Mercedes-Benz ML550 Sport--Chicago Cars Direct HD
Test drive and walkaround of a PRISTINE 2008 Mercedes-Benz ML550 Sport from
Chicago Cars Direct.
Outside the change isnt so evident; the new M looks a lot like the old,
re-rendered in hi-def. The corners and bodyside lines are a little more
creased; the trim and sparse chrome bits a little more defined. The
saw-tooth grille insert is reminiscent of machined industrial equipment.
Jeweled taillamps and HID headlights complete the high-tech theme. One
thing hasnt changed, thoughthat oversized, tri-pointed star on the grille
is still suitable for Flava-Flavs accessory drawer.
Under the skin, the M has grown up, too. Engine choices are mostly new or
updated, from the bread-and-butter V6 ML350 to the tested ML500, with
prices increasing concurrent to horsepower. Weve driven the
268-horse ML350 model (at around $39,000 to start), and found it to be
smooth if not exactly powerful. Zero-to-sixty acceleration is claimed to be
an utterly adequate 8.4 seconds. In other words, its entirely sufficient
for the soccer mom stereotype that we often see behind the wheel of these
And then theres that V8. The heart of the $48,500 ML500, weve enjoyed this
same motor in a number of Benzesand even in this second-heaviest of
applications (the new R-Class non-minivan is just a smidge stouter), its a
beaut. With 339 lb.-ft. of torque, theres no shortage of off-the-line
gruntand the 302 horsepower rating means the
M pulls to way beyond our own limits on public roads (self-imposed
restraint is prudent when piloting somebody elses spanking-new luxury
vehicle, especially a tall one). Even more go is available with the 510hp
AMG ML63, but we figure in an SUV, enough is enough. The ML500 hits 60
m.p.h. in under 7 seconds, which even we never found lacking. (For sciences
sake, we will reveal that the 0-60 time of the ML63 is said to be 5 seconds
flat, with top speed limited at over 155 m.p.h.)
In true over-engineered Mercedes tradition, the rest of the greasy bits are
more than up to the job of harnessing all that go. 255/55 rubber on 18-inch
rims give grip suitable for sports-cars; 50-series tires on 19s are
optional. Vented disc brakes of 13.8″ and 13″ diameter front/rear
provide plenty of contrasting whoa. The transmission is that famous
7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic, which reacts quickly yet serenely to
driver inputs, never really feeling stressed. And the suspension, comprised
of double wishbones up front and 4-link coils out back, plus gas-charged
shocks, is softly compliant on rough roads, yet far from tippy or floaty
We didnt go too far off road, but weve tested MLs before and found them
more than capable of traversing rougher terrain than most owners will ever
see. Still, Mercedes outfits the ML500 with 4MATIC full-time
all-wheel-drive, so the truck can at least back up the claims its rugged
shape makes for it. For extra off-road prowess, Mercedes further fits a
standard hill-ascent/descent control system, ESP and Traction Control, and
four-channel ABS with off-road programming for better stopping on loose
Of course, your average Benz pilot probably never pops the hood, much less
investigates the hardware under the car. For these folks, the true allure
of a vehicle like thisbesides the status afforded by that aforementioned
badgeis the opulence to be found inside. And as youd expect, the new ML
doesnt fall short.
Youd expect leather seats and wood trimand you wouldnt be disappointed. But
you can feel the difference between Nappa leather from Italian bulls and
leather from, say, Flints finest milk cowsMercedes hides feel twice as
thick and yet twice as pliant as your average cow skin. The wood, too,
feels not so much like an appliqué as a structural part of the dashboard.
Even the interior bits your average driver doesnt often touch are
high-class; the dashtop, for instance, has more give than some cars
For a mid-size SUV, the ML is pretty roomy, too. Clever packaging gives
this new model more passenger space than the outgoing soft-roader,
especially in critical areas such as leg-room and elbow-room. An 8-speaker
standard stereo, tilt/telescope multi-function steering wheel, automatic
climate control, auto up/down windows, rain-sensing wipers and ambient
lighting round out the best of the M-Class standard fare. Throw in the
coffee table-sized sunroof, power everything, and full gauges with a
gorgeous backlighting glow, and you get a truck that imparts a serious
feeling of wealth to the drivereven if its just a loaner.
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On this week's Ignition, Carlos Lago has a second go at Porsche's 918
hypercar. The goal: to run the 918 through the full gauntlet of MT's
instrumented testing, including 0-60, quarter mile, braking, figure 8, and
a blistering real-time hot lap around Big Willow race track with pro driver
Randy Pobst. Carlos also gets a rare chance to experience the 918's
ancestor, the Porsche 959. The 959 was a remarkable piece of automobile
history that was decades ahead of its time with much of it's technology
only appearing in common vehicles within the last ten years or so. The 918
attempts something very similar, featuring very advanced technology,
including a naturally aspirated V8 that works with a seamlessly integrated
electric motor to provide extra Boost. Can Porsche's new hypercar achieve the
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