Mercedes has revealed its new 2012 ML 63 AMG in order to compete effectively with BMW’s M division SUVs and Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo.
The new 4X4 is installed with AMG’s new 5.5-litre V8 Biturbo engine that cranks out 518bhp and 516lb ft. Although limited to 155mph, the ML63 will surpass 62mph in just 4.8 seconds. It is also offered with a performance package and if selected, turbo pressure is increased from 1.0 to 1.3 bar to unleash 415kW and 760Nm, making it possibly the most powerful production SUV in the world.
With speed also comes conscientious driving as Mercedes has fitted the vehicle with a number of fuel saving technologies. There’s stop-start, the latest piezo-managed direct injection and a seven-speed auto transmission for a CO2 rating that decreases fuel consumption by 27% from its predecessor. Average economy is also trimmed with a decrease in weight of 40kg. Four-wheel drive, Airmatic air suspension with three selectable modes, adaptive dampers and a choice of 20 inch or 21 inch alloys comes standard.
The performance package also offers some special extras that include an engine cover in genuine carbon, red-painted brake callipers and the AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather.
According to Mercedes’s website “The ML 63 AMG thrills with unbridled power- felt and heard with every acceleration and visible in every detail of the powerful, distinctive AMG design.”