Eric's Autos: Reviewing the 2018 Mercedes AMG GLE
Bears don't look like they can move fast, but then you see one run ...
The Mercedes-Benz GLE AMG midsized vehicle is kind of like that. It's a big galoot -- 5,000 pounds at the curb. And not only does it run; it runs faster than anything less than a new Corvette, a car that's 2,000 pounds lighter and has the disadvantage of looking like it can run. (Ask any traffic cop what that means.) Meanwhile, this Mercedes looks almost innocuous. And that means being able to run under the radar.
What It Is
To get the GLE AMG, start with a two-row, five-passenger Mercedes GLE. Keep its 9.1 inches of ground clearance. Chuck the otherwise-standard 3.5-liter V-6. Replace it with your pick of high-performance engines built by Mercedes' in-house hot-rod shop: a twin-turbo V-6 with 385 horsepower or -- the main course -- a hand-built 5.5-liter V-8 with 550 horsepower.
Of course, this kind of fun has its price.
The AMG GLE 43, the model with the bi-turbo V-6, costs $68,745.
The AMG GLE 63, with the twin-turbo V-8, has a base price of $110,650.
The twin-turbo V-6 gets a 25-horsepower bump up from last year. A variety of new interior trim panels are available for both the AMG GLE 43 and the AMG GLE 63.