Mercedes-Benz is preparing to introduce the potent AMG GLE 63 S Coupe in South Africa in the final quarter of the year and some pricing details have appeared on the firm’s local website.
While Mercedes-Benz launched the new GLE SUV in South Africa last year, we recently tested the GLE 300d 4MAtic AMG Line. We are, however, waiting in anticipation for the range-topping AMG 63 S to make landfall on local soil.
The good news is that the Mercedes-AMG 63 S Coupe is destined to reach South Africa before the end of 2020 and we expect the standard GLE 63 S to arrive at the same time.
The AMG GLE 63 S and its coupe sibling employ the services of a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine which incorporates Mercedes-Benz’s EQ Boost 48V starter-generator mild-hybrid system. Outputs are impressive at 450 kW and 850 Nm while this juggernaut of an SUV will hurtle from zero to 100 kph in about 3.8 seconds, which is staggeringly fast for a car of such heft. Top speed is claimed at 280 kph. A 9-speed Speedshift automatic transmission in conjunction with 4Matic all-wheel-drive with variable torque distribution ensures that those outputs are laid down in the best way possible. The GLE 63 S Coupe rides on 22-inch wheels as standard and AMG rim choices will be offered as an option.
As for the interior, AMG Nappa leather is standard along with brushed aluminium trim. You can, of course, opt for AMG carbon-fibre trim, metal-weave-trim or wood trim options. As always, a host of optional features and packages are available such as the AMG Night Package (R17 100), Driving Assistance Package / Plus (R33 300 / R43 300), MBUX Innovation package (R26 100) and Keyless-Go Comfort package (R12 400), for example. An MBUX rear seat entertainments system can also be fitted for R48 500. A Burmester surround sound system is standard.
The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe will rival the likes of the BMW X6 M Coupe Competition, Audi RS Q8 and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe.
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe - Price in South Africa
Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S - R2 862 920