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Adding some serious grunt to its new M-Class SUV, Mercedes has just revealed the high-performance ML63 AMG model ahead of its official debut at the LA Auto Show later this week.

Based on the all-new ML, this super-ute now features Merc's new twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine rather than the old 6.2-liter unit, delivering an extra 15-hp and 44 lb-ft of torque for a total of 518-hp and 516 lb-ft. Plus, with an optional AMG Performance Package, output can be increased further to 550-hp and 560 lb-ft. Combined with the brand's 7-speed AMG Speedshift Plus automatic transmission, acceleration to 60 mph takes just 4.7 seconds (4.6 seconds with the AMG package).

In addition, the AMG package adds on a carbon fiber engine cover, red painted calipers, premium leather, an AMG Performance steering wheel and raises the top speed from 155-mph to 174 mph.

The new turbo engine helps improve fuel economy by 33 percent. As a sign of just how much fuel the old model required, the new ML63 is rated at 16-mpg average. Along with "S" Sport and "M" Manual driving modes, the ML63 also gets a "C" Controlled Efficiency mode that helps improve fuel economy by starting the car in second gear and by engaging a start-stop function.

More: 2012 Mercedes ML63 AMG is a 516-HP Super Ute: LA Auto Show Preview on Autoguide.com
 
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