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Mercedes unveils the GL63 AMG

Not exactly pretty, but it'll make a good noise...

Mercedes has revealed a new variant for their recently refreshed GL-Class, and it’s a first. This is the first time that the huge 7 seat crossover has gained the AMG touch with this new GL63 AMG model.

Power for this performance behemoth comes from AMG's now ubiquitous 5.5-litre V8 twin turbo engine that produces 544 bhp and 560 lb/ft of torque. The power is passed to the wheels via the AMG Speedshift 7-Speed automatic transmission and a permanent all-wheel-drive system. This is the same engine that now sees service in the E-, CLS-, ML-, SL-, S-, CL & G-Class models since it replaced the 6.2 litre naturally aspirated V8 in all but the C-Class and SLS models.

It allows the GL63 AMG to get to 62 mph from standstill in 4.9 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

The performance model is distinguished by its larger air intakes on the front fascia along with the now de rigeur strips of DRL LED’s along the intakes. There are smatterings of brushed aluminium trim and at the rear there are more (fake) vents in the bumper and a nice quad exit exhaust system which will no doubt emit that unmistakable AMG burble. There are also 21” AMG alloys and a larger roof mounted spoiler.

The new GL wasn’t exactly a great looking redesign but the AMG additions certainly help make it look more passable, to us at least.

European dealerships will be treated to the first examples of the new GL 63 AMG in November this year, but US customers will have to wait until the first quarter of 2013. Pricing is set to be announced closer to its official launch date

Images courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more