Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S sets SUV Nurburgring record

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S

Mercedes-AMG recently shut down the Nurburgring Nordschleife to make final preparations for the 24 Hour Nurburgring race coming up in a couple of weeks time.

But according to Bridge To Gantry, the prep time was used for another purpose altogether.

Having got wind that Mercedes-AMG was there for another reason, Bridge to Gantry got out the camera and started filming.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S interior

And as you can see from the video below, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S was going very hard at it, with no other cars on the track.

And because the car is well into production, there was no testing or data gathering.

Instead, it appears that Mercedes-AMG was going after the Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s SUV Nurburgring lap record.

You may remember that the Stelvio QV was said to have set the SUV record with a seven minute, 51 second lap. But according to Bridge To Gantry, the whole Stelvio record thing is a bit of a ruse, with the people who put the video together having clipped it slightly to reduce the lap time.

Whether that’s true or not is a debate for another time, however, what isn’t in dispute is that the GLC 63 S has beaten the Stelvio.

Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S sets Nurburgring lap record

Yes, the Stelvio has now been usurped by the AMG SUV, with the stove-hot GLC lapping the Nordschleife in a stunning time of just 7:49.37.

Considering this is a 12.9 mile track that rises some 600 ft from one end to the other, this is an epic feat.

Its terrific turn of speed is thanks to a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, making 503 horsepower, which coincidentally is the same as the Stelvio’s output.

Will anyone else attempt an SUV lap record?

Without question, there will be similar attempts coming from other manufacturers.

With Jaguar and Land Rover also targeting the same SUV record, there should be some interesting claims coming through soon.

Jeep could also attempt a lap record with its Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, but it will need to maintain its blistering pace through the corners to be a proper contender.

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