2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review - Imitation is the sincerest kind of flattery, but it's also a safe money grab. If you're a car company and also one of your rivals strikes gold with a specific niche food, you load that niche in your very own lineup. This writer recently called the Ram Rebel "a blatant me-too" therefore it generally being a Ford F-150 Raptor rip-off without the material. You may also take a look at the Mercedes-Benz GLE sports car as a blatant me-too. You should. It's a noticeable duplicate of the BMW X6.

Yet just how far back should you look? The BMW X5 on which the X6 is based came to market two years after the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe (which lately was renamed the GLE), on which this "coupe" variation is based. Was the X5 a rip-off? As well as if you map auto history right back to its roots, all vehicles and vehicles are variations on the motif spearheaded by Karl Benz as well as his License Motorwagen. So who's truly the imitator right here?

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

And also who cares if the chicken or the egg preceded, so long as both are scrumptious? With 577 horsepower, the GLE63 S AMG coupe here certainly is a delightful scone, one that also takes place to resemble a bun. We still pine for AMG's worn out 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V-8, yet easily engine, the twin-turbo 5.5-liter that replaced it makes us swoon no matter what it's pushing. Even taking a breath with turbos, it idles with a bad-tempered whuppitywhuppitywhup that develops into a gnarly Woodward roar under top speed.

Of Beasts and Miatas
The V-8 makes up to 664 lb-ft of torque in various other applications however in the GLE is limited to, , "merely" 561. Possibly Mercedes believed that zero to 60 mph in 3.9 secs was quick sufficient for a four-wheel-drive SUV. We would agree, if we didn't know the X6 M was quicker by two-tenths. However that's still really damn fast, as well as the GLE's 12.5-second quarter-mile implies you could send off frail Ford Mustang GTs with impunity, the all-wheel-drive tract ensuring undeviating repeatability. As well as the GLE AMG deals with and quits with just as stunning aplomb. Its massive Continental ContiSportContact tires measuring 285/40 -22 are as wide as the back rubber on a Corvette. But those are just what the Mercedes puts on up front. Out back, it has 325/35 -22 s so big we giggled aloud the first time we saw them. That might be one of the most combined area for the tires of anything we've ever before checked, and on the skidpad, it means 0.95 g as well as a shocking determination to rotate. Stopping from 70 miles per hour takes 159 feet, just one foot longer than the last Miata we checked.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Review

Which's the last contrast we'll make in between this 5397-pounder and also the Miata, due to the fact that the GLE edges also standard to make any more. As well as even with the ginormous rubber as well as brave handling, the trip is suitably Mercedes luxurious. Regardless of its chopped roofline, the GLE has enough clearance front and also rear for 95th-percentile grownups, which is more than we could say for its only noticeable rival, the X6. However carbon-fiber trim as well as white sewing regularly remind passengers that this AMG is more than "merely" a Benz.

Costs Mimicry
It's additionally more than simply a GLE coupe-- a whole lot more. Presently offered just in AMG and AMG lite trims, the GLE coupe begins at $66,025 for a GLE450 AMG with the 362-hp twin-turbo V-6. The full-bore 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe version examined below starts at $110,225. However with the $1950 Motorist Assistance package deal for approximately 15-second stints of joyous highway freedom, $1100 for massaging pole positions, one more $1100 for heated backs (plus three-zone environment control), $625 for the fantastic sporting activity exhaust, $550 for warmed and cooled down mug owners, and a few additional nickels and dimes, this example came to $118,330.

That may appear like a borderline unreasonable quantity of cash, yet bear in mind it's for a beyond-the-borderline unreasonable vehicle. That Mercedes is merely complying with in BMW's steps doesn't actually make the GLE sports car any much less ridiculous. Nor does it make it any type of less excellent. If you're going to blatantly rip-off someone else's concept, then at least do it much better. Then you're not merely replicating them; you're advancing the breed.

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