“Today (April 26), the Nordschleife is being used exclusively by AMG to allow the factory and customer teams to make final preparations for the Nurburgring 24-hour race, barely two weeks away”, the outlet wrote. “But before the race cars hit the track, I heard whispers that an AMG street car might attempt a Nordschleife lap time.”
To back up the rumor, Dale Lomas, the man who wrote the article, filmed a GLC 63 S being pushed hard on the track. The super SUV was apparently running on street tires in the hands of what appears to be a professional racing driver.
If this is indeed the case, and Mercedes-AMG actually broke the Nurburgring SUV lap record with the GLC 63 S, then expect an official announcement, followed by a video, in the coming days/weeks.
The time it has to beat is 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds, as that’s the lap time the Stelvio Quadrifoglio clocked at the 20.6 km- (12.8mi-) long circuit.
Theoretically, the top GLC needs 3.8 seconds for the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint, or 0.1 seconds less than the Stelvio.
On the other hand, the Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter V6 used by the Alfa makes 512PS (505hp / 377kW) and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque, whereas the AMG’s 4.0-liter V8 delivers 510PS (503hp / 375kW) and 700Nm (516lb-ft) of torque. We guess it’s going to be close…