Pumping ‘AMG Blood’ Into New Mercedes GLC Would Be A Great Idea

Considering the fact that Mercedesall-new compact SUV isn’t the sportiest thing in the world, we wouldn’t mind seeing this GLC 63 AMG rendition come to life.

Wearing AMG duds is never a bad idea, but it’s one thing to dress up in the AMG Sport pack and something else entirely to be wearing the Mercedes-AMG name.

I’d also like to take back what I said about the GLC not looking as aggressive as the BMW X3, because in this particular context, it’s pretty darn good-looking! The image shows us a car that sits much lower to the ground and has a front spoiler resembling the one on the C63.

You might think that building the GLC 63 would be a no-brainer, and it should! But by doing so, Mercedes would sort of be the first ones to the plate and that’s not something that they generally enjoy when it comes to fast cars.

When I said first, I did exclude the Porsche Macan Turbo, which comes with a 400 PS engine and can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds. But let’s use that as a benchmark, since neither BMW or Audi (currently) have super-fast (petrol-powered) versions of their compact SUVs.

So let us speculate and think about possible power units for the GLC 63 AMG. Right off the bat we have the C63 and the C63 S with their 476 PS and 510 PS engines. However, that does kind of sound like “overkill” for a car such as the GLC.

It would only need about 400 PS or a little over that, in order to hit 100 km/h in under 5 seconds, right? Plus would Mercedes really want the GLC AMG to get so close to the GLE AMG in terms of performance?

Well, maybe they would, or maybe they would build it as a GLC 45 AMG, except that with more than just 360 PS. That would seem like a more sensible choice, unless Merc wants to go “all in” and force everybody in the premium compact SUV segment to start pumping a lot more HP into their cars.

Rendering courtesy of X-Tomi

PHOTO GALLERY

  • NG212

    “Mercedes would sort of be the first ones to the plate and that’s not something that they generally enjoy when it comes to fast cars.”

    Except, of course, that there are more AMGs than BMW M models or Audi RS models. There are very few Mercs that do not have a performance variant. According to Daimler executives, though, we may have to settle for an AMG Sport variant. A thoroughbred AMG derivative is more likely for the GLC Coupe.

  • Wrong mirrors, the new GLC adopts the mirrors from the the new Marcedes line up. (except A-class and GLS for some reason).

  • KF

    I though this was the GLE, god…it’s so confusing!

  • SpeedyGonzales

    With respect to Audi, would you not include the SQ5?

    • Spock

      That’s what I was thinking. The Q5 is going to be redesigned soon and that SQ5 should be pretty fast.

Fiat Will Not Build A Successor To The 124 Spider – And That’s Sad

Fiat believes that the MX-5-based roadster isn’t important in its future and will focus on small cars instead.

F1 Starts Wind Tunnel Testing Of 2021-Spec Aero Pack

The final touches are being made to the overhauled 2021 F1 season regulations that aim to ultimately make overtaking easier.

If Only BMW Made A Street-Legal, V8-Powered i8 Like This Racer

It looks like an i8, but apart from that, it has absolutely nothing in common with BMW’s hybrid sports car.

Glacier White Metallic Audi A7 Sportback Poses At The Forum

In 55 TFSI quattro spec, the A7 Sportback is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds.

Nissan Still Weighing Its Options On The R36 GT-R’s Powertrain

The successor to the 12-year old GT-R will either be a hybrid or an all-electric. And that’s a definite maybe…

2020 Porsche Taycan Interior Fully Revealed, Even The Passenger Gets A Touchscreen

The Porsche of the future sure is futuristic.

Chevrolet Details 2020 Bolt, Confirms 259 Mile Range

Despite being able to travel an extra 21 miles, the car will still cost $37,495 before incentives.

Audi Could Team Up With BMW And Mercedes On Autonomous Driving Tech

An announcement could come at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Richard Hammond Celebrates His Mid-Life Crisis With A (….Sponsored) Ford Ranger Raptor

Richard Hammond even shocks his passengers with some off-roading in the Ford Ranger Raptor.

Lamborghini Teases A Mystery Model For Frankfurt, Could Be A Limited Edition Hypercar

The model appears to draw inspiration from the 2017 Terzo Millennio concept.