Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG Review

Next year a whole new version of the legendary Mercedes Benz SL- Class will debut featuring many new and amazing stuff.

So we thought it’s good to take another look at the current model in its last days, and we picked the most perfect version of the range, the SL63.

This car replaced the absolutely fantastic SL55, and since that car was so good Mercedes decided not to change it much  and just gave it a rather thorough facelift at front and a new rear diffuser! And that was about it. The new model looked quite mean and aggressive but many people believed the old 55 was a better design all around.

sl63 Mercedes Benz SL63 AMG Review

The SL63 remained loyal to the Mercedes’ recipe for a perfect roadster and gets the same sort of folding metal roof, two-seater layout, lots of luxury and of course a massive engine.

The SL55 was called 55 becasue it was powered by a 5.5 liter supercharged V8. For the SL63, they ditched that for a 6.3 liter, hence the name, naturally aspirated V8 which despite the extra displacement offers only around 25 more hp, but more torque and an even better soundtrack.It has 525 hp and 630 Nm of torque.

The AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine teams up with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission to form a perfect partnership for dynamic driving pleasure and outstanding performance. The Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds before quickly going on to a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). The high-revving naturally aspirated engine generates 386 kW/525 hp at 6800 rpm from a displacement of 6208 cubic centimetres, delivering maximum torque of 630 Newton metres at 5200 rpm. The unique combination of high-revving concept and large displacement achieves the best of both worlds: high pulling power at low engine speeds coupled with exhilarating high-revving flexibility – right up to 7200 rpm.

The dynamic drive unit finds its perfect match in the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG suspension. The AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control has been further enhanced and not only comes with new spring and damper tuning but also completely modified elastokinematics. The front axle bearings, the spring links and the torque strut along with individual strut bearings at the rear have been retuned to deliver greater agility and shorter stopping distances. In partnership with the optimised speed-sensitive power steering the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG now feels even more direct and livelier – enabling the driver to fully utilise the linear steering and oversteer/understeer characteristics typical of a sports car, especially on winding roads or a private racetrack. The AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control also enables the suspension set-up to be customised. At the push of a button, the driver can select a sporty, firm response with reduced roll angles, or go for a comfort-focussed setting for excellent comfort on long journeys.

Based on the available info the next generation SL is going to be an engineering masterpiece. We hope it’ll also be just as brilliant in terms of design. The word is it will look more like the SLS, which is fine.

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