Snap quiz: If I ask you what vehicle has a 503 hp V8 engine capable of 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds with a maximum speed limited at 280 km/h (meaning it could go faster), is your answer a Mercedes-AMG GLC AMG S? Probably not. And yet this two-ton SUV is able to do exactly that. Impressive.
Shaped like an athlete
AMG products literally sweat testosterone, almost. At the last Frankfurt Motor Show, Mercedes presented a retouched GLC that fits with the current philosophy of giving the brand’s models more homogeneous styling.
The GLC is the first AMG SUV to feature the AMG Panamericana grille, previously seen on the AMG GT family of sports cars and an element that adds a lot of dynamism. Inspired by the design of the plane’s wing, the large front apron with a large air splitter embodies the power of the automaker’s new performance models. By eliminating the fine mesh grid, it makes their cooling technology visible, like F1 cars. At the front and at the back, the wider wheel arches accentuate the muscular styling of the SUV.
New door sill plates lengthen the silhouette and make it feel closer to the road, while matte iridium silver trim adds a distinctive look. The muscular rear is dominated by a wide rear apron and a matte silver iridium diffuser, and the exhaust system ends with two ultra-shiny chrome-plated double end pieces. For the first time, the SUV has a roof spoiler.