Goliath on steroids: Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4Matic goes official in LA

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Mercedes-Benz has presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4Matic +, the most powerful version of the brand’s largest SUV.

The young GLS is already getting acquainted with a fierce AMG variant. The Mercedes-AMG 63 4Matic (there is no S version!!) is impressive in every respect, but strikingly subdued on the outside for a product from Affalterbach.

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4Matic gets the well-known 4.0-liter V8 under the hood, an eight-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 612 hp and 850 Nm, but thanks to a 48-volt system and Mercedes’ EQ-boost starter generator delivers a temporary 22 hp extra. Switching is done by a nine-speed automatic transmission with double clutch which distributes the power across all four wheels. The powertrain helps the 2.5-meter wide and 5.2-meter long GLS to reach in 4.2 seconds 100 km / h. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 km / h. If you dig deeper into the wallet and buy the Driver Package, you can increase the top speed to 280 km / h. The average consumption? 11.9 l / 100 km …

The AMG variant of the GLS is fitted with adaptive AMG Active Ride Control air suspension as standard – with active stabilization to prevent rolling movements. That is of course not the only thing that changes. Mercedes-AMG mounts extra powerful brakes behind the light-alloy wheels. Great for the sleepers among us: the GLS can also be driven as a rear-wheel drive since the way in which the power is distributed over the wheels is variable. The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4Matic + can of course be set in various driving modes, such as Comfort, Sport, Sport + Trail and Sand.

On the outside, the GLS 63 4Matic can be recognized thanks the typical AMG grille with vertical bars. The chrome-plated grille is flanked by multibeam LED headlights. The bonnet has so-called ‘power domes’ and the bumper work on both the front and rear must breathe more sportiness. The GLS carries strips painted in body color around the wheel arches and at the bottom of the rear bumper not only the well-known four angled exhaust end pieces are given a place, but also a diffuser. The GLS 63 4Matic rides as standard on ten-spoke 20-inch alloy, although 21 and even 23-inch alloy is available as an option. If you order the optional AMG Night package, you will receive a GLS that is finished on the outside with an arsenal of black-colored details.

Mercedes-AMG mounts sports seats, sports pedals in the interior and you are greeted by illuminated AMG logos before you step in. In addition to Modern Classic, Sport and Discreet, the digital instrument panel can also be set to AMG-specific Supersport mode. Also standard: the three-spoke AMG steering wheel.