Similar to the GLE Coupé launch, the AMG variant is introduced together with the standard models. As we already know with their new naming structure, the Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG will be known as Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 from now on.
Packing a mighty 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, it’s available in two flavours: GLE 63, and GLE 63 S. In the “original” GLE 63 it produces 557 hp and 700 Nm but in the “spicy” GLE 63 S it generates 585 hp and 760 Nm.
The GLE 63 S will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds while the GLE 63 takes 0.1 second longer but both have an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. If you think 250 km/h is too slow you can opt for the AMG Driver’s package, which increases the top speed to 280 km/h.
The GLE 63 drives all four wheels via the AMG Performance 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. It’s different from the standard 4MATIC system, where the torque is now split 40:60 front to rear unlike the 50:50 split on the standard 4MATIC system.
Not only that, the GLE 63 gets the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with AIRMATIC package which includes special struts and ADS Plus continuously variable dampers as well as ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM as standard.
To further differentiate the GLE 63 from the standard GLE models, it receives a few bespoke items inside and outside. You will find AMG niceties in the cabin such as the flat bottom AMG Performance steering wheel with shift paddles, huggier front sports seats, AMG instrument panel, AMG start-up screen, and RACETIMER.
Externally, the GLE 63 wears the distinctive “A-wing” in the front bumper, double louvre grille insert, unique 20-inch AMG light alloy wheels, new rear bumper with black diffuser insert, and the mandatory AMG badges.
The GLE 63 will make its first public appearance alongside the non-AMG GLE at the upcoming 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) in April.