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Kicherer's restyled 411kW SL63

2008-08-27 07:38
Let’s not be coy, the latest SL is not pretty. Kic

Let’s not be coy, the latest SL is not pretty. Kicherer give it a neat nose job as part of its latest tuning package though.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model SL 63 Kicherer
Engine 6.2-litre, V8
Power 411kW
Torque 670Nm
Kicherer might be one of the smallest German tuning firms, but its stylising of AMG’s SL leaves little to be desired.

Specialising in Mercedes-Benz performance enhancing products for the last 32 years, Kicherer have never had the export base or volumes to become a preeminent power broker in the world famous German aftermarket performance landscape.

The small, Stockach based company – consisting of only six technical personnel – has been functioning as an exclusive Mercedes-Benz subsidiary since 2003, catering to the whims of performance addled Merc customers who find AMGs too common.

Carbon-fibre fetishists only need apply

Kicherer’s rendition of the SL 63 AMG consists of deft styling modifications, new wheels and some extra power.

Bodywork detailing is an all carbon-fibre affair – as one would expect at this end of the market – and the aerodynamic package includes a new front bumper with diffuser which reduces lift on the front axle. A rear diffuser, shaded rear lights and neatly integrated bootlid spoiler ensure optimal rear-axle down force and stability.

The exterior styling treatment is rounded off with a set of 20-inch RS-1 aluminium wheels polished to perfection.

Small power boost

Powering this mass of carbon-fibre is a tweaked version of the AMG’s venerable 6.2-litre V8 producing 411kW and 670Nm.

These figures might only equate improvements of 25kW and 40Nm over the standard car, but the acoustic effect rendered by the new EVO exhaust system, not to mention its exquisitely finished overlapping quad tailpipes, blend well with the character of the Kicherer SL 63.

With the nanny speed-limiter removed the Kicherer tops out at 320km/h and sprints from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds. Performance comparisons hardly warrant its existence, but of the current batch of hideously restyled SLs, this is the most palatable one so far.


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