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One of the rarest AMG models in history is actually a minivan: Mercedes-Benz R 63 AMG

MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles) gained a lot of attention and popularity in the early 2000s among large families looking for the ultimate in practicality.

The small A- and B-Class models did a good job of filling this role, but in 2005, Mercedes-Benz (MB) went a step further and introduced the W251 R-Class, a large-sized minivan-like 4-door vehicle that shared its platform with the ML- and GL-Class large SUVs.

One year later, at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, the German manufacturer surprised everyone by revealing the AMG version of this practical four-door for the 2007 model year, dubbed the R 63 AMG.

It was a performance machine that no one asked for, according to many. A large minivan capable of transporting four, five, or even seven people and their luggage wasn't exactly the ideal setting for the birth of a firebreathing performance AMG, but they did it anyway.

Taking advantage of a period when innovation and out-of-the-box thinking were at their peak, unhindered by ever-tightening regulations, AMG created a project that will go down in history as one of the most unusual modern performance machines ever produced. Simply put, it was and continues to be in a league of its own.

The Affalterbach's famous hand-built 6.2-liter naturally aspirated M156 V8 engine, which produced 510 hp and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque and was mated to a 7-speed AMG Speedshift 7G-TRONIC transmission, was at the heart of this ultimate people-carrier.

Furthermore, this high-performance minivan was equipped with the same 4MATIC four-wheel-drive system as the ML 63 and GL 63 models of the time. We must not forget that during those years, the other AMG 4-door sedan offerings, such as the C-,E-, S-, and CLS 63, were only available in rear-wheel drive.

In other words, if you wanted a 4MATIC AMG but didn't want to go the SUV route, the R 63 was your only option, as opposed to today's 4MATIC+ systems, which can equip a wide range of vehicles from small to large classes.

The R 63 AMG reached 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.6 seconds and could keep going until reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph (250 kph), which could be increased to 171 mph with the optional AMG Driver's Package (275 kph).

The vehicle's driving characteristics were quite impressive given its mass and high center of gravity. The R 63 maintained a composed attitude when pushed to the limit thanks to extensive steering and suspension changes, including the addition of the Airmatic system with adjustable firmness and high settings.

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