2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S 4MATIC+ First Drive: SUV royalty

When money is no object, and you feel the need for attention on the school run, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 SUV with its handcrafted 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine is the ultimate midsize SUV for the family. If you can’t make it first in the line for school pick-up with a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds – thanks to 469 HP and 479 lb.-ft of torque – then there’s something wrong. All that power starts right at 1,750 rpm, too, so hold on tight the moment your lead foot hits the gas pedal, because that’s some serious grunt for a family hauler.

I like Mercedes-AMG’s mentality of, “we’ve got it, so let’s use it!” In this case “it” is the exact same engine as you’ll find in the AMG GT family of sport cars, here combined with some high tech features to keep you and your most precious cargo safe on the road. For starters, it gets the same 4MATIC+ all-wheel-drive system which was first introduced in the E 63 S, air spring suspension, a limited-slip rear differential, and adjustable dampers for when you’re in the mood for some spirited driving.

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