For the record, the Ferrari F40 has 471 hp.
Luxury crossovers are a hot-selling segment these days, and automakers are doing their absolute best to capitalize on this. The concept of crossovers is simple enough: take a sedan platform, add a new, somewhat SUV-looking sexier body, and jack up the ride height. Oh, and don’t forget to boost the price, too. That’s the magic formula, and Mercedes-Benz has adapted to it very well with its GLC-Class, which is based on the C-Class sedan.
And because BMW has made a killing with its M cars, everything from the M3 to the X6 M, Mercedes-AMG is now becoming fully engaged in its own form of street legal lunacy. Meet the upcoming GLC 63 AMG, caught here testing in prototype form by our spy photographers. Now, here’s where things get naughty: the GLC 63 AMG will come powered by the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 found in the C63 AMG, where it produces 469 hp. It’s entirely possible (and probably likely) that Mercedes-AMG will do a GLC 63 AMG S version. Expect for that to have an output just above 500 hp. Styling wise, these images don’t fully reveal the aggressive new front bumper with its larger air intakes, though we figure it’ll strongly resemble the one found on the C63.
What Mercedes didn’t hide so well are the massive brakes with its drilled rotors and quad exhaust pipes. Our sources have told us this particular test mule had one hell of an exhaust note. If all goes to plan, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 will debut sometime in the second half of this year.