MercedesBenz ML 63 AMG 2013: Road Test motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG 2013: Road

Faster, cleaner, tighter on — there’s nothing the ML 63 do better than its predecessor


Road Test

Price (recommended price before delivery charges): $179,400

fitted to test car (not in above price): Performance $10,950

Crash rating: (Euro NCAP)

Fuel: 95 RON

Claimed fuel economy 11.8

CO2 emissions (g/km): 276

consider: BMW X5 M (from $183,700); Cayenne Turbo (from Range Rover Autobiography V8 (from $240,100)

When launched the third-generation W166-series in 2011, the top-shelf ML 63 AMG had a fair bit to up to. Its 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 supersedes one of more charismatic mills, the 6.3-litre V8 it’s already in the S- and E-Class AMGs and now living on time in the C 63 until the next C-Class. That was – is – one fine

This one doesn’t let the side It’s down in displacement but up in to 386kW/700Nm (from 375kW/630Nm). it brings the peak torque down from the 6.3’s shrill 5200rpm (albeit most of it on tap much earlier) to a relaxed 1750rpm – and it sticks all the way up to 5000rpm. Despite an 83kg weight gain to a beefy it’s enough to cut the zero to dash down from 5.0 to 4.8

More importantly for Europe and the US, much tighter on fuel, and cleaner. Around 40 per cent on each front, in fact, official combined-cycle thirst to 11.8L/100km from 16.5, and CO2 emissions dropping to 276g/km 392.

Our test vehicle with a bit of extra kick the optional Performance Package. other niceties, an extra buys you 30 per cent more boost, adding 24kW and (410kW/760Nm). It cuts the nought to sprint to 4.7 seconds, remarkably no penalty in fuel consumption or

That’s the numbers out of the way. How do translate through the seat of the

First, the downside. There’s a bit of Less than most, but enough hesitation to irritate. that, however, lies a ambit as broad as any this has ever sampled. Even the three-way switchable engine/transmission this drivetrain is immensely

AMG resisted the DCT Benz uses in 7G-TRONIC models on the grounds the torque converter they’ve in the ML 63’s seven-cog Speedshift is better for towing – a key consideration for SUV (and you can presume this SUV be towing some big boats). At any it’s a beautifully smooth, unit.

At the demure end, Efficiency mode (I thought C stood for Comfort, but no…) tailor-made for 50- and 60-kay suburban harnessing all that low-end to get up through the gears quickly and high. Set the Distronic adaptive control and it dispatches hills and with barely a murmur, the revs so low you can almost count the But put your foot down and down a cog or three and pouring on the with alarming haste.

Do the in Sport mode and it leaps with all the visceral thrall for you pay the $60K-plus AMG premium, punctuating the quad-pipe bellow with snorts on the upshift and double-shuffle on each step down.

Manual mode is essentially an performance tool, with all the caveats. Without a decent of steam up, it’s pretty in its response to paddle commands. in the auto modes it’s always on the money.

True to formula, chassis and suspension are integrated with the powertrain, full use of the W166-series platform’s rigidity. Never mind shipping container proportions – the ML 63 is as as it is fast. Save for the E 63, which coils at the front end, not driven an air-sprung car that so you to put it to the test round a decent when no one’s looking. damping, a system of active bars and monster 295/35 R21 conspire to pull g-forces one think unfeasible in a vehicle of ilk, slot-car flat and extraordinary composure.

The steering confidence, too, sharpening up in Sport and remaining near even under what be torturous interrogation for a vehicle this much distance your bum and the road. This is AMGs are all about, so it’s to forgive it for not attending to your bum the grace of a stock ML. But if your lie in ride over handling, the ML 500 is swift, very sure-footed and less.

Indoors, it’s airy and in a German-sports kind of way; nice that it breaks the up with a standard glass The kit list is decent even for a base price, with everything extending to head and tailgate, Benz’s well COMAND central control taking in navigation, communications, settings and infotainment functions the primo Harman Kardon The terrific suede-trimmed steering has the usual Benz formula of on it, allowing you to shift between a matrix of audio, navigation, and communication functions on the instrument before you. There are for the wipers and the bi-xenon headlights, also look round

It’s filled with like classy ambient and LED bars providing visual for the parking beepers – including a rear one you can look at in the mirror. an excellent high-res reversing and wing mirrors that parking’s a cinch.

Safety kit amounts to Benz’s raft of technology, extending to airbags, the marque’s Pre-Safe anticipation system, lane and blind-spot alerts and collision sensors. It’s a tribute to the engineering program that a car of mass and muscle has a stability package as gentle as this

Complaints? Seating is comfortable and back, with heating, and loads of side bolstering in the ones, but the cushions could do a bit more length under-thigh for six-footer (BMW’s pop-out provide an excellent compromise).

consumption is okay for an incredible Which is to say, you don’t to live in fear and ration time in Sport to sustain the urban figure of 15.7L/100km town. We didn’t get it far out of town, but we make the combined 11.8L/100km, even on 80-100km/h highway in Controlled Efficiency – it seemed to towards mid-12s.

One oddity lay in the we pulled it over for a couple of and the range readout plummeted 128km to 53km as it idled – half an hour’s 60-70km/h driving, mostly in high and uninterrupted by lights.

While this segment is as sensitive on price as it is on fuel it can only help the ML 63’s that it’s priced As such, those looking for a mix of and versatility would be hard to find better.

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Published. Tuesday, 26 March

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
Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Base

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