The Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG, third most powerful series production SUV in the world (after the 408kW BMW X5/ X6 M and the 405kW Porsche Cayenne Turbo S), is getting a special edition in celebration of its 10th Anniversary. Having started the performance SUV genre back in 1999 with the 255kW ML 55 AMG, the soft-roader really paved the way for what is now quite commonplace in the market.
Nothing at all was done to the engine; it remains a 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 worth 375kW and 630Nm of torque. Changes are restricted to the aerodynamic and cosmetic sides.
What strikes the eye first is that dominant front grille which has fins painted in something called Himalaya grey. Matching fog lamps, shaded bi-xenon headlights and a bonnet with power domes give it an even more aggressive stance.
Mercedes-Benz didn’t shy away from extra bling on the shoes as this ML 63 AMG takes up exclusive 10 x 21”
AMG light alloy wheels. Fitted to them are massive 295/35 R 21 wide-base tyres.
The interior features electronically-adjustable AMG sports seats in a two-tone nappa leather upholstery. Colour combinations available are black/alpaca grey and black/light brown. A charcoal poplar wood trim applies to areas like the centre console, giving it a classy/ sporty mixture. The sports steering wheel matches whatever colour scheme is chosen and ensures optimum grip. AMG badges are splashed across the surfaces including the speedometer, entry skirts, carpets and seats.
The ML 63
AMG 10th Anniversary Edition is priced at R1 239 000 and will be sold in limited numbers.