2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe First Drive: Because Why Not?

– Stuttgart, Germany

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe 4Matic+. What a mouthful. But nestled in the middle of that interminable nomenclature are three characters that’ll tell you everything you need to know about Mercedes’ latest star: C63. As in, AMG C63. As in, one of the finest performance cars you can buy today. Yes, the GLC-Class crossover and its weirdo GLC Coupe sibling now get the biturbo V8 heart of Mercedes’ superstar C63. And the result is a pair of crossovers that are as glorious as they are unnecessary.

When it arrives in the U.S. next year, the GLC63 will come in three flavors. There’s the standard GLC63, with its 4.0-liter biturbo V8 tuned to 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. There’ the GLC63 Coupe, which can be had with that same engine tune. Or there’s the range-topping S Coupe tested here, with 503 hp and 516 lb-ft. Other markets will get an S version of the non-Coupe GLC63, but that won’t come to America. Bummer. That’s the one I’d have.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe: First Drive
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe: First Drive
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe: First Drive
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe: First Drive
2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe: First Drive

This crossover’s performance is visually communicated through its wider haunches, fat tires, and quad exhaust tips. What a brute.

There’s something so cool about the way the non-Coupe GLC63 looks. It’s lower and wider, bulging and flaring and snarling with purpose. Mercedes’ “Panamericana” grille, with its vertical slats, looks absolutely killer on the GLC’s face. Even better, this car has a wonderful stance when viewed from the rear. This crossover’s performance is visually communicated through its wide...