Mercedes-Benz ends production of ML63 AMG

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 4, 2011

Mercedes-Benz announced that the production of its most powerful ML model, the ML63 AMG has come to an end. The last models that Mercedes-Benz has terminated are the ML63 AMG and the ML450 CDI, the most powerful diesel version of the SUV. In 2010, production of the BMW M5 and M6 and the Audi RS6 ended.

This means that the most powerful models in the ML range are no longer available and what remains are two petrol powerplants and three diesel engines. The entry-level petrol engine is a 272 hp V6 (found in the ML350). This is followed by a 388 hp V8 (which powers the ML500).

The entry-level diesel engine is a 190 hp V6 (found in the ML300 CDI) and continues with a 224 hp V6 (which powers the ML350 CDI), which has a BlueTec version that develops 211 hp. Interestingly, the ML 63 AMG was powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 engine, which can deliver 510 hp and 630 Nm of torque.

This enabled the SUV to go from zero to 62 mph in five seconds flat and to reach a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph (electronically limited). This engine is mated to a AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox, which distributes the power through a permanent all-wheel-drive system that uses a 40:60 rear-biased delivery.

Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG prides itself as a performance sports utility vehicle powered by an engine with the largest displacement and highest output among its class. This dynamic capability is highlighted by the new AMG front apron with a high-gloss, chromed underguard.

Moreover, it features a lower cooling air inlet that seems larger because of the vehicle’s central black grille. It comes with a new AMG-specific high-gloss black radiator grille flanked by revised headlamps. Additionally, the new AMG-specific radiator grille features three radiator louvres with chrome highlights.

Rounding off the dynamic front appearance of the flagship M‑Class are round fog lamps bordered by chrome surrounds as well as flared wheel arches -- in body color – that make the vehicle seem wider and muscular. The dynamic character of the new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG is continued at the rear, where it is accentuated by a new AMG rear apron with integrated reflectors and the high-gloss chromed underguard.

Its rear is also marked by two chromed twin tailpipes on the AMG sports exhaust system. Instead of the dark-tinted tail lights, the new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG features LED tail lights, which could come with clear-glass appearance should the optional bi-xenon headlamps are availed of.

The new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG now features restyled exterior mirrors and the standard-fit aluminum-look roof rails. Highlighting the side profile of the new Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG are new 20-inch five-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and wrapped in 295/40 R 20 tires both on the front and rear.

Offered as an option are 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with the new twin-spoke styling and painted in titanium-grey-painted with a high-sheen finish. These optional wheels are hugged by 295/35 R 21 tires.

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