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Yet another AMG takes a bow

Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG makes world premiere at the Moscow auto show

Published: September 3, 2012, 6:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 4:03 PM

Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG - Front

Mercedes-Benz opened press day at the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon with the world premiere of its GL 63 AMG luxury off-roader.

The new high-performance SUV combines advanced technologies with an extensive range of standard equipment, accommodation for up to seven passengers and an AMG 5.5-litre bi-turbo V-8 engine, rated at 557 hp and an equally impressive 550 lb-ft of torque.

It can propel GL 63 AMG from 0-to-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

To contribute to fuel efficiency, the GL 63 AMG employs alternator management and Mercedes' ECO start/stop system.

AMG's Ride Control sports suspension with Active Curve System roll-stabilization provides the high-level of driving dynamics and comfort one would expect from the Mercedes brand, the company says.

Power is transmitted to all four permanently-driven wheels by an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.

Visually, the upright GL radiator grille with its central Mercedes star is adorned with high-gloss slats painted in black. Other AMG styling elements include a front apron with large openings that ensure effective air flow for the cooling modules.

The front apron merges into exclusive wheel-arch flaring that accommodates 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with 295 cross-section tires.

V8 BITURBO logos decorate the front fenders and aluminum running boards are illuminated.

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In the rear, chrome-plated exposed twin tailpipes on the AMG sports exhaust system create both visual and acoustic highlights.

Inside, adjustable AMG sports seats feature double topstitching in a contrasting colour and include AMG badges on the front seat backrests and outer rear seat backrests. An AMG Performance 4-spoke steering wheel and an AMG instrument cluster are also part of the package.

"With the new GL 63 AMG, our all-wheel drive lineup is now complete," said Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, who was in Moscow to celebrate the premiere.

The Russian market is said to be very important for Mercedes-Benz's performance brand, having contributed significantly to its 30% global sales growth for the first half of this year.

With its growth potential, it is also said to be a major element in the company's future strategy, called "AMG Performance 50", leading up to the 50th anniversary of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

On a per-capita basis, Canada is AMG's best market worldwide.

The market launch of the new Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG is scheduled for November 2012.