Three-row SUVs have never been synonymous with speed, but that’s about to change thanks to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG. Making its world debut at this week’s Moscow auto show, the GL63 AMG could be the most exciting family hauler currently available on the market.
As previously reported, the hood is stuffed with a twin-turbo, direct-injected 5.5-liter V-8 producing 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. It’s essentially the same M157 mill found in the five-passenger ML63 with tweaks from the optional AMG Performance Package. Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic. Mercedes claims it’ll go from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, about 0.6 seconds quicker than the 2013 GL550 Other performance tidbits include an AMG Ride Control sports suspension and an Active Curve System, both of which help make this 5500-pound (give or take) SUV more nimble.
Russian auto show-goers will undoubtedly find the GL63’s interior just as impressive as its spec sheet. Standard niceties include premium leather surfaces with contrast stitching, AMG sport seats with massage function, a flat-bottom steering wheel, three-zone climate control, and AMG badges. Outside, the GL63 is fitted with an aggressive front fascia, 21-inch multi-spoke rims, and quad-tip exhaust.
Mercedes also announced initial pricing for the German market, slapping the GL63 AMG with a 130,305-euro price tag (U.S. pricing is forthcoming). The launch date in Europe has been set for November.