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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Formula 1 race car compete against a V8 Supercar race car and a street car, but to make things more fair this time around, each vehicle was given a handicap.
Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this week, the SL63 AMG gets a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 and makes 537 hp, or an even more shocking 590 hp with an AMG Performance Package. For more details and an up close look at the 2013 SL63 watch AutoGuide’s first look video below.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes SL63
The group favorite was the 2013 A Class lineup, but that didn’t stop us from having a little fan-time next to the brand’s new-and-improved SL 63 AMG, which is a lot cooler than any A Class could dream of being.
Those new improvements include 30 percent greater fuel efficiency over its predecessor, boosted output and an almost 309-lb lighter curb weight thanks to generously distributed aluminum throughout the body.
For the first time, the SL63 AMG is available with both a 537- and 564-hp rating from the 5.5-liter biturbo V8 making 590- and 664 ft-lbs of torque respectively.
Customers may pick from 19-inch stock aluminum wheels or optional 20-inch upgrades. Inside those wheels, the car gets a newly-developed AMG high-performance compound brake system with six-piston calipers in the front and single-piston floating calipers in the rear.
The car is laden with carbon fiber, on the exterior, interior and even the engine cover.
U.S. pricing has yet to be announced but the car is expected to launch in May.
Watch the Mercedes-Benz SL 63 first look video below.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Roadster
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Roadster
Mercedes-Benz recently revealed their 2013 SL 63 AMG ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut, and now the German automaker has released a huge collection of photos and a video of the redesigned hardtop convertible.
The new SL 63 AMG will, for the first time, get two choices of power output, both of which come from an AMG 5.5L V8 biturbo powerplant. The standard option offers 537-hp creating 590 lb-ft of torque, while the alternate is an AMG Performance Package which ups performance to 564-hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.
And as mentioned before, the new SL 63 AMG weighs in over 275 lbs lighter than its predecessor, allowing it to accelerate to 62-mph in just 4.2 seconds in the AMG Performance Package-equipped model. Overall, the new version of the high-performance roadster features a new lightweight all-aluminum bodyshell, more power, and 30-percent lower fuel consumption and emissions. It’s a win-win-win for any automotive enthusiast: lighter, faster, and more efficient.
The SL 63 AMG also features a newly-developed AMG high-performance compound brake system with six-piston calipers in the front and single-piston floating calipers in the rear. The vehicle comes stock with 19-inch wheels, but a staggered 19-inch front, 20-inch rear setup is available from the AMG Performance Studio.
The AMG Performance Package also comes with an AMG engine cover in carbon fiber, AMG rear-axle differential lock, AMG carbon fiber lip spoiler, red-painted calipers, and an AMG performance steering wheel in Nappa leather.
The SL 63 AMG will be launched in May of this year, with only the European pricing having been released by the German automaker so far. Base pricing starts at around $210,000 (€157,675) based on today’s conversion rates, while the AMG Performance Package is set at around $19,000 (€14,280). Those prices include a 19-percent VAT, so we expect the US pricing to be slightly more reasonable.
Watch a promotional video of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG below.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
We don’t even know what the final version of the newly refreshed 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG looks like and people are already talking about how the first one to hit American soil will be auctioned off later this month.
On February 25, the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Gala in southern Florida will hold their sixth annual auction where one of the main vehicles headlining the event will be the 2013 SL63 AMG which has yet to be released. Among the other exotic cars joining the SL63 AMG on the auction floor will be the only 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder that’s ever been treated to red livery and a Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4.