According to a new report, the SL65 will live on into the latest generation of hard-top convertible Benzes, with the debut of the increasingly redundant V12 model at the New York Auto Show in early April. Previous iterations of the SL65 produced 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque from a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine. While impressive, the new twin-turbo V8 in the recently revealed SL63 can be had with an optional AMG performance package with 557 hp and 664 lb-ft.
It’s not clear how much further Mercedes intends to crank the horsepower up for this latest model and the bigger question is arguably if engineers will continue to use the sturdy old 5-speed automatic transmission of if the new 7-speed unit is capable of handling the power.
Look for the SL65 to come even better equipped, however, with a starting price hovering around the $200,000 mark.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG