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The Fast and the Luxurious: The Mercedes-Benz GL 63 AMG is the mightiest 7-seater SUV on the road

Posted Tue 18 Jun 2013 04:24:29 pm in News, Technology & IT | By News Desk

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Kuwait: One of the world’s most powerful SUV’s, the 7-seater Mercedes-Benz GL, has now emerged transformed from Affalterbach as the mighty GL 63 AMG – an ultimate on and off-road conqueror for Kuwait. The new GL 63 AMG, launched by A.R. Albisher and Z. Alkazemi Co. – the exclusive distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Kuwait - brings a unique 7-seater SUV that combines blistering speed with compelling technologies, pure ride comfort, and striking, unmistakeable design with an extensive range of standard equipment.

As one of the globe’s most powerful SUVs, the GL 63 AMG blasts from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds, hitting a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). The heavy hitter’s effortless superiority comes courtesy of the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, harnessing the power of 557 stampeding stallions with a maximum torque of 760 Nm. The AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM roll stabilisation provides high-level driving dynamics and comfort synonymous with the three pointed star.

The GL 63 AMG is the king of SUV’s – transforming an already powerful SUV into an AMG gives birth to a car that naturally demands respect on the road. It is also a revolutionary car since it is one of the only 7-seaters that can combine space, comfort and luxury with rocket-like power,” says Michael Ruehle, General Manager, Abdul Rahman Albisher & Zaid Alkazemi Co. “This is an SUV that is extremely safe and family friendly, and yet it has enough outrageous muscle to show its mischievous side.”

Ruehle, added: “The GL 63 AMG is not an intimidating ride, it is a thrilling ride, especially if the driver is a lover of challenging off-roadadventures. It is certainly unlike anything else available in Kuwait, or the world. Mercedes-Benz and AMG have produced the ultimate SUV on the road today.”

The new GL 63 AMG: Luxury and refinement, striking design, maximum safety and dynamism

The perfect base for characteristic AMG performance and a superior driving experience comes in the form of the AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine. A look at the technical data provides some powerful arguments. Peak output of 557 hp and maximum torque of 760 Nm results in first-class performance while NEDC fuel consumption comes in at 12.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

The AMG M 157 eight-cylinder engine features an innovative, high-tech power package including spray-guided direct petrol injection, piezo injectors, biturbo charging, air/water intercooling, all-aluminium crankcase, a four-valve-per-cylinder design with variable camshaft adjustment, plus alternator management and the ECO start/stop system.

Power is transmitted to all four permanently driven wheels by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC. Featuring three modes and an automatic double-declutching function for downshifting, this seven-speed automatic transmission offers a fascinatingly broad scope of variability. In "Controlled Efficiency" (C) mode the ECO start/stop function is active, shutting down the eight-cylinder engine as soon as the vehicle comes to a standstill. "C" also stands for a gentle accelerator and transmission characteristic with early gear changes; start-up generally takes place in second gear here.

In the Sport (S) and Manual (M) driving programmes the ECO start/stop function is inactive and the engine-transmission combination displays far greater agility with more spontaneous responses. A brief and exactly defined retardation of ignition and injection during upshifting at full load additionally provides for shorter shift times and an acoustic experience.

Enhanced driving dynamics

Mercedes-AMG deploys a specially designed transfer case for the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive, which distributes the drive power to the front and rear axle at a ratio of 40:60 in the interests of dynamic handling. As if that were not enough, the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension with AIRMATIC package – consisting of air suspension, special damper struts, automatic level control and Adaptive Damping System (ADS) – is combined with the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM for active roll stabilisation. This system, which comes as standard and is specific to AMG, employs active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles to reduce the body's roll angle during cornering. Apart from enhanced agility and driving pleasure, the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM has the additional effect of increasing handling stability and therefore safety, particularly at higher speeds.

