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Review (2/2)

New Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG: Lower Weight and Displacement, Higher Performance

Source: Mercedes-Benz | Published: Sat Feb 25, 2012

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Design: Stylish and Dynamic

SL63 AMG, SLS AMG roadster and SLK 55 AMG - as the latest addition to the AMG roadster family, the SL63 AMG displays the hallmark styling elements of a superior high-performance car from Affalterbach:

Distinctive AMG bodystyling includes a front apron with a large air dam, AMG- specific LED daytime running lamps and a lower cross strut in silver chrome. Among its eye-catching features are a new AMG radiator grille with a double louver in silver chrome, side sill panels and "V8 BITURBO" logos on the vent grilles with fins in silver chrome. At the rear, an AMG spoiler lip, two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust and a diffuser-style rear apron with a body-colored insert draw the design to a fitting conclusion.

Interior: A Feast for All the Senses

Inspired by the SLS AMG, the SL63 AMG interior offers a feast for all the senses: four air vents styled like jet engines, an E-SELECT lever and AMG DRIVE UNIT are all reminiscent of the super sports car. Standard equipment includes AMG sports seats in single-tone or two-tone nappa leather with a unique seat upholstery design and AMG badges in the seat backrests, a multicontour function and seat heating as well as AMG carbon-fiber trim, AMG illuminated door sill panels, ambient lighting and an IWC-design analogue clock. One of the stand-out details on the AMG performance steering wheel is an AMG logo in the lower metal insert. A sporty AMG instrument cluster provides a wealth of information and includes a TFT color monitor, AMG start- up display, AMG main menu and RACETIMER. Outstanding material quality and high-caliber workmanship underline the attention to detail paid by the Mercedes and AMG experts.

Intelligent Lightweight Construction

Intelligent lightweight construction is one of the major factors behind the impressive fuel mileage figures of the SL63 AMG. Based on a lightweight aluminum bodyshell (similar to the SLS AMG super sports car), this design not only delivers significant weight savings but it also greatly enhances body rigidity, and as a result, safety and comfort as well.

Intelligent lightweight construction also means that components have been optimized for their specific purpose. For example, high-strength steel tubes are integrated into the aluminum roof pillars for safety reasons, while several types of processing are used for the aluminum parts - permanent mold castings or vacuum die castings are processed into extruded sections or used as sheet aluminum with varying wall thicknesses. The result is high rigidity, high safety and improved vibration characteristics. For the cover behind the fuel tank, designers use magnesium, which is lighter than aluminum.

Even the trunk lid helps to trim weight further. For the first time on a mass- produced car, its inner frame is made from a lightweight carbon-fiber composite, which is bonded to a plastic outer shell, saving 11 pounds compared to a conventional trunk lid. Overall, a raft of innovative lightweight-design measures means the new SL63 AMG is 275 pounds lighter than the model it replaces.

AMG Sports Suspension

Lightweight-design measures are not just limited to the body of the SL63 AMG. The steering knuckles and suspension arms on the front suspension and almost all of the multi-link independent rear suspension parts are made of aluminum. The reduced unsprung weight enhances both agility and spring and shock response.

The 2013 SL63 AMG is equipped with an enhanced version of the AMG sports suspension that's based on the Mercedes-Benz ABC active suspension. During its design, development and testing phases, the focus was clearly on driving dynamics and performance.

At the push of a button, the driver can select "Sport" for reduced body roll and firm shock damping or "Comfort" for a high level of comfort on long trips. For greater agility and faster cornering speeds, the 2013 SL63 AMG has more negative camber all round and fully revised elastokinematics.

The 2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG is equipped with a new, electro-mechanical AMG speed- sensitive sports steering for agile cornering and exceptionally good feedback during high-performance driving. The steering has a faster, constant ratio and variable power assistance, which adjusts automatically to the suspension settings.

