The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, debut at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, powered by the AMG 5.5 liter V8 biturbo engine features spray-guided gasoline direct injection.
With a displacement of 5461 cc, the V8 engine delivers 518 hp of power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque.An optional AMG Performance Package boosts the V8 engine’s power output to 550 horsepower and peak torque to 560 lb.-ft.Both engine variants of the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG deliver sports car performance. Acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 4.7 seconds and 4.6 seconds respectively, while the top speed remains at 155 mph (electronically limited) and at 174 mph with the AMG Performance Package.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG will be available in U.S showrooms in the first quarter 2012.For the transmission, the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is equipped with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission incorporates a new fuel-efficient torque converter, bearings designed for reduced friction loss and a thermal management system for the transmission oil.
Axle gears with minimal friction loss, electronic steering, an optimized belt drive, on-demand control of all accessory drives and an intelligent lightweight design also help to reduce fuel consumption even further. The new Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is 99 pounds lighter than its predecessor – despite the increase in power and the more comprehensive range of standard equipment.
Electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering features speed-based power assistance and helps to save fuel because it only consumes energy when the driver actually moves the steering wheel. The Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG comes with 20¬inch 5-spoke alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-gloss finish and fitted with 265/45 R 20 high-performance tires. Also available are optional 295/35 R 21 tires on 21-inch AMG alloy wheels.
The AMG high-performance braking system provides the shortest possible braking distances and high fade resistance, featuring ventilated and perforated brake discs at all four corners. Sizes are 15.4″ x 1.4″ (front) and 13.6″ x 1.0″ (rear).The design of the new Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG exudes self-confidence, athleticism and power. AMG styling dominates the front view. Beneath the radiator grille with louvers in high-gloss paint finish and the prominent Mercedes star is a large cooling air intake.
Together with the two air intakes, the central radiator grille provides effective airflow to the radiator, as well as the engine oil, charge air and transmission oil coolers. Fitted at the bottom of the AMG front skirt is a trim strip in matte silver chrome, which lends breadth to the front end while blending with the frames of the daytime running lights and into the side air intakes. Bixenon headlamps offer a premium and and exclusive look in combination with the standard Lighting Package.
The AMG front skirt is integrated into the distinctive front fenders, which are 0.4 inches wider on either side to accommodate the large AMG alloy wheels. Prominent, fender-mounted “V8 BITURBO” badges identify the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG as the top AMG model in the M-Class. AMG illuminated sill panels feature dynamic styling and establish a visual link between the front and rear of the vehicle.