The 2016 GLE63 S is one of the most exciting SUV in the market right now. The legendary German maker has developed a clear response to the BMW X6. In fact, think of this car as a shameless impersonation of the BMW model already mentioned. But don’t worry too much about it. Instead, see it as a good thing: AMG even improves the excellent X6.
With an insane amount of power, the 2016 GLE63 S delivers a unique experience for those with a bulky budget. Yes, this is an AMG. It won’t come for free. Between its design and its performance, here, at Up and Coming Cars, can’t decide which factor is more impressive. It’s your call.
Let’s take a further look of the 2016 GLE63 S.
The brawny 2016 GLE63 S from AMG workshops packs a twin-turbocharged intercooled DOHC 32-valve 5.5 L V8 engine, which is capable of generating up to 577 horsepower at 5500 RPM and 561 lb-ft of maximum torque at 1750 RPM. When you add the 7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT transmission with manual shifting, this high-performance SUV can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds.
The 5397 lb (2448 kg) of curb weight aren’t a problem for this quick machinery. The 2016 GLE63 S can reach a top speed of 160 mph (257 km/h), unfortunately, governed. The belligerent, massive power plant onboard makes these astonishing numbers possible. The fuel economy is rated at 13 mpg for the city and 17 mpg for the highway.
This exotic SUV/coupe goes from 70 mph to zero in 159 ft (48 meters) thanks to the 4-wheel ABS with ventilated discs in both front and rear axles, wrapped with Continental ContiSport tires, 285/40 R22 in the front and huge 325/35 R22 in the rear.
The full-time 4MATIC AWD traction delivers an impeccable driving experience, aided by a transmission with selectable modes. Both ESC and RSC are present for improved safety, which is pretty important in a high-performance SUV like this one. Imagine more than 5000 pounds of anger traveling beyond the 150 mph mark. A juggernaut, for real.
The 2016 GLE63 S and its coupe form are fascinating more than one user. By now, is one of the most popular high-performance SUV in the market. Forget for a moment about its implacable power and appreciate its design. Both front and rear ends have a pretty straight forward design, proper from a Mercedes model. But at the side, we can enjoy the sporty line from one end to another, featuring massive 22-inch AMG cross-spoke silver wheels. There are other wheels available as well.
As expected, the Sport Exhaust and plenty of comfort extras for the interior are optional, as the additional capabilities for the seats, both the front and rear. For the driver and the front passenger, there are front bucket seats wrapped in leather. Also, a leather and wood steering comes as optional, while wood console and dashboard inserts are standard for the S model. Carbon fiber trim and white stitching in the interior, remembering us that this model has been made under AMG guidelines.
The COMAND infotainment platform on the 2016 GLE63 S features an 8-inch LCD. The 14-speaker audio system comes standard, providing a top-notch music quality while the entertaining equipment comes with an additional price tag.
The Bottom Line
Beautiful, upset and fast. This is the new 2016 GLE63 S from Mercedes-AMG. Haters will say that it is an absurd copy of the X6. They are going to be right, but beyond this fact, there is another: this SUV is better.
The base price starts at US$110.225.