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2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Is a Coupe on V8 Steroids

By JOHN SCOTT LEWINSKI
Wed, Aug 16, 2023 8:00amGrey Clock 4 min

The coming model year brings an updated machine into the Mercedes-Benz AMG garage: a large, powerful coupe launched by a wonderfully inappropriate V8 engine.

The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S is a type of vehicle that didn’t exist for previous destinations. Bigger than some lesser SUV models at 195-inches long and weighing more than 2.5 tons, the AMG GLE 63 S rides higher than most Mercedes-Benz models. It lives under the coupe label despite its four-door frame, preserving the moniker with a hard top roof and sloping rear lines. Still, as the 63 S muscles its way along from its almost 118-inch wheelbase to its broad haunches, its visual impact says “coupe, but on AMG steroids.”

If there’s a challenge to overcome in getting comfortable with the GLE 63 S Coupe, it’s those visuals. With so many modern vehicles on the road taking the form of SUVs or crossovers that are really no more than large hatchbacks, the sight of a vehicle that’s none of the above while also shrugging off the modest lines of a sedan takes some getting used to from the outside. Still, once the driver makes that adjustment, he or she can get on with the enjoyment of driving an AMG-tuned Mercedes barely tamed brute.

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For the uninitiated, AMG is the Mercedes-Benz tuning shop where already great cars become more aggressive. AMG amps the power and handling abilities, adds more than a few more bucks, quid, or euros to the price tag and hands them along to serious driving enthusiasts.

The 2024 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S has 603 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds. Mercedes-AMG

For the GLE 63 S, the shop penned in a handcrafted 4-liter V8 Biturbo beast under the hood—but at least nodded to environmental concerns by layering electric hybrid assist. The result of all that uncompromising German engineering is 603 horsepower and a 0-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds. That’s serious, “snap your head back” speed in a large, solidly built vehicle.

A combination of AMG Speedshift TCT 9-speed automatic transmission with sport paddle shifting and all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution keep all of that power on the road. The end result driving experience features a grounded, balanced, and stately ride that elevates the owner above the ugliness of common pavement—with truly aggressive, roaring power waiting if you put your toe down in Sport or Sport+ mode.

Michael Knoeller, head of marketing and sales at Mercedes-AMG, says a lot of planning and thought go into how the company maintains two identities: an automaker providing traditional, tuned power and performance for enthusiasts, while also forging technology for electric vehicles.

“Mercedes-AMG is in the transformation phase in the mid- and long-term,” Knoeller says. “While our handcrafted V8 powertrains will continue to be offered in familiar models for some time, we are also working on AMG’s own BEV platform, AMG.EA. This will enable us to meet a wide range of customer needs in markets where the V8 engine continues to play a role, as well as with our all-electric EQ models.”

And regardless of the drivetrain technology, a Mercedes has to be a Mercedes, Knoeller adds. There are high expectations for buyers of make and its models, whether or not they’re AMG-forged vehicles.

“All Mercedes-AMG models must deliver on our brand promise of superior performance and unique technology,” he says. “In doing so, we can adopt certain technologies from the world of combustion engines, while other technologies we develop completely from scratch.”

As for what purpose the 2024 AMG GLE 63 S Coupe plays in this grand scheme of old meets new and power meets preservation, the answer is a mixed grill. The monster-sized coupe is large enough to serve as a luxury people carrier, but powerful enough for the occasional track day before standing in as a grand tourer with ample power.

“We think the GLE 63 S Coupe excels in a variety of areas,” Knoeller explains. “It perfectly meets the demand for luxury and comfort, while also offering ample space.”

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He points to the distinctive, though challenging appearance as a plus that brings interested eyeballs to the vehicle, while the 603-horespower output looks to thrill the human behind the wheel. The Sport + dynamic driving setting is intended for track days and maximum driving entertainment, he says (even if there are more suitable products in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio for track days, such as the SL Roadster).

In terms of the future, Knoeller reassures passionate drivers that high performance models such as the GLE 63 S Coupe and its ilk will have a place in the Mercedes AMG family for a while yet.

“The segment of sporty SUVs and the demand for our models has grown steadily in recent years,” he says. “We also see further potential here in the long term, so there is no need to worry about the future of the GLE 63 S Coupe. We have already set the course for an electric future and recently presented our new Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV.”

