Test Drive: 8 Things We Love About the Mercedes-Benz GL450

8. It's Fast as Hell

Even knowing that the 450 was packing an immense 362hp, 4.6-liter, twin-turbo V8, it was still an interesting sight to see paddle shifters on a luxury family SUV. The 5,401-pound full-size vehicle has some solid pickup in auto, but once you click into "1," while you're waiting at a stoplight, you enter into a world of quickness you wouldn't think possible from what you're driving. The jolt kicks you back and the closely spaced gears make for smooth get-up from the 7-speed transmission you're driving. 

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