With the end of 2010 comes some news that dampens the Christmas cheer for hotfoots around the world. Coming on the heels of news of the end of production for the BMW M5, M6 and Audi RS6 comes more news that the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG is also being retired. Add to all that the news that the Nurburgring is in trouble and it is a cold welcome to the New Year. Especially for our motoring friends in Germany.
The ML 63 AMG was powered by that AMG mainstay 6.2 liter V8 engine, naturally-aspirated in this case, producing 510 hp and 630 Nm of torque. In conjunction with an AMG Speedshift 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox, this allowed the ML63 to sprint to 100 km/h in five seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The all-wheel-drive system used a 40:60 rear-biased split. As things stand now, the ML series is left with the entry-level V6 gasoline engine producing 272 (ML350), followed by the 388 hp V8 (ML500). The oil-burning engines start with a 190 hp V6 (ML300 CDI) and continue on to a 224 hp V6 (ML350 CDI).
Together with the ML63 AMG, Mercedes-Benz has also terminated the production of the ML450 CDI, which was the top of the line diesel for the ML series. These moves are in line with preparations for the launching of the new-generation MLs.