Mercedes has staged the North American debut of the GL63 AMG at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Mercedes has staged the North American debut of the GL63 AMG at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Designed to be one of the fastest seven-seat crossovers on the planet, the GL63 AMG is distinguished by an aggressive front fascia, LED daytime running lights and 21-inch alloy wheels. There's also a unique rear bumper and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

Power is provided by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that develops 550 bhp (410 kW) and 560 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission and a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).

The 2013 GL63 AMG will go on sale in the United States early next year and pricing starts at $116,925.

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