The ML 350 is now available with an AMG Sports Edition package here in Malaysia, which adds AMG front and rear aprons, AMG twin oval exhaust tailpipes, aluminum running boards, and 21 inch alloy wheels to enhance the exterior looks. The last AMG Sports Edition model that we got here was specified on the W211 E 280, and you can read a test drive review of that one in our reviews section.
As expected from the 350 in its model name (though this is not always true with both Mercedes-Benz and BMW these days), the ML 350 is powered by a 3.5 litre V6 engine, producing 272 horsepower and 350Nm of torque. Peak torque is achieved at just 2,400rpm and goes up to 5,000rpm, which is pretty impressive. But the ML is a heavy car after all so 0 to 100km/h takes 8.4 seconds, which is not super fast but qualified to be called zippy at the very least.
The V6 engine is mated to a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission which can drop multiple gears without having to go through gears sequentially, This means 7th gear straight to 4th gear is possible if required. You can swap cogs manually with steering wheel paddle shifters. The suspension system uses AIRMATIC, which means you can set your suspension variables and ride height to whatever you like or simply leave it in automatic mode.
On the interior, you get 8 airbags, a COMAND APS in-car entertainment and telematics system which includes GPS navigation data. All data including 4GB of music can be stored on a 40GB hard drive. The system also has a DVD changer, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and has a USB interface to connect to a USB thumb drive, USB portable media player or an iPod. You can “talk” to the COMAND APS system via LINGUATONIC, a speech recognition feature.
The ML 350 AMG Sports Package retails for RM555,888, which at that kind of price segment is a really small premium over the regular ML 350’s RM548,888 price tag.
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