PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 March, 2009, 12:00am

Mercedes revs up new models

Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong has renamed the Mercedes-Benz Performance Studio in Repulse Bay. It's now known as the AMG Studio and has two new cars on display: the C63 AMG Estate and ML63 AMG. Luxuriously finished with nappa leather and Alcantara AMG sports seats, both cars are worth a drool, even if they seem crazily fast for the crawl of Hong Kong traffic.

Equipped with AMG steering-wheel shift paddles and featuring three drive programmes, the seven-speed automatic C63 AMG Estate (HK$1,138,000) is powered by an 6.3-litre V8 engine that promises 457hp at 6,800rpm, torque of 600Nm at 5,000rpm, 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, says the dealer's spokesman, Calvin Lee.

The ML63 AMG (below left, HK$1,508,000) comes with a 6.3-litre V8 engine that packs 510hp, peak torque of 630Nm and a bang to 100km/h in five seconds, he says.

The deceleration figures of the high-performance braking system are equally impressive, says Lee.

'The AMG sports chassis puts the power of the ML63 AMG firmly down onto the road,' he says. 'AMG spring struts and shock absorbers ensure low roll and exceptional turn-in ability, and its sports exhaust system, with two sets of chromed oval twin tailpipes, produces a powerful sound.'

AMG has pimped the strongest M-Class on the road with 21-inch, five-spoke, high-sheen, light-alloy wheels, a new grille, flared arches, aluminium-finish side running boards, a front apron and sump shield in high-sheen chrome and round fog lamps and rear apron.