We posted the official pictures from Mercedes-Benz earlier this week, but it wasn't until today that the 2012 ML63 AMG was revealed in the flesh.

Muscle arrives in the form of the now-familar twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8, which replaces the naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8. No need to complain, as the boosted engine produces 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque (opt for the AMG Performance Package and buyers will receive 550 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque). With a standard Mercedes-Benz AMG Speedshift Plus seven-speed transmission, the all-wheel-drive SUV will hit 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. While the standard ML63 AMG is electronically-limited to 155 mph, the Performance Package raises it to 174 mph (and reduces the 0-60 sprint to just 4.6 seconds).

In person, the ML63 AMG looks really good. The AMG treatment, limited to aggressively reworked fascias, some matte silver trim and wider fenders to accompany the 20-inch AMG wheels, looks clean and understated. Now... where are the keys?


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      Where's the cheese?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honey, we ran out of diapers again!!!!! Be back in a flash!!
      redgpgtp97
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something odd about Mercedes new design where the hood meets with the front grille. Not too bad on this model but didn't like on the upcoming new 500SL.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take the performance package that raises top speed to 174mpg even though the maximum speed limit within 500 miles of where I live is only 70mph
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        174mpg for a performance SUV is INCREDIBLE! *rimshot
      bassrebel
      • 3 Years Ago
      see, this is what I don't get... For Jeebus's sake... THIS IS AN SUV... is it really necessary to put 518HP? How fast can you carry groceries? 0-60 in 4.7secs and then the kids are off to their soccer practice...
        kcroc10077
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bassrebel
        True but you could say the same thing about a number of cars. Does the CTS-V really need 556hp? Does the C63 AMG really need 518 hp? Does the GT500 really need 650 hp? I understand what you're saying. An (on road) performance SUV isn't my cup of tea either. I'd rather have a slow Jeep Wrangler and be able to do some actual off road exploring but having choices is good.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @bassrebel
        It's a 100% irrelevant vehicle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      zizixx89
      • 3 Years Ago
      best looking ML-class yet