Monster 500bhp R-class on the way
Mercedes-Benz is already at an advanced stage of development with an AMG version of its new R-class. The rapid six-seat crossover vehicle (part MPV, part 4×4) will be the first in a whole line of future AMG models to receive a new naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V8 engine being developed as a replacement for today’s supercharged 5.4-litre V8.
The new powerplant will produce 504bhp in its highest state of tune, although Mercedes is expected to alter the output to suit the various AMG models.
In the R-class, the new V8 will channel its drive via a beefed-up version of Mercedes’ 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels. Mercedes’ Airmatic air suspension will be fitted as standard though, as these photographs reveal, the R-class’ tall body means it will have its work cut to minimise body roll when the car is pushed hard.
Setting the AMG version of the R-class apart from the standard version is a more aggressive-looking body kit with a deeper front bumper, chunkier side skirts and AMG’s signature quad exhausts.