2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG pricing announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 16, 2012

There’s really not much else that you can ask for from the new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG as it already boasts a high level of efficiency, performance, exclusivity and an outstanding driving experience. The high-performance SUV has 28% better fuel economy than its predecessor with 11.8 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined, 276 g CO2/km).

The low fuel consumption and top-class performance are made possible with the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine that has a maximum power output of 386 kW (525 hp) and a peak torque of 700 newton metres. This results to an extra 11 kW (15 hp) and 70 newton metres. The AMG Performance package, which is available as an option, improves the power output of the V8 engine to 410 kW (557 hp) and its maximum torque to 760 newton metres.

The AMG RIDE CONTROL has a suspension with the recently developed ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM for active roll stabilization. The AMG-specific design and the wide scope of standard equipment and appointments result to a very enticing overall package.

The new ML 63 AMG is getting an amazing technology package, which includes the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine that has spray-guided direct petrol injection with piezo injectors, ECO start/stop system, an all-aluminum crankcase, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment, air-water intercooling and alternator management.

The eight-cylinder engine has a displacement of 5461 cc, allowing it to produce a maximum power output of 386 kW (525 hp) and 700 newton metres of torque. When combined with the AMG Performance package, these values increase to 410 kW (557 hp) and 760 newton metres. The variation in power and torque comes from a rise in the maximum charge pressure from 1.0 to 1.3 bar.

The two variants of the ML 63 AMG offer a sports-car performance. It can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and 4.7 seconds respectively. Meanwhile, it can reach an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The NEDC fuel consumption figure of 11.8 litres per 100 kilometres (276 g CO2/km) stays the same with or without the AMG Performance package. The launch of the new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG will be in April 2012. The ML 63 AMG has a price tag of €108,885 (including a 19% VAT). The AMG Performance package is priced at €7021.

Exterior Design

With the way the ML63 AMG has been designed plus the equipment fitted inside it, there is no doubt that Mercedes-Benz wanted a model that would have supreme atmosphere and show the best dynamism and emotion.

With its flagship V8 unit inside, it more than proves that this is indeed an AMG. Of course, it goes without saying that in order to differentiate the ML63 AMG from the other M-Class offerings, the company had to modify some of the visuals giving its body a style that has an unmistakable look.

The front apron of the ML63 AMG now shows more expression especially with its three large air dams. Just below this apron is a trim strip that comes in matt silver chrome which helps create a visual link with the LED daytime running lamps’ surrounds, in addition to providing a contrast. Meanwhile as part of the new design, the daytime running lamps have incorporated to the ML63 AMG’s outer cooling air intakes.

There are also two angled struts on the front apron which, along with the AMG exclusive front wings, help highlight the width of the ML63 AMG. Since the struts are now wider by 10 mm for each side, this made it possible to fit the large light-alloy AMG wheels in an elegant manner.

The "V8 BITURBO" badge has been integrated as well and provides clues to the dynamism that can be expected from the new ML63 AMG. It is also on the front section that one can see what makes the ML63 AMG different from the other models in the M-Class.

There is for example the unique radiator grille with a large Mercedes star placed on it. This same grille has louvres that have been painted in high-gloss black having three trim strips in chrome. To improve the look of its clear-leans headlamps, an Intelligent Light System is being made available, though offered as an option. Looking at its side, the side sill panels allow for a visual link of the front section and the rear one.

Once one reaches the rear section, it is clear that it mirrors how the front end has been styled. The bottom part has the large air outlets, the angled struts, and even the trim strip that is in matt silver as well. Much like the front, this combination gives the rear section an impression of power.

Helping with this feel is the two-part and wrap-around light unit that uses LED fiber-optic technology. The rear section has another feature that separates the ML63 AMG from the others in the M-Class as it is the only model to have a pair of visible twin tailpipes. Finally, the sports exhaust system has a trim strip surround in matt silver chrome.

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