Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Vs Porsche Macan Turbo In Battle Of The Uber-SUVs

So far, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S has shown it has the speed to conquer the Nurburgring in its class, posting a 7min 49.3 sec lap time, and the acceleration to beat a traditional sports car like the AMG GT R up to 60mph (96km/h) from a standstill.

Like it or not, no matter how absurd an SUV with over 500hp might sound like, this is the world we’re living in.

To demonstrate just how fast the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S is off the line, Top Gear brought a Porsche Macan Turbo with the Performance Package for a drag race. Sadly, there’s no Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio in sight, which is probably the GLC’s number one rival at the moment, but the Porsche will have to do.

Compared to the GLC, the older Macan is understandably lacking in outright numbers; its twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 makes 434hp (440PS) and 442lb-ft (600Nm) with the optional Performance Package, while Porsche reckons it’ll do the 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.4 seconds.

The new GLC 63 S on the other hand comes with a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 producing 503hp (510PS) and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque. That’s a difference of 71hp and 74lb-ft between the two SUVs, which weight almost the same.

Did Porsche even had a chance against the brute force of the Mercedes-AMG? Well, what do you think?


  • Craig

    I’d rather have the Mercedes even if it lost.

    • you like the cheap looking tablet screen?

      • PK

        or he likes a brand that has prestige and brand imagine.

      • Craig

        Not a fan of MB’s new look dashboards. But I still like them better than Porsche SUV’s.

      • Fabián Montiel

        Or because it’s a crossover with a freaking twin-turbo V8.

  • Ary Wisesa

    I would pick the Macan. Well, the Porsche name alone is much more attractive. And Porsche is not one of typical premium brands which are plagued with bad reliability issues. Porsche is the Toyota (in term of reliability) in sport car world.

    • no25

      this comment made me actually laugh out loud

      • Six_Tymes

        he sounds as if he works for Porsche

        • no25

          he deleted it! HAHAHAHA

    • El de Ngaan

      All cars are reliable these days, it’s not just Toyota and Porsche. By the way Toyota is plagued by endless recalls and Porsche maybe not so much as they are niche product. I didn’t see an unreliable Mercedes in this drag race?

  • El de Ngaan

    Wouldn’t take the results seriously. That’s the outgoing version of the Macan. Let’s there be a rematch with the new Macan as soon as it hits showrooms.

  • wait a minute

    i thought the Macan’s 3.6 twin turbo was a v6

    • Matt

      Yeah, glaring error in the article

  • Kagan

    SUV SUV they are not more than a sedan!

  • salamOOn

    i love that stance of the glc63….. perfect.

  • Fabián Montiel

    I love the GLC63, perfect size, and it’s got a V8. A twin-turbo V8 powered crossover. Amazing.

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