Mike Stevens | Nov 14, 2011

UPDATE: Australian sale launch confirmed for June 2012.

Mercedes-Benz has pulled the covers off the flagship model in its 2012 M-Class SUV range, the ML 63 AMG. The top-shelf tank's unveiling follows the July debut of the all-new M-Class.

The AMG-enhanced ML is driven by the company's new 5.5 litre "biturbo" V8 engine, delivering 386kW and 700Nm of torque - up from the 375kW and 630Nm of the current model.

Power is sent to all four wheels through the AMG Speedshift Plus seven-speed auto, and fuel consumption is listed at 14.7 l/100km - down from 16.5 l/100km for the Australian-delivered current model.

Tick the AMG Performance Package box, and power is boosted to a nearly ridiculous 410kW and 760Nm.

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In its regular form, the new ML 63 AMG will catapult to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds - beating the old one by only just a hundredth of a second - and top speed is up from 250 to 280km/h.

Keeping AMG's new ML on the road is a new active roll stabilisation system that forms part of the AMG sports suspension system, along with Airmatic air suspension, automatic level-control and adaptive damping.

Along with the tougher exterior styling and massive wheels, the ML 63 AMG gets the usual interior enhancements, including leather trim and a black headliner, AMG sports seats and a leather-wrapped AMG steering wheel.

ML 500

The sub-AMG range-topper in 2012 will be the V8-powered ML 500, producing 300kW and 600Nm of torque.

 

Australia

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the ML 63 AMG will hit local showrooms in June next year, shortly after the arrival of the new M-Class range.

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