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Mercedes-Benz unveils SL63 AMG

Twin-turbo V8 powered golf club transporter...

Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the all-new Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG alongside the launch of the Mercedes F1-W03 race car in Spain. The announcement has surprised many, as it comes less than two months after the new SL-Class made its world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show. Normally the high performance variants of Mercedes models take a lot longer to come to market.

The SL63 AMG features the familiar M157 twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine found in the E-, CLS-, S- & M-Class AMG models, that produces 530 bhp and 590 lb/ft or torque. If you specify the ‘AMG Performance Package’ this jumps to 557 bhp and an incredible 664 lb/ft or torque. Thanks to the all-aluminium bodyshell and assorted magnesium components the SL's body now weighs 110 kg lighter than its steel bodied predecessor.

The result is a vehicle that is much more nimble and gives much improved performance - the 0-62mph dash now takes just 4.3 seconds (4.2 seconds with the AMG Performance Pack) on the way to a limited top speed of 155mph. This rises to 186mph with the Performance Package.

The power is channelled through AMG’s seven-speed Speedshift automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. The car also has a launch control function, known as Race Start.

The new SL63 also gets 30% combined fuel consumption savings with 28.5mpg and CO2 emissions at 231g/km compared to 328g/km for the previous generation.

What has surprised us most about the new SL63 is how much it looks like the normal SL. We would have expected a little more aggression and sportiness from the top of the range AMG model, but you would be hard pushed to spot the difference between this and an SL350 with AMG styling.

At the front there is a front bumper with the de rigeur daytime running LED lights sitting atop the new larger air intakes, which are either side of a larger main lower intake. At the sides there is the familiar V8 badge and more sculpted side skirts. The rear has a decent sized lip spoiler for the bootlid and there is a new style of quad exhaust with a trapezoidal shape. It’s definitely a subtle look but one which seems to find many fans of the AMG models. We can expect in due course there will be an SL63 Black Series model with much more extrovert styling for those who want it.

Pricing has yet to be released but expect a price increase over the current model, which is around £106,000.

Images and video courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more