The Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG was not the only surprise from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show as Daimler also took the wraps off the new 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe 4Matic. Seen as the perfect rival for the BMW X6 M, the GLE 63 Coupe 4Matic uses a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that generates 557 hp (410 kW) at 5750 rpm and 700 Nm of torque, between 1750 and 5500 rpm.
The vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph. If you want a more powerful version, Mercedes-AMG offers the GLE 63 S Coupe 4Matic, which uses the same engine boosted to 585 hp (430 kW) at 5500 rpm and 760 Nm of torque, between 1750 and 5250 rpm.
As a result, the vehicle needs just 4.2 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), while top speed is 250 km/h or 155 mph. Both models have a fuel consumption of 11.9 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions are 279 g/km. The engine is bolted to the well-known 7-speed AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission.
What’s more interesting is that the vehicle arrives with the M button, allowing the driver to shift gears exclusively using the steering-wheel shift paddles. Power is delivered to the wheels via the 4Matic all-wheel drive system with rear-biased power distribution. When it comes to design, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe is the first SUV from the company to adopt the AMG design philosophy with the characteristic “A-wing”.
The A-wing is painted in the colour of the vehicle, while the trim strip is in silver chrome. “V8 BITURBO” badges are located behind the wheel cutout, while the AMG 10-spoke light-alloy wheels (21-inch) provide a superior look. The rear end resembles the S-Class Coupe and features narrow taillights as well as the broad chrome badge.
Meanwhile, the GLE 63 S Coupe is even more impressive and features the A-wing painted in high-gloss black, a silver-chrome trim strip and black flics. Moreover, the model arrives with 22-inch AMG cross-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, red-painted brake calipers as well as the GLE 63 badge which bears a special “S”.
Same sporty theme is found at the interior, thwew the GLE 63 Coupe offers sports seats with excellent lateral support, a flat-bottomed 3-spoke Performance steering wheel, silver aluminum shift paddles and aluminum pedals. Two large round dials with silver chrome surrounds and the central 11.4 cm (4.4-inch) multifunction display provide the driver with comprehensive information.