Mercedes-Benz's efforts at this year's Frankfurt show can be described nothing less than heroic. For the 61st event, the Stuttgart-based automaker
|Included on the Frankfurt bill is the new Vision R63 AMG concept. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz Canada)|
As you already know, any Mercedes-Benz touting the word "Vision" in its name is a thinly veiled version of a production vehicle soon to come. All but the late '90s Vision SLA and the two latest diesel-powered roadsters have had major impact on
|The R63 shows Benz's interest in producing a powerhouse performance crossover, but it also marks the first showing of the long-wheelbase model of the R-Class. (Photo: Mercedes-Benz Canada)|
Under the R's steeply raked hood lies a monster of a powerplant. Out goes the now familiar 5.5-litre, supercharged V8, stock machinery for the R55 AMG, replaced by a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre V8 designed and engineered solely by AMG. Output is pegged at a massive 510-horsepower backed up by a monstrous 465 lb-ft of torque. This could very well be the fastest way to transport six people to 100 km/h, taking an estimated five seconds to reach that speed. Top speed, even in concept form is electronically limited to 250 km/h.