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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe Debuts in Detroit

AMG reveals its variant of the new crossover-coupe.

When Mercedes pulled the cover off of its new 2016 GLE crossover-coupe back in December, we knew an AMG variant was not far off. Mercedes-AMG teased the upcoming go-fast GLE in a quick video prior to the debut, and now Mercedes has officially revealed the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe 4Matic at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

As is the case with nearly every offering from the AMG factory, the Affalterbach engineers managed to shoehorn an immensely powerful twin-turbo V-8 under the hood of the new GLE63 S Coupe, in this case the company's familiar 5.5-liter unit. With 577 hp and 561 ft-lbs of torque, the large crossover coupe can rocket from a standstill to 60 mph in an absurd 4.2 seconds. This puts the GLE63 S Coupe right in line with its direct competitor, the 2015 BMW X6 M. The GLE63 S Coupe has a 10 hp and 8 lb-ft advantage over the X6 M's twin-turbo V-8, but the Mercedes is 0.2 second behind the BMW's 0-60 sprint of just 4.0 seconds.

As the Mercedes GLE-Class Coupe is related to the ML-Class (which will soon be renamed GLE-Class), it's no surprise the GLE63 Coupe shares its 5.5-liter engine with the extant ML63 AMG. However, AMG extracts only 518 hp and 516 lb-ft from the engine in the ML63, meaning that crossover takes 4.7 seconds to reach the 60-mph benchmark.

To handle all the increase in muscle, the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe comes in Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel-drive layout only, with 60 percent of the engine's power sent to the rear. AMG's ubiquitous Speedshift seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, with an available manual-only shifting mode. AMG also fitted the GLE63 S Coupe with a host of dynamic driving settings: Slippery, Individual (custom), Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus, each affecting the engine response, transmission, stability control thresholds, steering weight, and suspension setups.

To reign in the unavoidable bulk of the GLE63 S Coupe at high speed, Mercedes-AMG fitted the GLE63 with its Airmatic air-suspension system, providing adaptable suspension settings, firmness, and ride-height on the move. The GLE monitors suspension parameters, steering-wheel angle, speed, and both gas and brake pedal positions to determine the ideal suspension adjustment for each individual situation.

To ensure the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe stops as fast as it accelerates, the crossover wears 15.4 inch disc brakes in the front and 13.6 discs in the rear, hidden behind large 22-inch aluminum wheels wrapped with 285/40 R22 tires in the front and 325/35 R22 tires in the rear.

In typical AMG fashion, the GLE63 S Coupe is outfitted with aggressive exterior modifications, lending a more athletic look to the crossover coupe. Most noticeably, the GLE63 S Coupe features flared wheel arches, traditional of full-blown AMG models. A front splitter and a rear diffuser are added for increased downforce. The all-important AMG badging appears on the rear, and a classic 'V8 Biturbo' badge is fitted to the side front fenders.

Inside, the GLE63 S Coupe has a full nappa leather-upholstered interior, with AMG sport seats, and a three-spoke sport steering wheel. Aluminum accents are spread throughout the cabin, with carbonfiber-style trim applied to the 200 mph speedometer. The rest of the cabin, with regard to the controls and accouterments, is a traditional Mercedes' affair, with the buttons and center console command center shown in high-gloss piano black trim and brushed silver aluminum accents.

There's no word yet on official pricing, but expect the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe's sticker to fall somewhere above that of the ML63 AMG crossover (to which the GLE is related), which begins at $99,325, including destination. The high-performance model goes on sale in