AMG GLC 63 S Becomes New SUV Nurburgring King

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Mercedes’ premier SUV smashes the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s 7.5-minute Green Hell record.

Every manufacturer wants to have the vehicles with the fastest lap around the legendary Nurburgring. Throwing down for the cause with a halo car or all of the highest-performing vehicles available is par for the course, but some manufacturers want all of their vehicles to stake their claim on the Green Hell.

One of those claims is that of the fastest SUV around the ‘Ring. Motor Authority the new holder of that claim is Mercedes-AMG, who recently set a time of 7:49.369 in a 2019 GLC 63 S.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S

Claimed with Mercedes-AMG Development Engineer Markus Hofbauer behind the wheel in his first go, the new time smashes the previous record held by the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which set a time of 7:51.7 in late September 2017. The new time also gives back the fastest SUV title to a German manufacturer, after the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S completed its lap in 7:59.74 in 2014.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S

While the Alfa set the previous time with a 510-horsepower 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 paired with all-wheel drive, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S knocked-off the Italian stallion with AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The 503-horse unit may be short a few ponies in comparison, but it’s also backed by Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, an electronic limited-slip diff, and big tires in the back.

According to Motor Authority, Mercedes-AMG is working on an update to the GLC 63 S, which could mean the SUV will be able to keep its claim on the ‘Ring for much longer before another SUV takes the claim. The new GLC 63 S is scheduled for an early 2019 arrival.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

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