Mercedes-Benz-ML63-AMG-2012-Side-Rear This is the all-new 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, and it isn’t the first high-performance sport utility from this German automaker. In 1999, Mercedes-Benz made history when it introduced the world’s first practical high-performance SUV – the ML55 AMG. (The 1992 GMC Typhoon was ahead of its time, but not very practical.) Mercedes didn’t disappoint when it revealed the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG at the LA Auto Show. The ML55′s first-generation body-on-frame platform was fitted with a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 making 340 horsepower.

Against the clock, the all-wheel-drive SUV could hit 60 mph in just under seven seconds with a top speed of nearly 150 mph. In 2005, it was succeeded by the ML63 AMG, based on a second-generation unibody platform, which was equipped with a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 rated at 510 horsepower. With a 0-60 time of about five seconds and an electronically governed 155-mph top speed, the