Other features available on the new GL 63 AMG is the Driving Assistance package Plus, including Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, automatic child seat recognition and Distronic Plus including PRE-SAFE-Bake. A parking package incorporates an automatic function for entering and exiting parking spaces and includes a 360° camera.

AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system

Electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering features variable power assistance which responds in accordance with the chosen suspension mode. It also helps to save fuel, as the steering assist function only requires energy when the driver actually moves the steering wheel. The AMG high-performance braking system provides for the shortest possible braking distances and high fade resistance with ventilated and perforated brake discs, with 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels and red painted brake calipers on the all-round.

Performance-oriented design with masculine features

Striking, masculine, unmistakeable: these attributes describe the design of the GL 63 AMG. Mercedes-AMG has enhanced the main stylistic features of the new GL – powerful dynamism and sporty elegance – using specific elements that emphasise the top V8 model's exceptional performance. The typically upright GL radiator grille with its central Mercedes star is adorned with high-gloss slats painted in black. AMG styling elements include the front apron with its large openings that ensure an effective air flow for the cooling modules. The bottom air intake takes the form of a typical AMG stylised "A" with a gap under the fine black fin through which air can flow optimally to the cooling modules – the perfect blend of design and high-tech. The trim insert in matt silver chrome installed under it creates a sense of width and coordinates optimally with the borders of the LED daytime running lamps in the side air openings.

The AMG front apron elegantly merges into the exclusive wheel-arch flaring. In order to accommodate the large 21-inch AMG light-alloy wheels with the wide-base 295 tyres, the flaring widens the vehicle by 22 millimetres on each side. From the side, observers will notice the V8 BITURBO logos on the wings and illuminated running boards with an aluminium finish. The rear wheel-arch flaring blends into the AMG rear apron which is again adorned with a striking trim insert in matt silver chrome and the suggestion of black air openings. Creating both a visual and acoustic highlight are the two chrome-plated, exposed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.

Exclusivity and dynamism dominate in the interior

Great attention to detail, excellent ergonomics and a generous amount of space available – exclusivity and dynamism also dominate in the interior of the GL 63 AMG. All seven seats in the high-performance SUV are covered in high-quality leather, as is the centre armrest. Electrically adjustable AMG sports seats feature double topstitching in a contrasting colour and AMG badges on the front seat backrests and outer rear seat backrests. The dashboard, armrests and door panelling come in ARTICO man-made leather with double topstitching. As part of the optional designo Exclusive package, these components can be covered in high-quality designo leather.

The AMG Performance 4-spoke Designo wood steering wheel with perforated leather in the grip area, flattened bottom section on the steering wheel rim and aluminium shift paddles ensures optimal vehicle control. Four round instruments on the AMG instrument cluster provide the driver with information. The central colour TFT monitor incorporates the AMG welcome logo and AMG main menu. The GL 63 AMG also features a Harmon Kardon Logic 7 Surround-soundsystem, COMAND Online with 6-disc DVD changer, and Media interface. Ambient interior cabin lighting is available in three colours.

Powerfully dynamic and elegant interior design, fine materials and lovingly crafted details, optimum ergonomics with a generous amount of space accentuated by a panoramic glass roof – the interior of the GL 63 AMG oozes the ambience of wellbeing so characteristic of Mercedes-Benz.

The seats offer seven people a generous amount of space and follow the 2-3-2 system and 4 Zone Climate Control. As part of the standard specification the third seat row can be operated electrically.

The GL 63 AMG is available in the A.R. Albisher and Z. Alkazemi Co. Mercedes-AMG showroom in Shuwaikh now.

The key data at a glance:




5461 cc

Bore x stroke

98.0 x 90.5 mm

Compression ratio



557 hp at 5250-5750 rpm

Max. torque

760 Nm at 2000-5000 rpm

Engine weight (dry)

204 kg

Fuel consumption, NEDC combined

12.3 l/100 km

CO2 emissions

288 g/km

Acceleration 0-100 km/h

4.9 s

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