The New Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG (2005)

The Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG

Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG (2005)

  • Range-topping AMG-powered M-Class to be revealed at Frankfurt International Motor Show
  • The ultimate performance SUV with four-wheel drive
  • Debut of the most powerful naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder engine in production
  • Debut of AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-TRONIC transmission
  • Arrives in the UK in summer 2006

The Mercedes Benz ML 63 AMG sets a new standard in the sporty off-roader segment. The new top-of-the-range M-Class model goes straight to the top of the competitive line-up with its 510 hp AMG 6.3-litre V8-engine. This new off-roader developed by Mercedes-AMG stands for sportiness and dynamism at the highest level, while its exclusive appointments meet even the most demanding requirements. The ML 63 AMG celebrates its world premiere at the 61st International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, and will be launched in the UK in summer 2006.

The powerful heart of a high-performance athlete beats beneath the bonnet of the ML 63 AMG: a completely new development by Mercedes-AMG, the AMG 6.3-litre V8-engine generates 510 hp at 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 630 Nm at 5200 rpm. This makes the new AMG powerpack the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine in regular production.

This unique combination of a high engine speed concept and a large displacement enables the best of both worlds to be achieved: outstanding liveliness accompanied by powerful torque from low engine speeds. The driver of the ML 63 AMG experiences the sporty character of the new AMG V8-engine in the form of great agility and dynamic response in all engine speed ranges.

No other off-roader in the direct competitive line-up has a larger displacement and output than the new ML 63 AMG. The AMG 6.3-litre V8-engine provides the performance levels of a sports car, with acceleration from zero to 62.5 mph in just 5.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). Compared to the preceding ML 55 AMG with 347 hp and 510 Nm, the new ML 63 AMG generates 46 per cent more output and 23 per cent more torque.

Power transfer in the top M-Class model is via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with a DIRECT SELECT shift lever mounted by the steering wheel. Three shift modes specially configured for the sporty performance characteristics of the AMG V8-engine ensure that the power is used to best effect. These shift modes - "S" (Sport), "C" (Comfort) and "M" (Manual) - are selected using a switch in the centre console and differ in their gearshift characteristics and speed.

As in a Formula 1 racing car, the seven gears can be changed using the gearshift buttons on the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel. The permanent four-wheel drive of the ML 63 AMG is also decidedly sporty in nature: in the interests of the best possible agility and performance on bends, the generous power of the AMG V8-engine is distributed to the front and rear axles on a 40:60 basis. A specially strengthened drive train ensures an optimal power transfer and the reliability typical of a Mercedes.

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Published 18 August 2005 Melanie Carter

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