2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review - Replica is the sincerest type of flattery, but it's additionally a risk-free cash grab. If you're a car company and one of your competitors advances with a particular niche item, you fill up that specific niche in your own lineup. This author lately called the Ram Rebel "an outright me-too" therefore it essentially being a Ford F-150 Raptor rip-off without the drug. You could additionally consider the Mercedes-Benz GLE sports car as a blatant me-too. You should. It's an obvious duplicate of the BMW X6.

But exactly how far back should you look? The BMW X5 on which the X6 is based involved market two years after the Mercedes-Benz M-class (which lately was relabelled the GLE), on which this "coupe" version is based. Was the X5 a rip-off? As well as if you map automobile history completely back to its roots, all autos and trucks are variants on the theme pioneered by Karl Benz as well as his License Motorwagen. So that's truly the imitator below?

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

As well as that cares if the hen or the egg preceded, as long as both are scrumptious? With 577 horsepower, the GLE63 S AMG sports car here certainly is a delectable scone, one that also takes place to resemble a bun. We still pine for 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe's old 6.2-liter normally aspirated V-8, yet just like that engine, the twin-turbo 5.5-liter that changed it makes us swoon regardless of what it's driving. Even breathing via turbos, it idles with an irritated whuppitywhuppitywhup that develops into a gnarly Woodward holler under full throttle.
Of Monsters as well as Miatas

The V-8 makes up to 664 lb-ft of torque in various other applications but in the GLE is limited to, , "just" 561. Probably Mercedes assumed that zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds fasted sufficient for a four-wheel-drive SUV. We would certainly agree, if we really did not know the X6 M was quicker by two-tenths. However that's still truly damn fast, as well as the GLE's 12.5-second quarter-mile means you could send off wimpy Ford Mustang GTs with immunity, the all-wheel-drive tract making certain unwavering repeatability. And the GLE AMG manages and stops with just as surprising aplomb. Its huge Continental ContiSportContact tires determining 285/40 -22 are as vast as the back rubber on a Corvette. However those are what the Mercedes wears up front. Out back, it has 325/35 -22 s so big we laughed aloud the first time we saw them. That could be the most combined area for the tires of anything we've ever before checked, as well as on the skidpad, it means 0.95 g and a surprising readiness to rotate. Stopping from 70 miles per hour takes 159 feet, just one foot longer compared to the last Miata we tested.

2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

And that's the last contrast we'll make in between this 5397-pounder and the Miata, due to the fact that the GLE corners too level making anymore. And despite the ginormous rubber and also heroic handling, the trip is suitably 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe deluxe. Despite its chopped roofline, the GLE has sufficient clearance front and also rear for 95th-percentile adults, which is greater than we could state for its only obvious rival, the X6. But carbon-fiber trim as well as white stitching frequently remind residents that this AMG is greater than "merely" a Benz.
Costs Mimicry

It's likewise more than merely a GLE sports car-- a great deal much more. Presently offered just in AMG as well as AMG lite trims, the GLE sports car starts at $66,025 for a GLE450 AMG with the 362-hp twin-turbo V-6. The full-bore AMG version tested right here starts at $110,225. But with the $1950 Motorist Assistance plan for about 15-second jobs of euphoric freeway autonomy, $1100 for rubbing pole positions, one more $1100 for heated backs (plus three-zone climate control), $625 for the magnificent sporting activity exhaust, $550 for warmed as well as cooled mug holders, and also a few added nickels as well as cents, this instance pertained to $118,330.

That may feel like a borderline silly quantity of cash, however remember it's for a beyond-the-borderline silly vehicle. That Mercedes is merely following in BMW's footprints doesn't truly make the GLE coupe any kind of much less ludicrous. Nor does it make it any type of less excellent. If you're going to blatantly rip-off another person's idea, then at the very least do it much better. After that you're not simply replicating them; you're progressing the breed.

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