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Friday, November 7, 2008

Special Superfluous Editions of ML63 on the Way

The BMW X6 wasn’t the first SUV to make us scratch our heads and ponder its existence. No, that job was left to the ML 55 AMG; one of the first hot-rod luxury SUVs to hit the market. The 5.5-liter V-8 underhood fired off 342-horsepower and 376 ft-lbs. of torque and the vehicle road on a stiff, lowered suspension. The special alloy wheels revealed brakes with red calipers through the spoke gaps. No one could figure out the point.

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Performance Studio

Still, Mercedes sold a ton of them. And to celebrate, the company announced today a special “10th anniversary” trim of the ML 63 AMG. This ML (pictured above) receives a new, bulged hood; a special radiator grill; grey 21-inch wheels; and, of course, a 6.3-liter V-8 with 510-horsepower.

Responsible for the “10th Anniversary” trim – and not to mention the SL 65 Black Series and the official F1 safety car, a hopped-up SL 63 – is the Performance Studio. A special group inside AMG, Performance Studio members are responsible for making already fast cars even more so. Not to be content with the performance of the cars listed above, the folks here have created another trim for the ML 63 AMG called – you guessed it – “Performance Studio.” This variant (pictured at left) comes wearing 21-inch, color-matched wheels; a special “metallic Peridot brown” paint job; Napa leather upholstery; charcoal alcantara roof lining; and wood trim.

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG Performance Studio Interior

Both of these ML’s, along with the BMW X6, Range Rover Sport, and FX 50 S – all to a lesser extent – look to continue an odd, but interesting trend in the automotive industry. For sure, the pair devised by the AMG Performance Group guarantees exclusivity, excitement, and just a dash of ridiculousness.

Source: Mercedes-Benz