As early as 1999, Mercedes-AMG’s ML 55 set a milestone, not only by having one of the best high-performance V8’s ever created but also by being “a much less expensive way to obtain 5.4 litres of AMG magic than either sedan or a coupé”, according to an Australian Motoring review. The combination of a high-performance engine in the skin of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) opened up a new market segment. The performance and sports-car brand now occupies a unique competitive position again as it presents its new mid-size SUV. For the first time, a mid-size SUV is now also available with the powerful eight-cylinder biturbo in two output variants. The basis for this is the AMG 4.0‑litre V8 engine with 350kW (476hp) or 375kW (510hp) in the GLC 63 S and GLC 63 S Coupé variants. Acceleration from 0‑100km/h in just 3.8 seconds also demonstrates that the new SUVs hold a special position in their market segment. The performance SUVs also feature air-spring suspension with adaptive adjustable dampi...

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