Kilometer Magazine 2012 MercedesBenz ML63 AMG

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Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base

km. First Drive

2012 ML63 AMG

Bryan Joslin

28 2012

I’ve only back in the driver’s seat for a minutes, but already this of road feels, I don’t not quite right . Can’t put my on why, but I sense trouble’s around the corner. My eyes down to the speedo and notice the floating at a tick above 70. I off, and just as it falls the posted limit of 55 mph, I upon a fallen comrade of my auto-journo colleagues getting a chiding of the written variety one of California’s finest.

I feel it’s only partly his We’re driving the new Mercedes-Benz AMG, a 550-horsepower grocery-getter inhales miles like a does Pall Malls, on an stretch of California 154 just Santa Ynez. All day long, been checking my speed, and time I’ve been the limit. Sometimes by a lot. If not for the it would be impossible to guess how I was really going.


The ML63 AMG is designed just for soaking up long stretches of speed while coddling a of five in sheer luxury. a roadgoing Learjet, but for just than six figures ($94,900 to A cross between the USS Nimitz and the QE2 . You get the

Starting with a base-spec Mercedes-Benz ML. AMG commissions a hand-built V8 for the ML63, complete with a of turbos and direct injection, as most other new AMG 63 models C63’s engine bay can’t the turbos, so it still makes do the naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8). is married to an AMG-specific seven-speed Mercedes calls it “Speedshift” uses a wet clutch assembly in of a torque converter for better and faster shifting. Power is fed in a rear-to-front split to all four which wear 265/45R20 tires. With 518 (or 550) and 516 (or 560) lb-ft on tap, isn’t your sweet wheezy old Benz wagon.

The chasm in the horsepower and torque is dependent upon whether or not you the $6050 “AMG Development which includes a remapped ECU extra boost pressure and a top speed), red-painted brake a carbon fiber engine and an AMG steering wheel with accents. The additional torque and is definitely noticeable and always shaving a tenth of a second the standard 4.7-second 0-to-60 but we suspect most drivers be content with “just” 518 and the standard 155-mph speed

Either way, it’s a impressive performance for a 5000-pound though admittedly the kind come to expect from the a people who still know and the unadulterated joy of an open, unlimited Discussions of such performance lead to the BMW X5M which, despite in nearly 400 pounds heavier, to pull off similar stats in 4.5) with only more ponies and a mere 500 from its smaller 4.4-liter Where BMW may be running things to the ragged edge, Mercedes its engineers chose a less approach to coaxing that fire out the metal.

One thing’s for certain: use all of that unwisely and you’ll be dropping in the fuel tank fairly For one thing, the ML63 has a massive gas the same 27.7-gallon belly in every other new ML. Second, the smaller displacement and direct can potentially improve efficiency by to thirty percent, a heavy foot will negate all benefits. Officially, it’s for 15 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Handling up to expectations too, with a ride from the air suspension’s setting and a fairly tranquil in standard mode. Brakes are massive (15.4-inch) cross-drilled and rotors are squeezed by six-piston in front, with 13.6-inch, units in back. The steering is the letdown on the dynamic front, overboosted and slow to respond to inputs.

As a fashion piece the AMG is a stunner, with all of the need-for-speed we’ve come to expect AMG. But it’s especially on the inside. The interiors of all US-spec will wear upgraded leather upholstery in black, or white with perforated surfaces, contrasting stitching and leather trim on the dashboard. A range of wood trim is anthracite-stained poplar, satin-finished ash and lacquer in addition to the traditional walnut to give the cabin a modern, upscale ambience. A “Dinamica” headliner is optional, but the ensemble.

A beautiful, modern interior for a high-end sound system, and is happy to oblige by replacing the Harman/Kardon stereo with a upgrade by Bang Olufsen. Too bad we turned it on, content instead to to the music coming from the hood a mad symphony of wooshing and bellowing, burping exhaust.

Which brings me back to my compadre swimming in blue and red as I I’m sure he would the new ML63 AMG makes its speed too effortlessly. Really officer, not his fault.

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base

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