Thursday, May 31, 2012

Official: Mercedes-Benz releases 2013 GL63 AMG details for U.S.

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Up until now, there has never been a proper AMG version of the high-and-mighty Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. That all changes for the 2013 model year, as the automaker has just released the full slate of details about the upcoming GL63 AMG, set to arrive in U.S. showrooms in the first quarter of next year.

Cool as this GL63 may be, the upcoming G63 AMG (and not-for-U.S. G65 AMG) indeed win in the absolute awesomeness department.

The GL63 AMG formula is simple: take the new-for-2013 GL-Class and add Mercedes' potent 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. Here, the fire-breathing eight-pot produces 550 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque, meaning the big, all-wheel-drive SUV can sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Start/stop is standard with this engine, and all that grunt is routed to the ground via Merc's seven-speed AMG Speedshift transmission.

Visual cues like more pronounced front air vents topped with LED running lamps set the GL63 apart from its lesser kin, as do the aluminum trim on the lower front fascia and aggressive-looking 21-inch five-spoke wheels that hide new red brake calipers. As you would expect, the interior is fitted with sporty upgrades like a new steering wheel, AMG sport seats and leather-wrapped everything.

Pricing has yet to be announced, though we fully expect it to command well over $100,000. Scroll down for the full details in Merc's press blast.

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