Mercedes-Benz is working double-time this year. While the standard version of the 2012 Mercedez-Benz M-Class is still being developed the year, the company is already testing the engines of the line’s high performance series.
The standard M-class series is set to be produced for the public by 2011. By the end of that year, 2012’s ML 63 AMG will sport Merc’s newly developed 5.5 liter twin turbo-charged model. The standard version of the M-series runs on a naturally-aspirated 6.2 liter engine.
According the AMG division of Mercedes-Benz, the 5,461cc V8 engine will be used in a variety of the company’s future car models. This engine produces 544 HP and 800Nm in standard form. If that isn’t enough, you can increase these figures to 571 HP and 900Nm with a performance pack upgrade.
There’s no official report yet on the performance of the bi-turbo charged V8 on the ML 63 AMG. Aside from the improved engine, AMG’s take on the new ML will also feature an upgraded suspension system, more powerful and bigger brakes, sturdier tires, and a cosmetic overhaul of both the exterior and the interior aspects of the model.
The standard version of the ML63 currently sports 19-inch wheels and high performance brakes from AMG. Because of its top-of-the-line suspension system on this muscle on wheels, the cornering ability of the 4-wheel drive is also impressive, to say the least.