In our July issue, we looked at the new trend for ‘super SUVs’ with notable arrivals from Lamborghini and bespoke 4×4 producer Eterniti. It seems Mercedes-Benz will be joining this exclusive gang with the GL 63 AMG. The Merc GL is fitted with a 5.5-litre biturbo V8 engine, built by performance specialists AMG, and pumping out 557bhp and 760Nm of torque (560lb ft). The vehicle also has AMG Active Ride Control sports suspension and roll stabilisation. The beast will hit 60mph in 4.9secs and has an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Permanent four-wheel drive, with a specially designed transfer case for the Mercedes 4Matic system, distributes the power front and rear 40:60. This will be the top spec Mercedes-Benz SUV and is due to be launched in the UK in 2013. At present, there are no details of price and UK specification. Take it from us; if you have to ask, then you probably can’t afford it!