• May 5, 2006


Mercedes-Benz appears to be achieving a modicum of success with its R-Class uber-wagon, and you just know BMW isn’t going to let its arch rival get away with it. Hence the RFK, which stands for Room Function Concept. We bring you this news from the German site AutoBild, but Road & Track’s June 2006 issue reveals the RFK will slot in between the X5 and 5-Series sedan in size and borrow components from both. Production is slated for 2008 with a 255-hp 3.0L inline-six and 375-hp 4.8L V8 available at launch. The boys from Bavaria are hoping to move 60,000 units annually, and since MB has already revealed a 503-bhp AMG R-Class, there’s no reason not to expect an M RFK at some point.

[Source: AutoBild and Road & Track – June, 2006]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      WHAT THE FARK?
      • 8 Years Ago
      i like the styling
      • 8 Years Ago
      Direct injection in the 4.8 V8 now?
      375hp is a decent bump up. Is someone [BMW] afraid of MB 5.5 and Lexus' 4.6?
      Asa
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let me just say one thing. When i see pictures of BMWs that i've never seen before, one of two things goes thru my head: what the hell is that?! (that doesnt happen very often) -or- in this case... KICKASS!!! I absolutely love the way it looks. If they keep designing like this, i cant wait to see the minivan they're bound to build will look like.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Mercedes-Benz appears to be achieving a modicum of success with its R-Class uber-wagon"

      it's achieving a modicum of something, but success isnt it. they projected to sell 30,000 of these annually, and according to eMercedesBenz, they've moved all of 6742 through the first 4 months of the year. i'm no math wizard, but...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Gunnar (#6),

      That's what they said about Porsche and their SUVs ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      yay, a new BMW minivan to compete with the Mercedes Benz minivan
      * yawn *
      wake me up when they do something interesting, turning a sliding door into a regular door does not exactly thrill me, nor does it "add value" to this segment
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a BMW enthusiast, this is quite disappointing. They have sworn for years (since the intro of the X5) that "we'll never do a mini van!" This is just plain ugly, but prettier than Road and Track's artist's interpretation (which I can't find a picture of on the web).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yikes, for one.

      Second, BMW won't whore the //M badge like MB is doing with AMG.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kamil is right>
      BMW won't whore the //M badge like MB is doing with AMG.

      MB is simply adding great AMG badges, a slightly revised bumpers, and a bigger wheels, what kind of grandma tunin is that? Im talking abaout the R-class AMG.

      Is embarrasing that the same guys that once build the MB CLK DTM AMG, is now tuning Minivans...
      Another desperate way, to gain costumers...
      When did profits became more important than great styling?
      When did MB stop building great cars, and started building A-class cars?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who saw this one coming? I mean, specifically, success of the R class??? And leading to the other Germans playing catchup? I guess they did it with the M class first ...

      Anyway, even if the R class is a little, um, less than asthetically appealing, it's nice to see a coming trend in people-movers that don't look like they're going to tip over or eat up your Miata like a guppy ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      So who wants to drive a constipated-looking hideous german crossover thats named after an assassinated U.S. Senator? not me.
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