Merc reveals 415kW SL 63 AMG

2012-02-22 13:26

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new high-performance roadster ahead of its debut at the Geneva auto show. The new SL 63 AMG has increased power, improved driving dynamics and 30% lower fuel consumption and emissions.

With a kerb weight of 1845kg (reduced by 125 kg) and powered by AMG's twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 engine capable of 395 kW or 415 kW (AMG Performance package), the new model hopes to give drivers unparalleled dynamism and a superior driving experience. The engine is mated to an MCT seven-speed automatic transmission.

Ola Källenius, CEO at Mercedes-AMG, said: "The new SL 63 AMG is yet another masterpiece from Mercedes-AMG. Be it driving dynamics, lightweight construction or efficiency – the SL 63 AMG represents a giant leap forward. Following on from the SLS AMG Roadster and the SLK 55 AMG, it now makes our unrivalled roadster family practically complete."


The new model is capable of rocketing from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 or 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h or 300 km/h with the AMG Performance package on board. The SL 63 has a claimed fuel consuption at 9.9l/100kms, a reduction of 4.2 litres (or 30%) over the outgoing model.

The new model sports a new grille design and side sill panels.

Mercedes-AMG is remaining faithful to the ABC (Active Body Control) active spring and damper system as the new SL 63 AMG is equipped with an enhanced version of the AMG sports suspension based on ABC as standard.

Standard equipment includes three-stage ESP, exclusive to AMG with "SPORT Handling" mode for particularly keen drivers, while options available from the AMG Performance Studio include an AMG rear differential lock and AMG performance suspension.

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

ROADSTER FAMILY: The SL 63 AMG is the latest addition to the AMG Roadster family and the flagship model displays the hallmark styling elements from Affalterbach.

The transmission has four modes to select from: C (controlled efficiency), S (sport), S+ (sport plus) and M (manual). In C mode, the ECO start/stop function is active at all times and switches off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill. Second gear is generally used as the starting gear in this mode.

The engine and transmission are far more agile in S, S+ and M mode; in addition, the stop/start function is deactivated.

The SL 63 AMG interior, inspired by the SLS AMG, includes AMG sports seats with badges in the seat backrests, carbon-fibre trim, illuminated door sill panels, ambient lighting and an IWC-designed analogue clock.

One of the stand-out details on the AMG performance steering wheel is the logo in the lower metal insert.


To mark the launch of the new SL 63 AMG, AMG is also offering the special "Edition 1" model with a host of exterior features. The Edition 1 model sports Mercedes' Airscarf, special alloy wheels, matt black paint, AMG Performance package and exclusive leather interior.

Features exclusive to the "Edition 1" include special designo magno crystal silver paintwork and, if designo Exclusive leather in classic red is specified, contrasting red topstitching on the steering wheel, headliner and dashboard.

A set of designo velour floor mats with edging in designo classic red leather round off this exceptional package of appointments.

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG will be launched globally in May 2012. The all-new SL range will be available in South Africa from August, 2012.

  • Ismael - 2012-02-23 14:11


  • Wayne - 2012-02-23 15:16

    Boo wooo...BMW M6 with a 4.4l engine gets 412kw!

      Barry - 2012-02-23 15:42

      and it can go around a corner...

      pvuuren - 2012-02-24 09:27

      the bmw gives 10.2l/100km and the Benz does 9.9, now isn't the Benz better ??? its lighter, its got a bigger plant, and more power albeit only 3kw more, all this by using less fuel??? and I bet it won't start rattling and giving electrical and electronic problems after 100'000km

      Lourens - 2012-02-24 12:48

      I'd rather drive the BMW than the Merc because of its superior handling and manual gearbox option, and the merc is an old mans car. If I could afford a car like the M6 or SL63 i wouldn't care about the fuel economy because obviously you can afford it.

      johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-02-24 13:23

      Ja but ou boet, beemers are only giegh beeat (Kw) and no speed or Boute, Moere en Waster, or Barmarm Maar Windgat!!!If I have to choose betwee 'n Beemer and a Beemer, my favourite will be a cup of coffee!!

  • Shafiek - 2012-02-23 17:22

    Absolutely beautiful. The best of sports roadsters.

  • Cyrus - 2012-02-23 20:41

    9.9ltrs/1ookm. I wonder is that achieved by towing the car

  • PatPion - 2012-02-24 11:25

    Wow, that is stunning!

  • Leon Janse van Rensburg - 2012-02-26 16:25

    Only the ones that can't afford the Merc will talk sh... About it

  • Tino - 2012-03-02 14:15

    All that power and torque without fourwheel drive?

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