With the latest generation SL-Class from Mercedes-Benz exciting open top car lovers, automotive purists will now be witness to AMG’s take on the impressive new roadster as SL 63 AMG is expected to hit Middle Eastern shores this summer.
The SL has continued to evolve with every new generation over the 60 years since the original was conceived. The latest creation from Affalterbach proves to be the pinnacle of this evolution, with the high performance division of Mercedes-Benz spawning a superlight, powerful, and furiously nimble new SL 63 AMG.
With an all-aluminium bodyshell similar to that of the iconic SLS AMG super sports car reduces the roadster’s weight by around 125 kilograms, the new SL truly stands up for its “Sports Lightweight” expansion. The new kerb weight is 1845 kilograms.
The AMG 5.5-litre V8 ‘biturbo’ (twin-turbocharged) engine delivers 537 hp and 800 Nm of torque. If the AMG Performance package is specified, these figures rise to 564 hp and 900 Nm – more power than any other competitor in this segment, claims Mercedes. The result is high-calibre performance, as underlined by the bolt from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 or 4.2 seconds, and to 200 km/h in 12.9 or 12.6 seconds respectively. Top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited), although this rises to an electronically limited 300 km/h with the AMG Performance package.
The eight-cylinder powerplant with the abbreviation M 157 features a combination of innovative high-tech components for high power output, and it delivers exemplary, low fuel consumption. In addition to spray-guided direct petrol injection, the engine boasts an all-aluminium crankcase, twin turbochargers, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment, air/water intercooling, alternator management and an ECO start/stop function. The weight-optimised AMG sports exhaust system with two chromed twin tailpipes produces a distinctive engine sound.
Performance is further boosted courtesy of a winning combination of enhanced AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control (ABC), new AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the AMG high-performance compound brake system and the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.
NEDC combined consumption comes in at 9.9 litres per 100 kilometres for both power outputs – a full 4.2 litres or 30 percent lower than for the outgoing model.
Frank Bernthaler, Director, Sales and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Middle East & Levant said: “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.
Content and pictures: Mercedes Middle East and Levant
Edited by: Sudeep Koshy