Of all the places one might expect to find a V8 engine — in a truck, a sports car, or even a living room (can you imagine a cooler coffee table?) — a compact SUV seems the least likely. Yet that’s just the place Mercedes-AMG has wedged its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged mill (among other AMG-badged hotrods).
The Mercedes-AMG GLC isn’t in need of more power. After all, the 362-horsepower GLC43 model is already among the most potent crossovers on the market. But luxury car buyers want more, lifting the ceiling for performance and extravagance beyond present reach. As the only V8-powered model in its class of compact premium crossovers, the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 is the sort of exclusive experience consumers crave in the hottest vehicle segment today. Our first drive of the range-topping GLC takes us to Nashville, Tennessee — America’s live music capital. Let’s see if AMG’s latest act is worth the price of admission.