When you aren’t getting your head pinned against the seat, check out the ambiance.
If you pay almost $100,000 for a 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S Coupe, you’ll undoubtedly have certain expectations. Many of them are related to power. After all, this Mercedes compact “coupe” has a handmade AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine. It leaps forward at the slightest touch of the pedal, unleashing 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, channeled through an AMG-tuned nine-speed automatic transmission.
Driving the AMG, your neck snaps back when you accelerate, whether you want it to or not. This is far more fun on an open stretch of road, but not so much in stop-and-go traffic, which is made worse by an abrupt stop-start system. With such a powerful engine, the whole car shudders when its eight cylinders fall silent.
So does the interior of this so-called coupe—even though it has four doors—live up to its performance? We spent a few days in a loaded-up $96,425 (base price is $85,095) GLC 63 S to find out.