Mercedes GLC 63 AMG S breaks SUV Nurburgring lap record
Another lap record has fallen at the 'Ring - for school-run family haulers.
It’s official: another Nurburgring lap record has fallen - this time, the SUV record. With a time of 7:49.369, the Mercedes GLC 63 AMG S has not only beaten the previous road-legal record holder - the Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV that lapped the ‘Ring in 7:51.7 - but it’s also surpassed the record set by the BMW X5 LM of 7:50. That car was powered by a 700 horsepower V12 from a BMW Le Mans racing car, and was tuned by motorsport engineers specifically to be fast on track to publicise the then-new X5.
The Mercedes on the other hand does without such racing fripperies. With its 4L Twin-Turbo V8 pumping out 503bhp, it’s also fighting a 197 horsepower deficit in contrast to the BMW. But due to a pesky little thing called “progress”, it still manages to lap the green hell faster than anything in its unconventional niche has before.
It’s difficult to ascertain just how long this record will stand. With Lamborghini previously insinuating that their Urus would be capable of breaking the record, an attempt from them is likely - especially given they hold the production car record. You then have Porsche with their Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid - another contender for the SUV crown.
While I will forever detest performance SUVs, I cannot deny that this record is impressive. Back in the early 90’s, the fastest hypercar on Earth - the Jaguar XJ220 - broke the production car lap record with a time of 7:46.37. Who would’ve thought that 25 or so years later, SUVs would be very nearly be going just as fast.
You can watch the lap above. Even if performance SUVs aren’t your thing, the pace is rather alarming.
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