Ever imagined yourself as the driver in those smooth, dreamy car commercials? Zipping along the coast with a picnic basket in the back seat, hair whipping in the wind as you rev the horses just a little higher? Have you imagined pulling into the last parking spot left in front of the trendiest restaurant, stepping out in your fresh new outfit, and watching diners’ jaws drop? In 2021, that can be your reality. Introducing the latest Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicle, the AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. It sports the performance of a Formula 1 car with room for four of your closest friends.
While there’s still a lot of information we don’t know about this coupe — like the fuel economy and what the interior looks like — we do know that this is going to be one lean, mean, luxury machine. Mercedes just announced that the AMG GLE 63 S Coupe will start at $117,050. Wondering what makes a vehicle worth that kind of cash? We did, too. Here’s why.
This 603-horsepower automatic engine produces 627 pounds-to-feet of torque with just four liters, which will get you from a dead stop to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. Mercedes used the same AMG bi-turbo V8 engine as the coupe’s sibling, the GLE63 S SUV, for maximum performance through all nine speeds, but with an even slicker look. The AMG cylinder management can seamlessly deactivate four cylinders when needed, while an integrated starter-generator can efficiently add gas-free torque with ease. What blows us away? Each engine is hand-built and signed by the craftsmen. Talk about the personal touch.
Mercedes uses computer-controlled dynamic engine mounts to boost performance even higher. These mounts are filled with magnetorheological fluid, which stiffens into a viscous substance with the application of electrical current. Since each mount can be electrified individually, you get even more precise handling in extreme driving situations. All in all, you get a smoother ride no matter how you drive.
An ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights or while idling. This feature can help save you fuel and reduce your carbon emissions. The engine kicks back in once you lift your foot off the brake, and you instantly have a quick acceleration response once again. If you want to keep the engine on consistently, you can turn off the Start/Stop feature with just a push of a button.
This automatic engine can change the front-to-rear torque distribution (even up to 100% rear-wheel drive) to respond to variable driving conditions and driver tendencies. Mercedes calls this their 4MATIC performance, and this coupe also includes all-wheel drive. It’s all thanks to the electromechanical coupling between your axles, the acceleration, your tire grip, and your driving mode that all combine to bring your top-notch performance. The coupe also uses active ride control and active roll stabilization, adapting damping systems to self-level, keeping you comfortable and safe. This set will help optimize your handling and acceleration for exactly how, where, and what you drive on.
Funny enough, the outward design harkens back to the classic coupe with a sloping rear. This vehicle comes standard with 22-inch wheels, flared fenders, a sleek modern bumper, and an aggressive rear diffuser. There are 11 colorways to choose, from Obsidian Black Metallic to Lunar Blue Metallic to Cardinal Red Metallic.
The AMG GLE 63 S Coupe has a number of extra packages available, including heated armrests, massaging front seats, scent diffusion, lane and driving assistance, and in-car wifi. Each of these packages will add a pretty penny, but it’s chump change when you look at the $117,050 MSRP.
All in all, we would pick up this coupe in a heartbeat. Until sales start at the end of 2020, we’re going to keep daydreaming about driving along that coast while the AMG GLE 63 S Coupe steers for us.