2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review - Replica is the sincerest kind of flattery, yet it's also a risk-free money grab. If you're an automobile company as well as one of your rivals strikes gold with a particular niche item, you fill up that specific niche in your very own lineup. This author recently called the Ram Rebel "a blatant me-too" therefore it generally being a Ford F-150 Raptor rip-off without the compound. You could likewise check out the Mercedes-Benz GLE coupe as an outright me-too. You should. It's a noticeable copy of the BMW X6.

But just 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 recently was renamed the GLE), on which this "coupe" version is based. Was the X5 a rip-off? As well as if you trace automotive record right back to its origins, all vehicles as well as trucks are variations on the motif originated by Karl Benz as well as his License Motorwagen. So who's really the copycat right here?

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

As well as who cares if the poultry or the egg preceded, as long as both are scrumptious? With 577 horsepower, the GLE63 S AMG sports car here definitely is a scrumptious scone, one that additionally happens to appear like a bun. We still crave AMG's worn out 6.2-liter normally aspirated V-8, but easily engine, the twin-turbo 5.5-liter that changed it makes us swoon regardless of what it's pushing. Even taking a breath with turbos, it idles with an irritated whuppitywhuppitywhup that turns into a gnarly Woodward holler under top speed.

2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

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The V-8 makes up to 664 lb-ft of torque in various other applications but in the GLE is restricted to, , "simply" 561. Maybe Mercedes assumed that absolutely no to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds fasted enough for a four-wheel-drive SUV. We would certainly agree, if we didn't understand the X6 M was quicker by two-tenths. Yet that's still truly damn quick, and also the GLE's 12.5-second quarter-mile means you could dispatch wimpy Ford Mustang GTs with impunity, the all-wheel-drive system ensuring undeviating repeatability. And also the GLE 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe deals with as well as quits with similarly shocking aplomb. Its huge Continental ContiSportContact tires gauging 285/40 -22 are as wide as the rear rubber on a Corvette. But those are what the Mercedes uses in advance. Out back, it has 325/35 -22 s so big we giggled aloud the first time we saw them. That could be the most consolidated area for the tires of anything we've ever before examined, as well as on the skidpad, it suggests 0.95 g and a stunning willingness to turn. Stopping from 70 miles per hour takes 159 feet, just one foot longer than the last Miata we examined.

And that's the last contrast we'll make in between this 5397-pounder and the Miata, due to the fact that the GLE edges as well flat to make anymore. And in spite of the ginormous rubber and also heroic handling, the trip is properly Mercedes deluxe. Despite its cropped roofline, the GLE has enough clearance front and also back for 95th-percentile adults, which is more than we can state for its only evident competitor, the X6. Yet carbon-fiber trim as well as white stitching regularly remind passengers that this AMG is more than "simply" a Benz.

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It's likewise greater than simply a GLE sports car-- a lot much more. Presently readily available just in AMG as well as 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe lite trims, the GLE sports car begins at $66,025 for a GLE450 AMG with the 362-hp twin-turbo V-6. The full-bore AMG model checked right here begins at $110,225. However with the $1950 Vehicle driver Assistance package for approximately 15-second stints of blissful freeway freedom, $1100 for rubbing pole positions, one more $1100 for warmed rears (plus three-zone climate control), $625 for the incredible sporting activity exhaust, $550 for heated as well as cooled cup holders, and a few added nickels and also dimes, this example came to $118,330.

That might look like a borderline silly amount of cash, yet bear in mind it's for a beyond-the-borderline silly vehicle. That Mercedes is just upcoming in BMW's footprints doesn't really make the GLE sports car any kind of much less outrageous. Neither does it make it any kind of much less excellent. If you're going to blatantly rip-off somebody else's idea, then a minimum of do it much better. Then you're not just duplicating them; you're progressing the type.

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