Mercedes-Benz has historically delighted us with luxurious cars, and its subsidiary, now Mercedes-AMG, has produced large sports cars, coupes, sedans, and even high-flying SUVs, with many cylinders to spare. Fast and capable. But today we are faced with one of the rarest, most exotic sports cars, and I would dare say redundant, ever conceived in Aftalback.
Eight cylinders in V. power of 510 cv, why A Mercedes with 6 seats for 6 adult passengers that it could reach 275 km/h without tearing its hair and measured from 0 to 100 km/h with the Porsche 911 (997) of the time. All this with a van body, minivan. And a Mercedes, one of the most exclusive AMGs out there in depth. Very little demand was enjoyed by this version, in a product that never boasted itself in great numbers. And for very few units that need to be protected with this configuration today.
Thus was born the 6-seater “sports car” from Mercedes-Benz and one of its most amazing products, and at the same time unnecessary.
Without a doubt, this is one of the rare products from Mercedes-AMG, a very high-performance minivan that can be measured in acceleration with many sports cars of its time.Mercedes-Benz Class R 63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz Luxury Minivan
There was a time when people carriers were very successful. Mercedes-Benz had already forayed into SUVs, hinting at the second generation Mercedes ML and the first Mercedes GL, whose platform would also serve to launch a luxury minivan, the Mercedes R-Class.
Mercedes-Benz has designed a minivan that, depending on the configuration, can accommodate six or seven passengers., with a short wheelbase or long wheelbase body, 4.92 or 5.16 m long. A vehicle of more than 2 tons that shone for its place on board and that was available with diesel and gasoline engines with six and eight cylinders, including the one that concerns us at the moment.
This is probably one of the least known products from Mercedes-Benz and we also believe that, with moderate sales and production, it has gone through the history of the star brand with more pain than glory. For this reason, it is even more curious that its production went on for more than a decade, given the relative and fleeting success it enjoyed in the final stages of its commercialization in China.
The Mercedes R-Class was a very peculiar product, proposing a more spacious and comfortable car than the star’s sedan, and a body more established on the road than its SUV.6-Seater Configuration of Mercedes-Benz R-Class
Any car is more fun with a V8 engine
At some point, Mercedes-Benz recognized that the R-Class, like the rest of its products including the ML and GL, needed an AMG version to suit it. and that’s how they launched A Mercedes R-Class 63 AMG 4MATIC with the amazing 6.2-litre V8 engine, which did not need a turbo, thank God, to give nothing more than 510 CV and delight us with a sound that, just remembering it, makes this server stand on end because He writes these lines. Call me crazy, but I’m one of those people who thinks that with the advent of turbos, part of the charm of their sports cars disappeared until the last decade.
The Mercedes R-Class 63 AMG 4MATIC had a six-seater configuration, which could comfortably carry six adults. It was equipped with an all-wheel drive system and a 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which promised 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and a top of 250 km/h and a top speed of 275 km/h. With AMG Driver’s Package – electronically limited of course.
This cover letter makes it clear The Mercedes R-Class 63 AMG 4MATIC made little sense on 99.9% of the world’s roads And maybe, just maybe, it could be a really interesting car, in which to travel with the whole family, and in a hurry, through sections without speed limits of the Autobahn, space for passengers. , and cargo, of a star unattainable for sedans, and a comfort, and a poise in a high-speed cruiser, which neither ML nor GL could offer at that time.
Nonsense? or a very sensible car for traveling at high speed, in comfort, through unlimited stretches of the AutobahnIt is estimated that Mercedes-Benz produced only a few hundred R-Class in its 63 AMG 4MATIC version. In the United States, where it was manufactured, and which was – until now – the main market for the Mercedes R-Class until it arrived in China, even 200 units would not have been sold (Autotrader).
And thus would end the story, curiously, what could have been One of the most practical and spacious cars from AMG, And the story of a sports car is as brilliant as it is unnecessary. But what exactly is needed in a car? Who needs eight cylinders when you can settle for six or four? Who needs more than 500 horsepower when so little will do?