Mercedes-AMG has been stuffing V8s into their compact sports sedans for a long time. In fact, they’re the only ones who are still using a bent-eight in the sports sedans segment.
Still, you might expect that the small GLC wouldn’t be able to house so much engine, but then, your expectations are just a bit low.
The GLC takes the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 from the C63, making full use of the 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. The S version offers 503 horsepower. But that’s not the only transplant going on. The GLC also uses the nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system from the E63 S supersedan.
Rather than a torque converter, the GLC uses a clutch pack, which actually helps the GLC get off the line quicker and shift faster than a torque converter would be able to do. That powerful motor gives the GLC 63 a sub-four-second zero to 100 speed, and led to the GLC 63 setting the fastest Nurburgring lap record for fastest SUV ever—an incredible seven minutes and 49 seconds.
The GLC 63 also received a bit of a facelift with a new infotainment system, a new grill, and new headlights, tail lights, and wheels. The GLC also has trapezoid quad pipe tips for its exhaust. On the inside, the GLC has a digital instrument cluster that can be reconfigured to your preferences.
There’s a 10.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The GLC offers performance seats—appropriate given its speed.