The starting MSRP for the rides making up the GLE class start around US$80,000, with the AMG enhancements on the GLE 63 S Coupe nudging the price up to US$125,000 and beyond. If the lover of German meticulousness can get used to the edgy and nontraditional styling cues, he or she will buy into a unique blend of stately performance with deceptive and effective power.



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David Charette has teamed up with CIRCU Magical Furniture to design spaces that capture the essence of childhood wonder.

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This collaboration between David Charette, founder and principal of Britto Charette, and CIRCU Magical Furniture aims to stimulate the imaginations of children, encouraging them to invent their own tales of adventure. Drawing on his extensive travels, Charette believes that journeying through different cultures can spark creativity in young minds.

His latest venture uses a mix of luxury elements and magical themes, incorporating products from CIRCU, Covet House, and other vendors to create unique, enchanting children’s rooms. These spaces are designed to reflect the excitement and mystery of exploring new worlds.

The Sleeping are:

David Charette has transformed a Montreal residence into a magical sleeping area where time seems to pause, and adventures await. Known for its long, cold winters and short days, Montreal served as the perfect backdrop for Charette’s vision of a space that remains warm and bright throughout the year.

Central to the design is the concept of “light and bright,” brought to life using de Gournay‘s hand-painted wall coverings in fresh mint, decorated with flying butterflies. These elements beautifully complement the original shapes of the KOKET Nymph Wall Lamp and the organic curves of the CIRCU Tristen Bed.

Charette’s attachment to the Tristen Bed stems not only from its youthful appeal but also from its ergonomic design, which makes it easy for children to climb in and out of, enhancing both its functionality and charm.

The Bed:

Charette paired the modern lines of the bed with the unique design of the Boca do Lobo Wave Nightstand and the funky style of Delightfull’s Billy Table Lamp. By blending these contemporary pieces with the classic elements in the decor of this luxury kids’ room, Charette has crafted a unique space that breathes a natural breeze of inspiration into any child’s environment.

This combination not only adds aesthetic appeal but also stimulates the imagination, making the room a perfect sanctuary for creativity and dreams.

The seating area:

The room also includes a cozy seating area perfect for young readers. Centred around the CIRCU Dainty Armchair, this space is tailored for kids, with the chair’s delicate structure and elegant design enhancing the room’s charm. Its pink velvet upholstery adds a vibrant pop of color, enriching the room’s palette. To distinctly separate this reading corner from the rest of the sleeping area, Charette chose the Boca Do Lobo Gold Folding Screen from Covet House, which not only adds an element of privacy but also contributes a touch of sophistication to the space.

The Play and Study area:

David Charette aimed to create a space with an “Out of Africa” vibe to spark a child’s imagination and inspire a passion for lifelong adventures and travels. Drawing from fond memories of camping during his own childhood, Charette incorporated a Teepee Tent into the room’s design, allowing children to feel as they are camping in a forest right within their own bedroom.

This nature-inspired theme is beautifully complemented by the Fornasetti wall coverings from Cole & Son and the Filigree Cricket Wall Lamp, which are insect-shaped sconces by Boca do Lobo.

Adding to the ambiance, Charette notes, “The clouds on the ceiling further the idea of camping (in this case “glamping”) and dreaming, and the Circu Cloud Suspension lamps add to the dreamy camping vibe.”

To maintain this adventurous theme, Charette selected the CIRCU NODO Suspension Chair. It not only brings a hint of outdoor fun indoors with an elegant flair but also offers a comfy spot for kids to unwind and lose themselves in their favorite stories.

In his design, David Charette, of Britto Charette, focused on enhancing the sense of freedom and sparking children’s imaginations in their own space. He chose one of his favorite pieces from CIRCU, the Sky Desk, for its playful design and inspirational form. Shaped like an airplane, this desk not only becomes the central feature of playtime but also transforms homework into an exciting adventure. The unique design aims to captivate and motivate young minds, turning everyday tasks into a flight of imagination.

David Charette designed this luxury children’s room with the hope that it would inspire children to dream, play, and develop a deep respect for nature as they embark on their own adventures.

He crafted the room to be “transitional,” capable of evolving with a child from toddler years into adolescence. This design approach not only aims to create a lasting, imaginative space for children but also to show parents the value of investing in unique, high-quality pieces like those from Circu. These carefully chosen items stand out from mass-produced children’s designs, offering both aesthetic appeal and long-term utility.

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