2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG revealed

Mercedes-Benz has added the heavy-hitter to its new SL-Class range, with the introduction of the mighty SL 63 AMG.

With its twin-blade grille, muscular front bumper with repositioned LED daytime running lights, boot lid lip, rear bumper diffuser and quadruple exhaust tailpipes, the SL 65 AMG looks virtually identical to its SL 63 AMG sibling, apart from the 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels in titanium grey and those unmissable ‘V12 BITURBO’ fender badges.

Propelled by AMG’s M 279 V12 6-litre biturbo engine and seven-speed Speedshift transmission, the SL 65 AMG enjoys 463 kW (630 hp) and 1000 Nm of torque; up slightly on its predecessor, allowing a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 4 seconds, with 200 km/h appearing a mere 11.8 s. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). The new powerplant, aluminium bodyshell and ECO start/stop function all help to improve fuel efficiency, with the new flagship SL requiring 11.6 litres every 100 kilometres (NEDC combined): a reduction of 2.4 litres or 17 percent compared to the outgoing model. Notable hardware includes the electro-mechanical speed-sensitive steering and ABC (Active body control) active suspension system, which allows the driver to choose between ‘Sport’ and ‘Comfort’ settings.

Buyers can expect the usual high level of equipment, such as the Magic Sky Roof, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround sound system, Active Parking Assist and Airscarf. Goodies on the AMG Performance Studio option list include matte black forged light-alloy wheels, a ceramic brake upgrade, exterior carbon trim package, a steering wheel finished in nappa leather and those all-important red brake calipers…

Set to make its début at next month’s New York Auto Show, the SL 65 AMG will go on sale this September, with prices starting at € 236,334.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]

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