The ML500 is equipped with 4.7-litre twin-turbo petrol V8 unit under the nostrilled bonnet.Mated to a smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission that sends grunt to all four wheels, the 2.2-tonne beast can throw itself to 100km/h from zero in 5.6 seconds – only two seconds behind the 911 GT3!It’s an incredible engine with that full 600Nm of torque coming in from 1600rpm and pushing all the way to 4650rpm. Mash the accelerator and the front of the car lifts itself off the suspension like a powerboat and everybody else fades away in the rear-view mirror.
Fuel is 95 RON which is a small saving grace seeing as it’s thirstier than the Solo man. Mercedes-Benz claims an average combined fuel consumption of 11.7 litres per 100km, but our test car was returning 17.3L/100km mainly because of a heavy right foot and an addiction to hearing the sound of that V8 open up.
The ML500 certainly ticked the big and comfy boxes perfectly. But it’s more than a lounge room on wheels – powered by one of the finest V8s to come from the German car-maker, you can wake the sleeping performance beast if you kick it hard or take it off road to places cars could never hope to go.
But we chose to keep it in its natural habitat – looking stylish as it slid its way through the city with us cocooned away from it all. It was a fitting farewell to the third-generation ML that has proved so popular.
- Air Conditioning
- Power Steering
- Power Windows
- Side Airbags