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Review: 2008 Mercedes-Benz AMG test drive

Posted: Feb 07,

The Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG provides straight-line speed and a comfortable but is hampered by a rough ride and low fuel economy.

by Lawrence

ForbesAutos.com

AMG, the performance arm of seems to be on a mission. It wants to its fearsome reach to every of the Benz lineup, including that appear to defy

For the majority of buyers, the ML350 SUV around quite smartly its 268-horsepower V6 engine. Its $44,825 price isn’t too painful, and even tolerable at the pump, fuel economy rated at 15 per gallon city/20 mpg highway. The ML320 CDI, for $1,000 boosts mileage to 18/24 (It delivered the highest tested economy we”ve ever in a midsize SUV, at a combined 24 mpg a week”s worth of driving.)

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Moving up in the M-Class the $53,575 ML550 features a V8 with 382 horsepower, and a fuel rating of 13/18 mpg. too unusual here “” a lot of SUVs around numbers like It’s still playing in ballpark.

That brings us to the exceptional AMG, an $87,825, 503-horsepower over reality”s center-field We”re not sure why anyone drive this deluxe truck, but whoever it is, they may be too fast for us to ask them. Then there”s always the gas station: The abysmal fuel economy of 11 mpg mpg highway will ensure stops to quench the beast’s Our week-long test returned 13 mpg on premium fuel, meaning in one year a typical owner spend twice as much on as someone filling up the diesel-powered

Current M-Class models, the of the designed-in-Germany, built-in-Alabama SUV, a wedge-like, tastefully conservative But on its own, that basic won”t do for an AMG Mercedes so the

ML63 a special grille, thick flares, tinted brake and chunky front and rear Then there are polished five-spoke wheels, stainless-steel boards, and a sport exhaust a quartet of chrome pipes to the aggressive look.

Behind the handsome wheels, onlookers will notice AMG calipers and enormous brake that deliver amazing power “” but more on those

Potential buyers should be that even with the all-wheel drive, those high-performance tires aren”t to even mild off-roading, and about snow and ice. in messy winter conditions, the worked hard to maintain often engaging its stability system to keep things in Owners in wintry climes want to consider a second set of tires, or at minimum, all-season for that time of year.

mirrors come in handy for parking or tight spots; a liftgate is also standard.

The AMG may have the engine of a sports but its interior is luxury all the way. for a stiff ride when the is in sport mode, the ML63 maintains the M-Class” refined, environment. Tremendous AMG sport are wrapped in Nappa leather suede-like Alcantara inserts. can be adjusted in 10 different directions and are places to be during trips or long. A leather AMG sport wheel is joined by AMG-logo sills and stainless-steel pedals. The AMG instrument cluster has a lap timer so you can track of precisely how long it to run errands around town.

The extensive roster of luxury includes a DVD navigation system, camera, Harmon/Kardon sound with six-disc CD changer and satellite radio, a sunroof, climate control, and rain-sensing wipers.

There”s just than 30 cubic feet of space behind the rear and a touch over 72 cubic when they”re folded which is about average for class.

Note that no third-row seating available, and most SUVs of this the M-Class accommodates just adults in comfort. A fifth passenger in back makes for a fit.


The $1,110 Keyless Go which allows motorists to and drive the car without putting the key in the strikes us as more of a gimmick a convenience. The adaptive Distronic control, which automatically and accelerates the car depending on the traffic works as well or better any competing system, though it pricey at $2,200. But considering the price of the ML63 AMG, we the dual-screen DVD entertainment system heated rear seats and iPod integration kit ($365).

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Our test model discharged its own on a frigid winter evening due to a motor failure. It couldn”t be and had to be towed away.

At the ML”s is a 6.2-liter V8 engine that in other vehicles in Mercedes’ AMG like the S63 AMG sedan. In the ML63, tuned to deliver 503 horsepower and 465 of torque.

Just how strong is it? How 0-60 miles per hour in 4.8 faster than many cars, and nearly two full quicker than the V6 model. the gas at any speed, and prepare for giddy as the Benz howls to its 7,200 rpm leaving everything in its battleship This magnificent hand-built spurs the big Benz to 120 or 130 mph with ease, and on to an electronically limited, top speed.

The engine is well-mated to brilliant new seven-speed automatic which features comfort, and manual-shift settings. While the is nearly faultless, we”d to see Mercedes rework the steering-wheel buttons on its performance models. The plastic triangles currently seem like an afterthought on sport-oriented machines.

The ML 63 rides on a special AMG version of Airmatic suspension, here adjustable ride height. adaptive damping system the bumps and keeps the body and composed in corners. Between the 20-inch tires and the suspension”s setting, the ride was noticeably for rear-seat occupants, making the setting the default choice for situations.

Another AMG trademark is that are up to the task of reining in powerful, often weighty from Autobahn speeds. vented and cross-drilled disc feature mighty calipers huge rotors. The brakes are spectacular, bringing the ML to a stop as if it a compact sport sedan.

Yet a few days of blowing the doors off and trucks of all sizes and descriptions, the hit that the ML 63 AMG “” except in a straight “” isn”t as fun to drive as your sport sedan, or even a Cooper, for that matter. it offered surefooted grip in dry and nicely weighted steering, the ML feel especially agile or in the manner of a Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5. all its lavish equipment, this is the ML at roughly 5,100 pounds, and the is regularly reminded of its size and

Throw in the Hummer-esque fuel and it becomes hard to shake the What exactly is the point? If you an answer to that question, the ML 63 be the SUV you”ve always wanted.

Is the ML63 AMG for You?

Buy the ML63 AMG if

straight-line speed means than underwhelming fuel and you don”t mind spending to get it.

Keep Looking if

You can”t noticing that the ML 63″s is double that of the base ML you require better than 11 no matter how fast or luxurious a is; you want a third-row and more five seats.

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