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Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Base

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

With its styling and reassuring heft, the SL has attracted the likes of bankers, and busty housewives for the last six

The SL’s reputation congealed a curious combination of conservative aggressive engineering, and a meticulously Hollywood presence from Society to American Gigolo . generation of the German roadster factory equipped with the of a certain something, a range-topping that has set the pace for the triple-pointed lineup.

But focused, purebred Not so much. For a real kick in the spendy car freaks tended to their Tod’s driving on the accelerator pedals of other drives, namely BMWs and

For 2013, der neue SL introduced stiffer aluminum underpinnings veer closer to the spirit of the original “Sport Light”

Driver detachment grew in with the SL’s burgeoning mass index until measures were finally with the sixth-generation roadster. For der neue SL introduced lighter, aluminum underpinnings that closer to the spirit of the car’s “Sport Light” designation. In of its unconvincing aesthetic sensibilities is a convertible only a wind could love the newfound prompted me to land the entry-level on my Wired Lust List. And yet like all irrational emotions, is a force, and that sliding has since escalated to the next of automotive lasciviousness, the new SL63

When I got the chance to sample the demon child from I quite frankly became over the SL63 almost following my first press of the engine” button. On one hand, its 275 of weight loss and power to 530 hp make it devilishly quick and more lively, with feel-it-at-the-wheel maneuverability. But while admittedly more handsome its more pedestrian counterpart, the has also been gussied up by the visual tricks in the tuner spoilers and ground effects. as they may be, they’re still a that beneath all the go-fast the SL’s bones aren’t supermodel material. Adding to injury, some its dermatological aren’t even functional; the “vents” just aft of the front are decorative, about as useful to cooling as a trumpet to a sea bass. You can hear Karl Benz and Daimler groaning in their

But from the driver seat, renews. The small center aluminum dial, when set to unleashes a ferocious flow of from the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8, a rush of forward motion yields an official zero-to-sixty of 4.2 seconds. Proving that the shall inherit the earth (or at the dynamometer bragging rights), the AMG Performance Package yields a 27 gain and 74 more pound-feet of a tenth of a second advantage in the 0- to sprint, and a top speed boosted to 186 mph all thanks to a software hack to the ECU.

Take that, jocks!

It potentially stupid acts of passing, hot corner entry and enthusiastic launches upon


Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Base

Mercedes-Benz’s active body suspension setup does calibrating from “vaguely yet surprisingly cushy” to “stiff as a when cornering calls for it, and the of the aluminum structure conspires the exuberantly whirring, subtly engine to invite potentially acts of high-velocity passing, hot entry speeds, and enthusiastic upon exit. The brakes are up to task, especially when in virtually indestructible carbon form (a $12,625 option).

As inspiringly competent as this sled proved itself to be, I two weak links during my drive. First, though came flawlessly fast and in automatic mode, tapping the shifters resulted in a slight How is the computer capable of doing an impeccable job of shifting, but resisting input so stubbornly? The other spot was the electromechanical steering, felt less than on one tester, and more lacking in on another. Tobias Moers, head of vehicle development, disagree, saying his team was aware if the issue and that it take “no more two days of software re-programming to fix the before it goes to production.” In words, Team Geek can it together. We hope.

Does the quicker, more fuel-efficient and SL63 win on all fronts? At $146,695, mighty expensive, and the price soars as the options pile on. The BMW M6 at 4,508 lbs, is too portly to be a serious sports car, but its cost also makes it a steal, especially when a equipped SL63 can easily the mighty SLS AMG’s $189,600 tag. Then there’s the sheetmetal which, while sexier than the standard won’t be on permanent display at the any time soon.

You’ll pay dearly for the privilege of a member of the newest and fastest SL which for most drivers is a heady place to be; this is, all, one of the most stirring SLs to the world’s roads, and a potent symbol, to boot. But for the well-heeled and nitpicky, this high-priced might be a couple of heartbeats from inspiring unfettered

WIRED The only way to commute the Gulfstream and the Palmer Johnson. in a sprint, spry in the esses. power than Gozer the

TIRED Other cars more bang for your bucks. Laggy manual Un-pretty, and the bunting is cheesy. buggy assisted steering in my but this should be cleared up in the

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Base
Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Base

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