MercedesBenz SL 63 AMG Built for comfort and for speed The Globe…

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Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: Built for and for speed Add to.

“I sleep through he confessed afterwards.

Terrorizing the roads of southern France is what we planned to do in the all-new SL 63 Mercedes-Benz’s latest performance toy in its expanding AMG quiver of speedy As the extreme-makeover-ed and speedier version of the polished SL 550, we expected hard-top convertible sports car to the noise, both dynamically, and

The latter it did convincingly, with an bark every time we on the loud pedal. Both were actually very especially with the rotary AMG dial down below the set to Sport or Sport+, a dial also adjusted the standard ABC into increasingly stiff

What was most surprising was how the suspension was in the default Comfort some extra exhaust the only clue that behind the wheel of a serious car instead of the luxury-oriented SL two-seater. were even hints of roll in Comfort as well as of such cushiness in Sport when pushing as hard as the narrow corners allowed.

is a big car in Europe, and the car’s quick yet steering were appreciated rounding yet another blind when a delivery van jumps view, and you have to instantly the wide SL 63 between the truck’s and the drop-offs on the other. It felt more at home on moderately highways, where cruising around France’s 130 km/h limit with the top down allowed for easy conversation no shouting.


This relatively calm demeanor was helped by the power that can be raised behind you via a in between the seats. And basically all of the other luxury interior are either standard or available on the 63 AMG as the folding hardtop roof many rivals only cloth, the AirScarf system pipes warm air to the back of neck, the clear-to-tinted Magic Sky that switches over at the of a button, and ventilated perches help avoid seat when the top is down.

You won’t find such an list of unique luxury in other performance two-seaters, and includes the pricier but much Mercedes SLS Roadster, a raw speed where saving weight was a priority.

No, the SL 63 adds sportiness than detracts luxury. in point: the SL 63 now offers the same AMG media package that can your acceleration times, lap cornering forces, braking and top speed, all transferable via a USB stick. The was introduced on the SLS Roadster, and combined other options such as brakes and the limited-slip differential, one of the few Benzes that wouldn’t or feel out of place on an open day.

And we haven’t even discussed the SL most sporting aspect the mother of a twin turbocharged V-8. Adding 15 horses to the aspirated 6.2-litre V-8 it replaced may not like much – and when now making 530 ponies, it isn’t, in terms. But the jump in low-end is massive, coming courtesy of the new engine’s extra 125 lb-ft of

Plus that Everest-like mountain of 590 lb-ft is at full at a mere 2,000 rpm. Our came with the optional package, which boosts the and top speed even more, to 557 and 300 the torque needing a Richter to register its full 664 lb-ft. right toe-poke gave us blurriness, to the point where we found it too sensitive, preferring mode’s gentler throttle in city driving to avoid neck-snapping starts.

Which comes back to the well-rounded appeal of this SL 63 AMG. Yes, it’s faster, stops quicker, better and is louder than a SL, as one would expect for an extra 40 or so over the $124,000 SL 550. But it arrives in July, to be followed this year by a heavier SL 65 AMG’s massive 12-cylinder the SL 63’s magic lies in how comfort one has to give up for the occasional thrill.

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Tech specs

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

Type: Luxury two-seat convertible

Base (estimated) $165,000

Engine: twin-turbo, V-8

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