Despite Porsche's stunning new U.S.-bound Panamera Sport Turismo Wagon, we have a feeling America will not fall in love performance wagons any time soon. Mercedes knows this, which is why it finally dropped its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 into the mid-level GLC crossover. The result is a small SUV with enough power to smoke pretty much any other practical car on the market.
The GLC63 AMG is Mercedes's a a practical performance car for the American market. Our love for crossovers—along with our disdain for wagons—meant the German automaker couldn't just bring the AMG C63 Estate to the States and call it a day.
Sold in crossover and "Coupe" body styles, the 469-horsepower GLC63 is equipped with the same nifty torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system from the new E63 AMG. It doesn't have the E63's drift mode, but it does include Mercedes's new nine-speed automatic transmission. All of that together means a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds.
Additionally, GLC63 AMG Coupe is offered in a 503-horsepower S trim, just like the C63 AMG S. With the S package equipped, the GLC63 Coupe's 0-60 time drops to just 3.7 seconds.
Judging by the Launch Edition Coupe shown above, it looks like Mercedes will equip the GLC63 with Michelin's brand new Pilot Sport 4S summer tires—perfect for those high-speed grocery runs.
Mercedes says North America is AMG's biggest market, and judging by our growing love of crossovers, we have a feeling the GLC63 will be a hit
Expect to see them on the road by the end of this year.