- The redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG goes on sale in the U.S. in February.
- The new performance edition of the M-Class is powered by an AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine with an output of 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
- Another V8-powered M-Class model, the 402-hp ML550 will also be available in early 2012.
LOS ANGELES — The redesigned 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is one of two new V8-powered M-Class models that will reach U.S. dealers next year. Powered by a twin-turbo AMG 5.5-liter V8 rated at 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the ML63 AMG will be formally unveiled next week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Showand goes on sale in February.
An optional AMG Performance Pack boosts output to 550 hp and torque to 560 lb-ft, trimming 0-60 acceleration by a whisker, from 4.7 to 4.6 seconds, while bumping top speed from 155 mph to 174 mph. The package also bundles an AMG Performance steering wheel, carbon-fiber engine cover and red brake calipers.
The new ML63 AMG features a new active roll stabilization system integrated into the AMG sports suspension, which includes Airmatic air suspension, automatic level control and adaptive damping. Power is transmitted to all four wheels via an AMG Speedshift Plus seven-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include a leather interior with black headliner, AMG sport seats and a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom AMG steering wheel.
The AMG edition gets additional aero body bits, including deeper front and rear under-bumper aprons, more sculpted rocker panels under the doors and quad exhaust pipes.
The ML63 AMG will be joined in early 2012 by the less powerful ML550, which is rated at 402 hp and 443 lb-ft.
Edmunds.com says: Impressive hardware under the handsome new M-Class shell.