Mercedes-Benz South Africa has released local pricing for its new Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupé, which is primed for battle with BMW's 460 kW X6 M Competition.

Interestingly, the GLE63 S in the standard body style has yet to appear on the Stuttgart-based firm’s local website.

So, how much are you looking at for the fresh-faced GLE63 S Coupé? Well, local pricing starts at R2 862 920. For the record, the X6 M Competition starts at R2 733 420.

As a reminder, Affalterbach’s twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 petrol engine here offers 450 kW and 850 N.m to all four wheels. However, the German company has also electrified the powerplant in this application.

In fact, the starter motor and alternator have been combined into a single electric motor squeezed between the engine and the nine-speed automatic transmission, “temporarily” offering an additional 16 kW and 250 N.m. The result is a blast from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 3,8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h.

In South Africa, the list of standard features includes items such as 22-inch alloys, Nappa leather interior, air suspension with adaptive damping, a 360-degree camera system, the MBUX multimedia arrangement (with extended functions), a panoramic sliding sunroof, a Burmester surround sound system and the AMG Driver's package.

Options, meanwhile, include various wheel designs, upgraded leather upholstery, the AMG Night package (R17 100), an AMG carbon-fibre engine cover (R15 500), climatised front seats (R21 900, although heated front seats are standard), the MBUX rear-seat entertainment system (R48 500), a head-up display (R18 900) and an AMG performance exhaust system (R28 800).