Mercedes GLE 450 AMG is here in all its glory. The C 450 AMG was the first Benz to wear the Mercedes-AMG Sport label. Now the GLE joins the mild AMG line-up at the upper end of the super SUVs class.
First, let’s put things into perspective. AMG Sport is to Mercedes what M Performance line is to BMW: models blessed with the AMG label, developed by the sporty arm but simply not as extreme as their fully fledged counterparts – the 557 hp GLE 63 AMG in this case.
First came the C 450 AMG, destined to make us warm and fuzzy about the new concept. Later we got the GLE Coupe in 450 AMG guise, one-notch lower under 63 AMG. Now Mercedes has also drawn the curtain off the regular GLE in 450 AMG trim.
Like the C 450 and the AMG Coupe, the new Mercedes GLE 450 AMG also features a souped-up version of the 3.0-liter V6 bi-turbo engine also found in lesser form under the bonnet of GLE 400 models.
Total output amounts to 367 hp and 520 Nm. Switching is assured by a nine-speed 9G-Tronic transmission with 60 percent of the power going to the rear axle in normal driving conditions. The rest is sent to the front wheels, but torque can vary depending on traction requirements.
The 100 km/h mark is hit in 5.7 seconds sharp. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h while mixed consumption is rated at 8.6 liters per 100 km.
What would an AMG Mercedes be without a proper sports suit? The GLE 450 AMG complies and gets ready to impress with enormous 20-inch aluminum wheels and black finished front and twin chrome exhaust pipes. The interior has dressed sporty as well with sports steering wheel, aluminum decor details and sport pedals among the traits.