Mercedes-Benz unveiled today the all-new 2013 GL 63 AMG, the first sporty model based on the popular GL-Class. Powered by the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, which develops 410 kW (557 hp) and maximum torque of 760 Nm, this model is able to hit 100 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h or 155 mph (electronically limited).
NEDC fuel consumption comes in at 12.3 litres per 100 kilometres (288 g CO2/km). The enormous engine comes as standard with ECO start/stop system and uses the AMG SpeedShift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission. As expected, the transmission offers three modes and an automatic double-declutching function for downshifting.
The "Controlled Efficiency" (C) mode the ECO start/stop function is active and two cylinders are turned off, which means the V8 becomes a V6. In the Sport (S) and Manual (M) driving programmes the ECO start/stop function is inactive and the engine-transmission combination displays far greater agility. The AMG Ride Control sports suspension comes with Airmatic package which consists of air suspension, special damper struts, automatic level control and Adaptive Damping System (ADS). The sport suspension can be combined with the Active Curve System for active roll stabilisation.
GL 63 AMG driver is able to choose at the push of a button between the three suspension modes "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport plus". In terms of design, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG comes with a new front air apron with large openings, new LED daytime running lamps in the side air openings, new V8 BiTurbo logos, illuminated running boards with aluminum finish on the sides, a new AMG rear apron with two chrome-plated twin tailpipes.
The interior features electrically adjustable AMG sports seats, an AMG Performance 4-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather in the grip area, a central colour TFT monitor, new AMG door sill panels in stainless steel, AMG floors mats, sport pedals in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs, Active Parking Assist, Attention Assist, bi-xenon headlamps, Audio 20 CD radio with Bluetooth and USB interface, Collision Prevention Assist, Electric EASY-ENTRY system in the rear compartment, Electrically operated EASY-PACK tailgate, Electric glass tilt/sliding sunroof, Intelligent Light System (ILS) with new off-road lighting, Keyless-Go, Multicontour seats for driver and front passenger including a massage function and Memory package, Crosswind Assist and Thermatic 3-zone automatic climate control.
Made even more elite, the mightiest off-road production vehicle, the new G65 AMG, has a maximum 450 kW (612 hp) output and 1000 nm torque. Its top-range V12 will delight connoisseurs with its unparalleled handling. The G65 AMG can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 230 km/h. This is the first among G-Class vehicles to come with the AMG 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo engine, featuring new exhaust turbochargers with an increasing spiral cross-section, flow-optimal waste gates, multi-sparking ignition with 12 double-ignition coils, and a more powerful engine control. This all leads to improved combustion, for a smooth running, powerful delivery. The first-class aluminium and carbon engine cover completes the look to this wide-ranging feature package. As with the G63 AMG, the AMG speed shift plus 7G‑tronic automatic transmission powers all four wheels.
For its looks, the G65 AMG differentiates itself from its V8 sister with a glossy chrome radiator grille, 9.5 x 20 AMG light alloy five-spoked wheels, high-sheen titanium grey paint, 275/50 R 20 tires, and mudguards with V12 BITURBO logos. The interior includes a welcome display with exclusive AMG V12 BITURBO animation, and exclusive designo leather upholstery and instrument panel trims. A singularly special touch is the distinct V12 diamond seat design, including headrests with recessed AMG medallions. The doors’ central panels also feature this marked upholstery feature. A full range of standard components includes designo black piano lacquer trims and V12-badged foot mats. A select option from the AMG Performance Studio is its AMG matte black light alloy wheels with high-shine rim flanges.