2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG is another masterpiece from Mercedes-AMG. This SL 63 AMG is available with a choice of two power outputs. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 'biturbo' (twin-turbocharged) engine, which delivers 395 kW (537 hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. If the AMG Performance package is specified, these figures are increased to 415 kW (564 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft). The acceleration is from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.3 or 4.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in 12.9 or 12.6 seconds respectively. Top speed is electronically limited 250 km/h. With the AMG Performance package on board it is raised to 300 km/h (likewise electronically limited). 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.
Behind the low fuel consumption is the lightweight construction of the SL 63 AMG. The vehicle is based on a lightweight all-aluminium bodyshell similar to that of the SLS AMG super sports car. The result is weight saving of around 110 kilograms. Moreover the components have been optimised in line with their specific purpose. For the cover, for instance, behind the tank, the engineers have used even lighter magnesium material in some cases. High-strength steel tubes are integrated into the A-pillars for safety reasons. The boot lid helps to further trim the weight: the inner support is made from lightweight carbon-fibre composite and is bonded to the plastic outer shell, resulting in a weight saving of five kilograms. Moreover, almost all of the multi-link independent rear suspension components are made of aluminium. The reduction in unsprung masses enhances both agility and the response of the spring and damper components. The all-new SL 63 AMG is equipped with an improved version of the AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control as standard. As a result the car has exceptional sport characteristics with reduced roll angles and firm body damping ("Sport") or more comfort-oriented settings for a high level of comfort on long journeys ("Comfort"). In addition for greater agility and faster cornering speeds, the SL 63 AMG has fully revised elastokinematics. Furthermore, the model is equipped with the new, electro-mechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, which now has a constant and more direct ratio, and variable power assistance which adjusts in line with the suspension settings. Further standard equipment features 3‑stage ESP®, a speciality exclusive to AMG with "SPORT Handling" mode for particularly keen drivers, while options available from the AMG Performance Studio include an AMG rear axle differential lock and AMG performance suspension.
More importantly the power transmission can be adapted to specific requirements. The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission has four modes to select from: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual). To go furter into details, in "C" mode, the ECO start/stop function is active at all times and switches off the eight-cylinder engine when the vehicle is standing still. The engine and transmission are far more agile in "S", "S+" and "M" mode. Here the stop/start function is deactivated. An automatic double-declutching function for downshifting and the RACE START function are also included as standard with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission.
When it comes to braking, the new model got the freshly developed AMG high-performance compound brake system features 390 x 36 mm compound discs with six-piston fixed callipers at the front and 360 x 26 mm integral discs with single-piston floating callipers at the rear. In addition, an electric parking brake is fitted as standard, while options available from the AMG Performance Studio include red-painted callipers to denote the AMG Performance package. The SL 63 AMG sits on five-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted titanium grey with a high-sheen finish, shod with 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 19 rear tyres. There are also available of course, multi-spoke AMG forged wheels from the AMG Performance Studio with 255/35 R 19 front and 285/30 R 20 rear tyres.
The new SL 63 AMG has a dynamically distinctive AMG bodystyling. It features front apron with large air dams, AMG-specific LED daytime running lamps and a lower cross strut in silver chrome, new AMG radiator grille with a double louvre in silver chrome, the side sill panels and the "V8 BITURBO" logos on the vent grilles with fins in silver chrome, AMG spoiler lip, the two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, the diffuser-style rear apron with body-coloured insert.
The sixth-generation SL retains the space-saving, electrohydraulically retractable vario-roof. It enables the the SL to transformed itself into a roadster or a coupé, as the mood takes the driver and depending on the weather, in under 20 seconds. More importantly there are three versions of this roof to choose from: painted roof, glass roof or the unique panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL.
The interior of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG is as extraordinary and exciting as the exterior. It offers a lot of equipment: four air vents styled like jet engines, the E-SELECT lever, the AMG DRIVE UNIT. Standard equipment includes AMG sports seats in single-tone or two-tone nappa leather with a unique V8 seat upholstery layout and AMG badges in the seat backrests, a multicontour function and seat heating as well as AMG carbon-fibre trim, AMG illuminated door sill panels, ambient lighting and an IWC-design analogue clock, AMG performance steering wheel, AMG instrument cluster provides which includes a TFT colour monitor, AMG start-up display, AMG main menu and RACETIMER.
Further standard equipment for the SL 63 AMG include: ATTENTION ASSIST COMAND Online with 6-disc DVD changer, anti-theft alarm system, frontbass, remote-unlocking boot lid including power closing for boot lid, Intelligent Light System ILS, MAGIC VISION CONTROL adaptive windscreen cleaning system, NECK-PRO head restraints, PRE-SAFE® system, automatic, pop-up roll-over bars for driver and front passenger, draught-stop
The SL 63 AMG extensive range of optional extras comprises of: AIRSCARF neck-level heating, Active Parking Assist including PARKTRONIC, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system, Driving Assistance package Plus (DISTRONIC PLUS including BAS PLUS, PRE‑SAFE® brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist), harman/kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system, KEYLESS-GO Convenience package (including remote-closing boot lid and HANDS-FREE ACCESS system), Exclusive nappa leather Climatised seats, Electric draught-stop.
Furthermore, it is now possible to add even more individuality to the SL 63 AMG, with more optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio: AMG Performance package (increase in maximum power of 20 kW (27 hp) and maximum torque of 100 Nm; AMG engine cover in genuine carbon fibre, AMG rear axle differential lock, AMG spoiler lip in genuine carbon fibre, red-painted callipers, AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA), AMG forged light-alloy wheels, AMG forged light-alloy wheels, painted matt black, rim flange with a high-sheen finish, AMG performance suspension, AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system, AMG Exterior Carbon package (cross strut in front apron, exterior mirror housings and spoiler lip in genuine carbon fibre), AMG Performance Media with telemetry function, AMG performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA.
To mark the launch of the new SL 63 AMG, AMG Performance studio is going to launch a special edition model of the vehicle, called "Edition 1" model. The "Edition 1" includes the following as standard: AIRSCARF neck-level heating, AMG forged light-alloy wheels, painted matt black, rim flange with a high-sheen finish, AMG Performance package, Exclusive leather in classic red or deep white with contrasting topstitching, headliner in black leather, harman/kardon® Logic 7® surround sound system, MAGIC SKY CONTROL panoramic vario-roof.
The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG will be launched in May 2012.