. I just hope we don’t lose sight of regular sports cars in favor of these high performance SUVs. Don’t get me wrong, taking a family of four around town with over 500 hp sounds amazing, but not at the expense of losing other sports cars from the marketplace. It’s hard not to want your cake and eat it too.

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Here’s a list of some of the high performance, small SUVs packed with lots of power:

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG S Coupe

  • 503 hp
  • 0-60 in 3.7 seconds
  • Price: est: $75,000+

2017 Porsche Macan Turbo w/Performance Package

  • 440 hp
  • 0-60 in 4.2 seconds
  • Price: starting at $87,700

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

  • 505 hp
  • 0-60 in 3.9 seconds
  • Price: est: $75,000+

 

 

Photos Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz USA

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