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Despite the industry trend toward smaller engines, the German automaker will stand true to the car’s aggressive, big engine heritage. It did so by keeping the same 6.0-liter V12 engine passionately pounding under the hood with twin turbocharges spurring it on like a cocaine-fueled carriage driver.
Just because the 45-unit limited-production roadster runs the same engine as previous generations, you shouldn’t assume it went without improvement. AMG’s engineers managed to muster more horsepower, bringing the 2013 model up 17 hp for a total 621. The boys managed that by adding new manifolds, waste gate channels, and an optimized catalytic converter.
The current shift in engine productions seems to be to build smaller displacement engines that pump out larger amounts of horsepower, but trends aren’t meant to be followed by the likes of Mercedes-Benz. The new SL65 AMG has been revealed today, sporting a beefy V12 that makes 621hp.
Under the hood resides the same V12 as the last generation SL65 AMG, for the new model. However new manifolds, waste gate channels, and an optimized catalytic converter help boost the horsepower from the previous engine’s 604 hp to 621 hp. Mercedes used an all aluminium frame to help the car shed 254 lbs., not a small number when you consider the V12 makes a maximum 738 lb. ft. of torque. The weight loss and the power boost combine forces to propel the car from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Another improvement to the new SL65 is the addition of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-speed transmission. Previous to this generation, Mercedes-Benz did not have a a transmission that could handle the the torque of this type of engine, and the SL65 ran with a five speed auto.
The interior of the new SL65 AMG has all of the tech goodies that one would expect, including AIRSCARF neck-level heating, active lane keeping assist, LED daytime running lights, magic sky control roof, retractable hardtop roof, PARKTRONIC active park assist and tons of carbon fiber trim for the high level interior feel.
There is no price yet for the 2013 SL65 AMG, but we should find out more when the car debuts at the 2012 New York Auto Show in two weeks.
GALLERY: 2013 SL65 AMG
Weighing 275 pounds less than the outgoing model, the new SL63 offers the laughter-inducing, hand-built M157 bi-turbo 5.5 V8 engine mated to the MCT seven-speed automatic transmission. The MCT features a trick start-up clutch that runs in an oil bath rather than a conventional torque converter. The inherent low centrifugal mass allows the transmission to engage extremely quickly.
Other hardware add-ons by AMG include 6-piston brakes that bite onto huge 15.3 inch compound discs at the front and 14.3-inch integral discs with single-piston floating calipers in the rear. An adjustable AMG sports suspension (sport or comfort) based on the Mercedes-Benz active damping system and speed-sensitive steering provide the handling needed to match the power. Custom driving dynamics are available as well, from “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport Plus), and “M” (Manual). In “C”, an engine stop-start feature works to control fuel consumption.
Power in the SL63 starts at 530 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, capable of 4.2 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. If more oomph is desired, the AMG Performance package provides an extra bump in output to 557 hp and 664 lb-ft, 4.1 seconds to 60 mph and a higher top speed limited to 186 mph.
Despite the dynamite hardware, Mercedes-Benz has chosen to go with an elegant and quiet exterior. Other than daytime LED, custom sport exhausts, and 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch also available), there’s little to differentiate the AMG from the standard SL. The AMG will also be available with the optional Sky Control panoramic glass roof found in the standard convertible.
As for the interior, the SL AMG receives rich Nappa leather AMG sport seats, an integrated AMG DRIVE UNIT infotainment system with harmon/kardon Logic 7 audio, and an unique AMG instrument cluster.
Find out more about the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG as we get closer to the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
GALLERY: Mercedes Benz SL63 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.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes SL Class
The newly facelifted Mercedes-Benz SL offers a much more aggressive design. What it also leaves are R230 chassis owners wishing they could revamp their front end to the new generation without forking over the cash for a whole new car. There have been several aftermarket manufacturers that are catering to that market, offering all new front ends – hood, fenders, headlights, front bumper – to convert their SL to match. Prior Design has put their bid in with one of the nicer and more complete kits on the market for those R230 owners looking to rejuvenate their car.
Mimicking the AMG Black Series, Prior Design’s SL63 package is aggressive and offers no hint of subtlety to the conversion. Their version of the widebody isn’t as aggressive as the AMG Black, offering a fine balance for the daily drivers that aren’t looking at screaming for attention. Their demo car also sports a set of aggressively designed wheels that actually fit the overall theme of the car. We can’t help but think that it wouldn’t be as pretty of a sight if these wheels were on any other car.
If you’re in the older R230 chassis, the full package costs $17,000 since additional parts (such as the hood and headlights) are required to do the conversion. For those sporting the already facelifted SL, your charge is a “measly” $11,000.
Again though, we wish some of these aftermarket manufacturers would use cars that aren’t black. Sure the black on black looks menacing and mean, but a light colored car will really show off all the new curves and lines. Nonetheless, Prior Design has done a fantastic job for those looking for a nice alternative to AMG Black styling.
GALLERY: Prior Design Mercedes-Benz SL63
[Source: Jon Sibal]
Lime Rock and Laguna Seca among tracks to host amazing AMG models and the upcoming SLS
Mercedes is bringing its AMG Driving Academy to the U.S. this September, allowing participants to hone their driving skills and experience the thrill that an AMG can deliver.
Launched in Europe in 2007, the AMG Driving Academy lets you get behind the wheel of cars like the E63 AMG, SL63 AMG, C63 AMG, SLK55 AMG and the CLK63 AMG Black Series. And now for 2009, AMG has included the upcoming 2011 SLS supercar. On a racetrack the AMG driving instructors will help you develop your driving skills and get the most out of the amazing AMG machines.
A Stage 1 one day program teaches fundamentals in performance driving and car control and includes a “high speed” track drive. A Stage 2 class is more advanced and involves much more track driving with timed laps and a “competitive performance course competition.”
Priced at $1,895 per person for Stage 1 and $3,495 per person for Stage 2, the AMG Academy will be at Lime Rock Park in Lime Rock, CT from September 9-15; Palm Beach International Raceway in West Palm Beach, FL from September 22-27 and Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, CA from November 7-8 and 17-20th.
The AMG Driving Academy will also offer a special opportunity at Laguna Seca from November 17-20th to drive the upcoming 2011 SLS AMG supercar. The price for this one-day event is $2,295 and includes a one night stay at the InterContinental Hotel in Monterey.
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