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Mercedes-Benz announces 500+ hp R63 AMG

I can’t imagine why a family vehicle to be used for vacations and grocery getting would ever need 505 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, but that didn’t stop the good people over at Mercedes-Benz from dreaming up an AMG version of their R-class. The name of the 2007 R63 AMG is a little misleading, as it only contains a 6.2 liter engine rather than a 6.3, but hey, it’s the same V8 that can be found in the ML63 AMG.

What’s particularly interesting, however, is that the vehicle makes its 505 hp completely naturally aspired (NA). That is to say that you won’t find any turbos or superchargers under the hood. The all-wheel-drive transmission sends 60% of the power to the rear and 40% to the front, and comes with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. You’ll even keep the kids entertained with the built-in TV screens.

Despite a 0-62mph time of right around five seconds, you will never have the opportunity to fully experience the amount of “umph” that this beast can offer—they’ve electronically limited the top speed to a pathetic 155 mph. No word on pricing, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to afford it.

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