- 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLE S 4MATIC+ Coupe to get 603-hp, twin-turbo V8
- EQ Boost system provides 21 hp and 183 lb.-ft. of temporary muscle
- Zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, top speed limited to 280 km/h
Unsurprisingly, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupe has just been announced by the German brand, about three months after its GLE 63 SUV counterpart was revealed. It will rival the BMW X6 M, the Audi RS Q8, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Obviously, both AMG GLEs share the same powertrain and mechanical components. That means a twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 engine assisted by Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Boost 48-volt mild hybrid technology, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT dual-clutch nine-speed automatic, and an AMG Performance all-wheel drive system.
Output is pegged at 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, although the EQ Boost system provides another 21 hp and 184 lb.-ft. on a temporary basis, for quicker throttle response. The 0 to 100 km/h dash is said to be cleared in 3.8 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h. Not bad.
The 48-volt electrical system also juices the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupe’s ACTIVE RIDE CONTROL gizmo, which is actually an active roll stabilization system. As such, it reduces body roll during cornering in addition to smoothing out ride comfort in a straight line. The AMG RIDE CONTROL+ air suspension with Adaptive Damping System also contributes to enhancing the vehicle’s handling and ride characteristics, according to the chosen drive mode.
Speaking of which, there are several modes to play with, including Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual (driver customizable) and RACE, Trail and Sand. In short, this high-performance machine should feel just as home on a racetrack than off the beaten path, although we wouldn’t think of off-roading with this rig and get those huge 400-mm front and 370-mm rear brake discs full of sand and mud, not to mention damage those huge 22-inch wheels and costly performance summer tires.
The stand out from the rest of the GLE Coupe variants, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S receives a specific grille design, a jet-wing-style front apron, hood bulges, side skirts, flared wheel arches, a rear bumper with an air diffuser and chrome strip trim as well as dual rectangular chrome exhaust tips. An AMG Night package will also be available, which swaps brightwork for blackout trim.
The SUV Coupe’s cockpit gets Nappa leather upholstery with various available pattern layouts, ambient lighting, a three-spoke AMG steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles and optional DINAMICA faux-suede wrapping along with other AMG-specific trim details. Also on board is the company’s recently introduced MBUX infotainment system.
The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupe should go on sale before the end of the year. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced, but the current-generation GLE 63 Coupe is listed from $119,400 in Canada, so we’ll assume the new gen will start at around $125K.