Muscular AMG GLC 63 S Devours the Porsche Macan PP

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Top Gear video shows that while Porsche’s SUV costs less, it certainly lacks the Benz’ muscular look and twin-turbo V8.

As consumers turn more and more towards SUVs and crossovers, every manufacturer is looking at every way possible to capture the market. One way happens to be injecting high performance into the standard soccer bus, leading to the arrival of hot-rod SUVs.

Top Gear recently got a hold of a couple of mid-size high-performance SUVs for a brief going-over, the Porsche Macan PP, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S. Who comes out on top? We know who, but let’s not spoil ourselves.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 vs Porsche Macan PP

“What we’ve got here is the Porsche Macan Performance Pack, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S,” says deputy editor Jack Rix, “two cars with differing philosophies. The Porsche [is] more focused on handling finesse, and the Mercedes [is] all about brute force.”

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 vs Porsche Macan PP

While the Macan makes do with a twin-turbo V6 making only 434 horses, the GLC 63’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 503 horses to the pavement, pushing the hot-rod mid-sizer from zero to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.

Mercedes-AMG GLC63 vs Porsche Macan PP

Of course, the Macan does beat the GLC 63 S on price, nearly $89,000 “for the Porker” compared to the AMG’s $97,000 price tag. But that’s all “the Porker” can beat the GLC 63 S with.

Mercedes-AMG GLC63 vs Porsche Macan PP

“Let’s face it. Most of these cars are gonna live out their lives as style chariots,” says Rix, “not really as the engineers intended. So, the way they look is important, and for me, it’s gotta be the Merc.”

That’s right. The GLC 63’s “pumped-up arches” and wide track are a better look while waiting to pick up the kids from school than the Macan’s jelly-bean dad bod, with plenty of “larger-than-life character” to spare.

Mercedes-AMG GLC63 vs Porsche Macan PP

The Macan may be about precision in comparison, but Rix puts it best: “Who wants precision when you got power?” Mercedes-AMG wins again, as always.

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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.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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