Ola Källenius, the Mercedes-AMG general manager described this car as a masterpiece – and he’s right. The new SL63 AMG is the fastest roadster to ever be produced.
The engine comes in two different variants: a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that is good for 537 horsepower and 800Nm of torque. The second option is the one that comes with the Performance package, and it brings the maximum power up to 564 horsepower and 900Nm of torque. With such power, crazy performance is obvious: 0 to 62 in 4.3 seconds (4.2 for the Performance) and an electronically limited top speed of 156 mph (187 mph for the Performance package).
Since both the performance and the power are very high, you would expect a minimal fuel economy, but that’s not exactly right. The Germans from Mercedes promise a fuel consumption of under 10l/100 km.
The transmission is the widely-used 7-speed automatic MCT. It comes in four versions: an ecofriendly “C” (for Controlled Efficiency), which decreases CO2 emissions and increases fuel economy, “S” and “S+” for sport, that shifts gears at higher RPM, and “M” for manual.
The weight of the new SL63 AMG is 125 kg smaller than the one of the previous SL63, for a total of 1845 kg. The Germans built this car out of aluminum and magnesium for this purpose. On the outside there’s a new minispoiler, modified center grille, LED for the daytime lighting and other minor changes.
The roof features an electrohydraulic system that retracts it in 20 seconds. The buyer can opt for an aluminum or glass roof (the Magic Sky Control).
The base cost price is of $210.000, but can come as high as $265,000 (the Edition1 package), that includes, among others, the Performance Package.
The official release date is sometime in May, but we may see it in Geneva next month. Time will tell.
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