2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG will hit the US market in March. It is priced at $95 865 including $875 destination charge.

It's characteristics are the same as the EU version – a new 5.5 liter bi-turbo V8 engine with 525PS (386 kW) and 700Nm (519 lb-ft), which can be boosted to 557PS (410 kW) and 760Nm (563 lb-ft) with the AMG Performance Package.

The performance is great for such big and heavy SUV – 4.7 seconds to 100 km/h and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – electronically limited. Still, the engine is not very thirsty – 11.8 liters per 100 km on combined cycle.

The engine is mated to AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC system - a 7-speed automatic gearbox with several functions – C (Controlled Efficiency), S (Sport) and M (Manual).

The AMG Performance package also includes an engine cover in high-quality real carbon, callipers in red painted finish and the AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather/DINAMICA.

2012 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG

The five-spoke light-alloy wheels in dimensions 9J x 20" with 265/45 R 20 up front and 10J x 21" with 295/35 R 21 at the rear axle give extreme stability. The brake system includes discs all-round in size 390 x 36 mm – front and 345 x 26 mm – rear.

The interior comes with electrically adjustable AMG sports seats, four-spoke AMG Performance steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles. There are also aluminium trim elements, leather upholstery and some AMG badges. The distinctively designed instrument cluster with colour TFT monitor, AMG welcome logo and AMG main menu is exclusive to the ML 63 AMG. The designo Exclusive package features Nappa leather upholstery on the AMG sports seats with an unusual diamond pattern. It is available in designo marron, designo porcelain and designo black.

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Source: Mercedes-Benz