Merc's 410kW GL hits AMG league
SPORTY AND PLUSH: The new GL 63 AMG may put out a crazy 410kW, but it's said to be as luxurious and as comfortable as Merc's S-Class limousine.
Merc’s released details of its uber-sporty GL 63 AMG to take S-Class comfort off the beaten track, but sees performance bolstered by the use of a 5.5-litre V8 biturbo.
The GL 63 AMG is the latest performance offering presented by Mercedes-Benz and promises – along with potent power and driving dynamics – an exhaustive range of equipment and space for up to seven people.
Ola Källenius, chairman of Mercedes-AMG, said: "The new GL 63 AMG completes our performance-orientated all-wheel drive offering. In addition to the ML 63 AMG all-rounder and the recently unveiled, characterful G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG models, the GL 63 AMG places particular emphasis on dynamism and style.
"Combining the first-rate comfort of the S-Class with the performance of an AMG sports saloon, the GL 63 AMG is unique in its segment.”
At the heart of this GL is an AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo using spray-guided direct petrol injection, an all-aluminium crankcase, variable camshaft adjustment, alternator management and Eco start/stop.
The V8 has 410kW from 5250 to 5750rpm and 760Nm from 2000 to 5000rpm on tap and, while its top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, it can streak from 0-100km/h in a startling 4.9 seconds. It consumes fuel at an average of 12.3 litres/100km and emits 288g/km of CO2.
Power is transmitted to all four wheels via an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission with three driving modes and an automatic double-declutching function for sportier downshifts.
It is complemented by AMG’s Ride Control sports suspension with a roll stabilisation function, air suspension, special damper struts and an adaptive damping system to provide top driving dynamics, despite the GL’s size and ride height.
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The driver is able to choose between three suspension modes – “Comfort”, “Sport” and “Sport Plus” – although the speed-sensitive air suspension lowers the GL’s body at higher speeds to increase stability and reduce drag. Of course, essentially being a sports car masquerading as an SUV, this GL comes with the requisite AMG features that include peed-sensitive sports steering, high-performance braking and athletic styling elements.
Similarly, the sumptuous leather-clad cabin features AMG sports seats, a four-spoked, flat-bottomed steering wheel and sport pedals with rubber studs.
Safety features, as expected, include active parking assist, attention assist, collision prevention, an intelligent light system with a new off-road function, crosswind assist, a 360-degree camera, active lane keeping and blind spot assist, and trailer coupling with electric unlocking.
The Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG is scheduled for its European launch from November 2012.