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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG
has finally been revealed ahead of its official world debut this week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
on Wednesday.“Like its predecessors, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG sets new standards in terms of performance, exclusivity and an outstanding driving experience – plus the efficiency factor, which is acquiring ever greater emphasis at Mercedes-AMG,” said Ola Kallenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
On the outside, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG gains a full body kit that includes unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wider front fenders, plus distinctive quad tail pipes and newly styled 20-inch wheels wrapped in 265/45 R 20 high-performance tires or optionally, 295/35 R 21 tires on 21-inch AMG alloy wheels. Inside interior has been designers granted the ML with new leather-covered sport seats, a four-spoke performance steering wheel, aluminum trim accents and a bespoke instrument cluster with a color TFT monitor, AMG welcome logo and AMG main menu.
As predicted, the ML63 AMG’s is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 518 hp (386 kW / 525 PS) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque. Fuel-economy has been improved rather dramatically over the previous unit (33 percent) and now features a rating of 16 mpg (14.7 liters/100 km). Mercedes-Benz says that acceleration from zero to 60 mph (96km/h) takes 4.7 seconds and 4.6 seconds for the 518HP and 550HP models respectively, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph and at 174 mph with the AMG Performance Package.
The engine is mated to a AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission with engine deactivation through one of the three driving programs. In ‘Controlled Efficiency mode (C) the ECO stop/start function activates and shuts down the big V8 when the vehicle is at a stand still. Other driver programs include Sport (S) and Manual (M). For the first time, the AMG sports suspension with AIRMATIC Air Suspension, independent damper struts, automatic level control and Adaptive Damping System (ADS) is combined with the firm’s ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM that features active stabilizers on the front and rear axles to compensate for body roll during cornering.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG goes on sale in the first quarter of next year.
Photo 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG