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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

The high-performance 2012 SL63 AMG comes with a 518 hp V8 engine equipped with the award-winning AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission. A direct descendant of the legendary 300SL "Gullwing" of the 1950s, the SL roadster features dramatic styling with fenders that incorporate sharp, angular headlights and modified gill-type air outlets behind the front wheels. (continued below)

2012 SL63 AMG Photo Gallery

SL63 AMG Leads the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Source: Mercedes-Benz | Published: Fri Jul 22, 2011

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A front hood with a large, single dome and a bold single-lamella grille emphasize the width of the body and make a symbolic visual connection to the famous 1954 300SL, while tightly-styled side mirrors reveal built-in arrow-shaped turn signals.

At the rear, an air diffuser in the bumper adds a motorsports touch, and trapezoidal exhaust tips emphasize its width and suggest all the power on tap. The cockpit includes a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel and an instrument cluster with eye-catching red tachometer and speedometer needles that swing to the max position and back to zero whenever the ignition is turned on.

Exclusive AMG Styling, Inside and Out

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG is distinguished by unique body styling, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, sports suspension and a high-performance brake system. A muscular front bumper with large air intakes houses round fog lights ringed in chrome, and a "6.3 AMG" badge marks each front fender.

Contoured side skirts carry the aggressive lines of the front bumper to the rear, where an AMG rear apron incorporates a larger air diffuser. A pair of twin tailpipes completes the exclusive look and sound of the new models. Inside the SL63 AMG, drivers are greeted by an AMG sport steering wheel with distinctive aluminum shift paddles and AMG multi-contour leather sport seats finished in special vertical stitching.

SL63 AMG Features AMG-Designed V8

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG V8 boasts a wealth of exciting features derived from AMG's highly successful racing efforts. Built almost completely from a high-strength silicon-aluminum alloy, the 518 hp engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, bucket-type cam followers (rather than rocker arms), and a variable intake manifold. The cylinder bores feature a twin­wire-arc-sprayed (TWAS) coating, a new process that results in impressively low friction and running surfaces that are twice as hard as conventional cast-iron cylinders.

MCT Transmission

Providing the direct feedback of a manual transmission with the total convenience of an automatic, the award-winning seven-speed MCT (for multi-clutch technology) with AMG SPEEDSHIFT made its debut on the SL63 AMG. Featuring an innovative start-up clutch that replaces a conventional torque converter and runs in an oil bath, the seven-speed MCT transmission combines the direct connection of a manual gearbox with the lightning-quick automatic gear shifts of a Formula 1 race car. Thanks to its low rotational mass, the start-up clutch helps the transmission respond instantaneously and dynamically with no slip.

With four shift modes and an automatic rev-matching function, the MCT transmission offers impressive versatility and even faster shift times. The SL63 AMG also includes a Race Start feature, which helps maintain full-throttle acceleration and optimal traction during motorsports competition.

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V8
Displacement 379 cu in (6208 cc)
Power 518 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque 465 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Redline 7200 rpm
Driveline Rear Wheel Drive
Transmission 7 Speed Automatic
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 255/35 R19 - 285/30 R19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 180.8 in
Width 81.4 in
Height 51.1 in
Curb Weight 4398 lbs
0-60 mph 4.5 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 155 mph
  186 mph (w/ Performance Package)
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway 12/19 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) n/a

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