Mercedes-Benz's new GLE-class gets the AMG treatment, combining a powerful engine with active handling technology designed to keep this heavy SUV-coupe thing  steady in the turns.

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AMG styling cues, such as the double-louver on the grille, mark the GLE63 S Coupe as a performance-oriented vehicle.

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The 5.5-liter V-8 uses direct injection, spraying fuel into each cylinder, while each bank of four cylinders gets its own turbocharger. Output comes in at 577 horsepower.

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The funky body style has SUV proportions under a graceful roofline. The slant back allows for more of a hatchback than a liftgate.

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22-inch wheels come standard, and AMG fits the GLE63 S Coupe with a mixed set of tires, 285/40s at the front and super-wide 325/35s on the rears.

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An active suspension and 4Matic all-wheel-drive should make the GLE63 AMG S Coupe handle like a much smaller car.

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The cabin of the GLE63 S Coupe gains some AMG styling cues, such as carbon fiber trim.

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Mercedes-Benz's Sport Direct Steer, an electric power steering system, allows for a smaller diameter steering wheel.

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The dial on the right selects the drive modes, while the handle on the left incorporates a touchpad for infotainment system operation.

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An available Bang & Olufsen premium audio system includes these A pillar-mounted acoustic lenses.

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Indentations in the headliner allow for reasonable rear headroom.

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