Mercedes-Benz has announced the most powerful roadster they have ever built. The new 2013 SL 65 AMG is powered by the famous AMG V12 6.0-liter bi-turbo. It has 630HP (463 kW) and 1000Nm (737 lb-ft) – electronically limited, because of the gearbox. As we mentioned the transmission, it is a new AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic gearbox that provides four driver-selectable modes: Efficiency, Sport, Sport plus and Manual.

The performance is sensational 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds flat and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – electronically limited, of course. Without the limiter, the car will easily reach 200 mph (322 km/h).

The new 2013 SL 65 AMG is 17% more economical than the previous version, which means that it will cover 20.2 mpg US – 11.6 liters per 100 km.

Mercedes-AMG also makes systematic use of lightweight construction principles, as well as numerous axle components made of aluminium, for the suspension. As standard, the SL 65 AMG comes fitted with the AMG sports suspension, based on Active Body Control. The design and appointments are also exceptional and exclusive: the "twin blade" radiator grille, with two blade-shaped louvres and stylised "A" positioned underneath – a characteristic feature of AMG vehicles – all complement each other perfectly, along with the front apron's lower cross strut finished in high-sheen chrome.

In addition to the two special chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, the characteristic V12 features include the "V12 BITURBO" lettering on the front wings and the AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and equipped with 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 tyres on the front and rear respectively.

Particular highlights include the electrically adjustable AMG sports seats with single or two-tone upholstery in Exclusive nappa leather, special AMG V12 diamond-design seat upholstery layout and embossed AMG emblems on the seat backrests. The designo roof lining in leather with partial AMG V12 diamond-design stitching, AMG carbon-fibre trim elements and IWC-design analogue clock provide the perfect visual and tactile finishing touches.

An attractive highlight among the extensive standard equipment of the SL 65 AMG is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system: Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG have created it in conjunction with famous Danish audio specialists Bang & Olufsen. The sound system enables an exclusive music experience to be enjoyed at the very highest level. The basis of the system is formed not only by the amplifier with a total output of 900 watts and 12 high-end loudspeakers including Frontbass, but also the precise distribution of the music signals, controlled by the sound processor, to the selectable seating positions of driver, front passenger or the central position.

Thanks to the digital sound processor (DSP), it is also possible to choose between the high-end "reference" studio sound and spacious surround sound. All of the functions are operated using the COMAND system via a special Bang & Olufsen menu. Particular highlights include the illuminated lens tweeters on the dashboard – they help to create the characteristic virtual sound stage in front of the vehicle occupants. High-quality aluminium loudspeaker covers finished in silver chrome with the Bang & Olufsen logo give an indication of the exceptional position enjoyed by this high-end system.

The price of this toy is catastrophic - €236,334. Obviously Mercedes doesn't know the price of the money and we are eager to see, how many units will be sold worldwide.

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The extensive range of standard equipment includes:

  • COMAND Online with 6-disc DVD changer
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Frontbass
  • Remote-unlocking boot lid incl. power closing for boot lid
  • Intelligent Light System ILS
  • KEYLESS-GO Convenience package (incl. remote-closing boot lid and HANDS-? FREE ACCESS system)
  • NECK-PRO head restraints
  • Panoramic vario-roof

Optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio:

  • AMG forged light-alloy wheels, painted in titanium grey and polished
  • AMG forged light-alloy wheels, painted in matt black and with a high-sheen finish on the rim flange
  • AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system
  • AMG Exterior Carbon-Fibre 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 microfibre
  • Brake callipers, painted red

Source: Mercedes-Benz