Family Haulers with Horsepower: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG
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Family Haulers with Horsepower: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

Family Haulers with Horsepower: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

Last weekend I was talking with a friend of mine who has three kids and a love of horsepower. Our conversations typically turn to cars, but this time I was left thinking about cars that can haul the family around with plenty of space, but also guarantee you will never be late. Several different and possibly unknown cars which exist in the marketplace instantly came to mind. I decided it was time for a new blog series dedicated to “family haulers with horsepower.” In my opinion, the best place to start is with a relatively unknown car from about 10 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG.

The R-Class was classified as a full-size, multi-purpose vehicle. Some people thought of it as a minivan, but I think it’s more station wagon. I believe second row sliding doors are the deciding factor for a minivan classification. The R-Class was first sold as a 2006 model, but it’s the R63 AMG that was only built in 2007 that interests me.

So what makes the 2007 R63 so special? Well, the main factor is its AMG sourced V8 that produces 507 hp, which is good for a 0-60 time of 4.6 seconds. That’s impressive, but let me share with you just how impressive it is. For starters, it has a curb weight of 5,300 pounds. Here’s a short of list of cars it will beat from 0-60.

  • 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG – 4.6 seconds
  • 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS – 4.8 seconds
  • 2008 Porsche Boxster S – 4.8 seconds

Did I mention the R63 has three rows and can seat six adults?

The R63 was all wheel drive and it was loaded to the gills with the usual Mercedes and AMG features. It was also available only by special order, which means you first had to know about the car and then place your order for it. The original sticker price started at $88,175. However, today the NADA guide says a good one with about 75,000 miles on it is worth about $21,000. The next problem you’ll encounter is finding one, because the production number is rumored to be less than 200 and Mercedes only built them for the 2007 model year.

The good news is if you do find one for sale it will probably start to appreciate in value over the next 10 years. It’s one of those cars that didn’t make much sense to purchase new, but as a collectible or just something fun to drive to take the family around while also smoking the occasional Camaro – it makes sense. Yes, it’s a used Mercedes from 10 years ago, but it’s also a big time bargain. If you ever see one in person, consider yourself lucky.

 

Photos/Video Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz

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