I’ll admit that generally I find SUVs to be very boring. These big people movers tend to be underpowered leading to slovenly performance. That doesn’t appear to be the case with the new Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG SUV that has officially debuted as a 2013 model. This full-size SUV gets a twin turbo 5.5L V8 engine.
After AMG gets finished massaging that Turbo 5.5L V8, the engine produces 550 HP and 560 pound-feet of torque. That is a lot of power, even in a full-size SUV. The engine is paired with an AMG speed shift seven-speed automatic transmission that offers three driving modes. The driving modes include one for fuel savings with a start-stop feature.
AMG also fits the big SUV with giant brakes measuring 15.4″ x 1.4″ in the front and 13.6″ x 1″ in the rear. The big SUV will hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. That’s not supercar territory today, but considering this is a full-sized SUV the performance is impressive. The car is expected to hit dealers in Q1 of 2013.
[via The Car Connection]