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Old 01-06-2013, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by dunderhi View Post
This month's Car and Driver had a short article on their road test of the GL63.

2013 Mercedes Benz GL63 AMG Test Review

To sum it up in my book, it's slower, has even worse fuel economy, and costs about $25 grand more. I had considered the GL550 (I never liked the ML) while truck shopping last month and wondered if I should wait to see how the GL63 performs. I am really glad I didnt wait.

Base price: $120k
Power: 550hp
Torque: 560ftlbs
Weight: 5812lbs
0-60: 4.8s
1/4 mi: 13.2s@109mph
70-0: 162ft
Skidpad: 0.84g

2012 X5M
Base price: $96k
Power: 555hp
Torque: 500ftlbs
Weight: 5289lbs (2010 C&D 5329lbs)
0-60: 4.0s
1/4 mi: 12.5s@113mph (2010 C&D 12.5s@112mph)
70-0: 172ft (2010 C&D 162ft)
Skidpad: 0.90g (2010 C&D 0.89g)
Two completely different cars. The GL 63 would be better compared to the Range Rover Supercharged. I too felt the x5m was the best choice in this segment. The Porsche Cayenne Turbo would be my second choice, but the price tag is way too high IMHO. If the Cayenne Turbo was 100k nicely equipped then my decision would have been tougher. Even the ML63 costs about 6k more than the x5m and comes with a lot less power. Add the power kit to get x5m power and you are looking at almost 12k premium over the x5m. Our cars are the performance bang for the buck in the high hp SUV class.
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