Mercedes used today’s F1 test session at the Barcelona circuit in Spain to unveil its new SL63 AMG
21 February 2012

Mercedes-Benz used today’s F1 test session at the Barcelona circuit in Spain as the backdrop for the unveiling of its latest performance car, the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

Set to go on sale in the UK in June, the new two seat roadster was revealed before a throng of international press representatives in an uncharacteristic low key presentation in the Barcelona pitlane alongside the German car maker’s new F1 car, the MGP W03, by Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

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Building on the developments brought to the standard SL shown at the Detroit motor show back in January, the SL63 AMG is based around a lightweight aluminium and magnesium structure that is claimed to reduce weight by 125kg over its predecessor.

Power comes from AMG’s latest M157 engine. The twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8, already used in the E63, CLS63, S63, CL63 and ML63, has been tuned to deliver 529bhp.

With the reduction in weight, the new car is claimed to possess greater performance than the old SL63, while returning combined fuel consumption savings of up to 30 per cent over the old SL63 AMG.

The new car is differentiated from lesser versions of Mercedes-Benz’s sixth-generation SL through an extensive body kit developed by the head of AMG design Volker Hellwig at the company’s headquarters in Affalterbach, Germany. It’s an aggressive and purposeful looking machine, lacking the elegance and grace of earlier go-fast versions of the German car maker’s up-market roadster.

Hallmark features include a deeper front bumper with larger cooling ducts, AMG-specific LED daytime running lights, a unique double-louvre grille, 'V8 BITURBO' badges along the flanks, widened sills, a subtle boot deck spoiler and an altered rear bumper housing an integral diffuser and four trapezoidal-shaped chromed tailpipes.

As with the last two generations of AMG’s performance roadster, the SL55 AMG and outgoing SL63 AMG, the new one receives an aluminium folding hardtop roof. It retracts back and stows within the top of the boot in 20sec. As with the smaller SLK55 AMG, it is expected to come with Mercedes-Benz’s new automatically tinting Magic Sky Roof as an option.

The 2012 Formula 1 season marks the first time that AMG’s name has been associated with parent company Mercedes-Benz’s F1 program, and it grabbed its first possible opportunity to attempt to link it with its road car business.

Mercedes-Benz plans to release further details, including official performance claims, for the new SL63 AMG tomorrow prior to a planned public unveiling at the Geneva motor show on 6 March.

Greg Kable

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21 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Mercedes-Benz used today’s F1 test session at the Barcelona circuit in Spain as the backdrop for the unveiling of its latest performance car, the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

Set to go on sale in the UK in June, the new two seat roadster was revealed before a throng of international press representatives in an uncharacteristic low key presentation in the Barcelona pitlane alongside the German car maker’s new F1 car, the MGP W03, by Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers, Michael Schumacher and Nico Ros... Read the full article[/quote] Still not enough, this thing is out gunned,too expensive,and compromised space wise inside, GT-R anyone?

Peter Cavellini.

21 February 2012

Peter I think you might be missing the point. This car is not aimed at people interested in driving around Wales. This is aimed at people accelerating fast past Harrods, or on Rodeo Drive.

This bodykitted version is actually the best looking new SL imo, the others look a little underwheeled, over grilled and a bit saggy at the rear. This version is manned up a bit and looks all the better for it. Pointless yes, more impressive to WAGS most certainly.

21 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Mercedes-Benz used today’s F1 test session at the Barcelona circuit in Spain as the backdrop for the unveiling of its latest performance car, the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

Set to go on sale in the UK in June, the new two seat roadster was revealed before a throng of international press representatives in an uncharacteristic low key presentation in the Barcelona pitlane[/quote]

Could this be because it is likely to be the 2012 pace / chase car for F1?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

21 February 2012

As said previously Peter, this is more about style and less about substance.

Personally I would take the Merc.

21 February 2012

I have no doubt that the SL63 AMG will go like a stabbed rat and will probably drive well too (though must remember this is a GT and not a sportscar). However, this car suffers the same problem as the M6, and indeed the standard SL and 6-Series. It simply does not ooze style or desirability in the same way as a XK, DB9/S, California or GranTurismo do for example.

The Merc and BMW are just too staid, in the typical German way, and are merely 2 door 3-box variations of their traditional conservative saloon designs. My head would say choose the SL63 or M6, but my heart would say go for the British or Italian rivals, while I suspect the still excellent XKR will be the better car overall anyway.

21 February 2012

You're either an SL-guy or not. GT-Rs, Astons, Ferraris etc are not the direct rivals for this car, so comparisons are irrelevant. I happen to be an SL-guy, so this car really pushes my buttons, way more than the others.

21 February 2012

IT WEIGHS LESS THAN THE OUTGOING MODEL.

Are you listening BMW?!

21 February 2012

At least it seems to be a vague improvement. From a company that has inflicted the SLS and SLR monsters on the public it deserves one cheer.

Gerardo

21 February 2012

The weight reduction is to be applauded and was badly needed. But Merc styling has really gone down the pan in recent years. SL and SLK are shadows of their former selves.

21 February 2012

Huh?? The regular SLs are complete munters. Yet, the AMG looks OK. What alchemy is this?!

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