Luxuriously roomy and built like a tank, the top-of-the-line GL63 AMG is the perfect combination of power and style. AMG's signature details give the beefy, three-row crossover SUV sporty edge while the finely-tuned AMG V8 is powerful enough to transport seven capably and comfortably with a remarkable 550 horsepower.
Not a lot of vehicles on the market come packed with that kind of power. To put it in context, the GL63 has more power than the Porsche 911 Turbo (500 horsepower), is equal to the Ford Shelby GT 500, and close to Ferrari's 458 Italia (562 horsepower).
What's New for 2016
After the 2015 model's major update, there are minor changes to the 2016. Cinnabar Red has been dropped from the exterior color palette and five years of complimentary mbrace in-vehicle technology and app service now come standard.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG
The high-performance GL63 AMG is fitted with a handmade AMG twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 that produces a throaty 550 horsepower, a seven-speed automatic transmission, enhanced all-wheel drive, a sport-tuned, adaptive suspension system and high-performance brakes that can handle the weight of a vehicle loaded with seven full-size passengers. The Mercedes Active Curve System of adaptive stabilizer bars keeps the SUV from feeling too top heavy.
AMG high-performance sports styling is visible inside and out with enhanced support to the front-row leather sports seats, a sport steering wheel and AMG 21-inch wheels. Other standard amenities include a navigation system and Harmon Kardon's 610-watt surround sound 14-speaker system with satellite radio.
An optional trailer-hitch package adds 7,500 pounds of towing capacity to the GL63. Other optional packages includes:
- Lighting Package with bi-Xenon headlamps
- Premium Package adds voice control, keyless start and upgraded interior lighting
- Parking Assist Package includes a surround view system and PARKTRONIC active parking assist
- Driver Assistance Package adds Blind Spot, Lane Keeping and Speed Control assistance
Buyers of this model are spending top dollar for it and it provides nearly everything they could desire. Since it comes with almost every feature as standard, our advice is to add the painted red brake calipers to complete AMG's distinctive styling.