The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 Is A 603 Horsepow—Oh My God, Look At Those Wheels

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The last thing the world probably needs is a go-fast crossover, but that’s what the people demand, and so that’s what we are getting. At the LA Auto Show yesterday, we were introduced to the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63—the AMG-ified version of Benz’s biggest and most luxuriant crossover. It has 603 horsepower, a 48-volt electrical system and... wait. Wait. Good Lord, those wheels!

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You all know what a GLS looks like, right? Not too different from most other big crossovers. So let’s zoom in on those wheels on the car on the auto show display stand:

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My God. They did it. They did the AMG monoblock wheel thing, or at least something aesthetically very similar to that. The 1990s are back, and kids, I am here for it. Very good.

The AMG GLS’ good wheels caught the eye of many refined, high-class tastemakers at the auto show on Wednesday:

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I don’t want to say the monoblock wheels are the best thing about this car, but let’s be honest. Does another 603 HP mega-luxury SUV really get your heart pounding?

The AMG GLS, sans good wheels.
Photo: Mercedes
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But it’s impressive enough for what it is. As I mentioned earlier, you get 603 HP from AMG’s now-ubiquitous 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine, enough to move this beef boy (the regular GLS 450 weighs about 5,700 pounds) to 60 mph in a sports car-like 4.1 seconds.

You also get Mercedes’ new EQ Boost mild hybrid tech, which is a combined starter motor, alternator and electric motor integrated between the engine and the transmission. In addition to powering the 48-volt system, it adds an additional 21 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque for extra passing power. For the first time ever here, Benz made EQ Boost responsible for idle speed control, allowing for extra fuel savings.

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Power goes to all four wheels, predictably, via a nine-speed automatic transmission. It also gets the AMG air suspension with pneumatic self-leveling, active roll stabilization, six driving modes, high-performance brakes and all the other enhancements you’d expect from an AMG model.

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It sounds impressive. And if you spec yours without the AMG monoblock wheels, we can’t be friends.

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