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Mercedes-AMG unveils two performance SUVs at the LA Show

21-11-2019 11:25
The AMG subdivision of Mercedes has debuted its ‘hot’ GLE 63 S and GLS 63 SUVs during the second media day of the LA Auto Show opening for the rest of us tomorrow.

The AMG subdivision of Mercedes has debuted its ‘hot’ GLE 63 S and GLS 63 SUVs during the second media day of the LA Auto Show opening for the rest of us tomorrow.

Both cars share the same engine model, specifically a 4.0-liter V8 TT rated at 612 PS (605 hp, 450 kW) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque. This is the first time the company fits these SUVs with a 48V EQ Boost starter that contributes its own 21 hp (16 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque for faster initial throttle response. You can also now deactivate some of the cylinders to save fuel. The transmission used is TCT 9G (nine-speed auto).

The AMG GLE 63 S gets to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a breezy 3.8 seconds, whereas the heavier and bulkier AMG GLS 63 needs 4.2 s. The top speed is hard-capped at 250 km/h (155 mph), but you may opt for the AMG Driver’s Package to raise it to 280 km/h (174 mph).

Compared to their more mundane counterparts, the beefed-up SUVs boast sophisticated wide body kits, the AMG front grille, muscular hood design, different tailpipes, and larger-sized wheels (21” by default, 22” available). Inside the cabin, AMG badges adorn the seats, the floor mats and the running boards.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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