Standard equipment also includes three-stage ESP - its "SPORT Handling" mode for accomplished drivers is exclusive to AMG. Options available from the AMG Performance Studio include an AMG rear axle differential lock and AMG performance suspension.

AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-Speed Sports Transmission

Providing the direct feedback of a manual transmission with the total convenience of an automatic, the seven-speed MCT with AMG SPEEDSHIFT features an innovative start-up clutch, which runs in an oil bath and replaces a conventional torque converter. Thanks to its low rotational mass, the start-up clutch helps the transmission respond instantaneously and dynamically with no slip.

Fitted with seven speeds, four shift modes and a double-clutching function, the MCT transmission offers impressive versatility and even faster shift times. With four drive modes: "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) and "M" (Manual), the transmission provides customized shift control for maximum driving pleasure, and does so with no interruption of power. In the "C"mode, smooth shifts coupled with a "soft" accelerator response are set up for silky smooth power transfer. Also active in the "C" mode, the ECO start/stop function turns off the engine when the car is at a standstill.

New AMG High-Performance Compound Brakes

A newly developed AMG high-performance compound brake system features 15.3-inch compound discs with six-piston fixed calipers at the front and 14.2- inch integral discs with single-piston floating calipers at the rear.

An electric parking brake is standard, while options include ceramic high- performance compound brakes (similar to the SLS AMG) and red-painted calipers that identify the AMG Performance package.

The SL63 AMG leaves the factory fitted with five-twin-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels painted high-gloss titanium grey, and are shod with 255/35 R19 front and 285/30 R19 rear tires. Optional multi-spoke AMG forged wheels from the AMG Performance Studio (also available in matte black including a rim flange with a high-sheen finish) with 255/35 R19 front and 285/30 R20 rear tires help reduce unsprung weight.


The sixth-generation SL features a retractable hardtop that can transform the quiet, weather-tight coupe into a top-down roadster in under 20 seconds. The new SL has two versions to choose from: a glass roof or the unique panoramic roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL, which can be switched from light to dark tinting at the push of a button.

One of the World's Safest Roadsters

A crash-optimized aluminum body structure, standard-fit PRE-SAFE and assistance systems on a par with the flagship S-Class make the SL the world's safest roadster. The rigid aluminum bodyshell forms a strong occupant compartment with defined deformation zones at the front and rear. If the vehicle rolls over, A-pillars made from a steel-aluminum material mix and two automatic roll-over bars help to protect the occupants.

Restraint systems, including two-stage driver and passenger airbags, have been further enhanced. Headbags cover the side head-impact area, and thorax air bags in the backrests can protect the upper body in the event of a side impact. Other new standard features for the SL include Mercedes-developed NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints and a front end with a large, yielding impact area and an active front hood to help protect pedestrians.

SL63 AMG's Standard Equipment

. COMAND with six-disc DVD changer
. Anti-theft alarm system
. harman/kardon Logic 7 surround sound system
. Frontbass
. Remote-unlocking trunk lid with power closing
. MAGIC VISION CONTROL adaptive windscreen cleaning system
. NECK-PRO head restraints
. Automatic, pop-up roll-over bars for driver and front passenger
. Power wind blocker

The SL63 AMG has an extensive range of optional extras:

. AIRSCARF neck-level heating
. Active Parking Assist incl. PARKTRONIC
. Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system
. Driving Assistance package Plus (DISTRONIC PLUS incl. BAS PLUS,
PRE-SAFE brake, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist)
. KEYLESS-GO Convenience package (incl. remote-closing trunk lid
. Climatized seats

AMG Performance Package

. Top Speed to 186 mph
. AMG Performance Steering Wheel with DINAMICA side grips
. Limited Slip Differential Lock
. Power increase (557 hp / 664 lb-ft)
. Red brake calipers

The new Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG will be launched in May 2012. European prices at a glance (incl. 19% VAT):

SL63 AMG: 157,675 EUR
SL63 AMG "Edition 1": 189,269.50 EUR
AMG Performance package: 14,280 EUR

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