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It looks like a Haribo Gummi Bear that they tested in the Wind Tunnel.:|

Mercedes makes a 577 HP SUV so car-like, you should probably just get one instead



Having performed duty as an expeditionary vehicle in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and tenure as the Popemobile, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class has certainly proven its versatility. Now, with a name change to the GLE-class, the automaker’s mid-size SUV faces new challenges, mainly the growing market of luxury utility buyers who also want a sports car crammed in there, too. With liberal application of AMG magic, Mercedes was only too happy to oblige, crafting the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe.

The AMG GLE 63 S Coupe is the range topper of Mercedes-Benz’s newly badge GLE-class. It comes in a conventional SUV configuration with a multitude of available models while the sportier GLE Coupe is the more performance-oriented iteration. This top-tier model houses AMG’s 5.5-liter biturbo V8 that produces 577 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed to the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system via the AMG speedshift plus 7G-tronic transmission. I took the new performance GLE through its paces from its native homeland, road-tripping from the south of Germany though the lush alpine backroads of neighboring Austria.

Baby got Affalterbach

From the start, the beastly mid-sized utility vehicle sports a distinct coupe-like fastback design that clearly telegraphs the GLE Coupe’s sporty intentions. The front of the AMG differentiates itself from the standard GLE Coupe with a large chrome-edged “A-wing” that directs the air through the front’s capacious air apertures.

2016 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S Coupe First Drive | Digital Trends
 
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