Like clockwork, the folks over at AMG have gotten their hands on the all-new GLE Class. As predicted, there’s a hot new GLE 63 and GLE 63 S for SUV buyers to choose from who want to go fast and BMW has likely been put on notice.
Let’s start with the important bits: the power. Both the GLE 63 and GLE 63 S have a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 resting under the hood. This engine is mated to a TCT nine-speed automatic in both models. In base GLE 63 form the engine generates a healthy 563 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, while adding the S badge to the back yields 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are aiding in producing power by an alternator starter mild hybrid system.
AMG says the power levels are enough to send the GLE 63 from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, while the GLE 63 S will hit the same speed in 3.8 seconds. Both models have a top speed of 174 mph.
Aside from the engine hardware, both AMG models will feature 4-MATIC+ all-wheel-drive, active dampers and active roll stabilization.
The hardware and preliminary specifications put the GLE 63 right in line with the BMW X5 M, including in terms of zero to 60 times. The performance between the two Bavarian models
Resting atop the hardware here is an appearance that’s been dipped in the traditional AMG design bucket. This means there’s a new Panamericana grille design and more aggressive front and rear lower fascias. Unique 21-inch wheels and other additional exterior design cues.
Inside, the treatment is similar to the exterior. There’s AMG-spec seats wrapped in Nappa leather, while the steering wheel has been swapped out with one found in other AMG models. Ambient lighting and AMG-specific apps on Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment are also standard fare on these two models.
Rounding out the AMG GLE is the base GLE’s host of luxury and active safety features, which will be standard or optional depending on the feature.