Mercedes SL63 AMG power to be boosted by 48bhp; new SL400 introduced to replace SL350
7 April 2014

Mercedes-Benz plans to increase the output of the SL63 AMG’s twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 direct injection petrol engine from a standard 529bhp to 577bhp from June, the German car maker has revealed.

In a move aimed at streamlining production the SL63 AMG will be available in just one state of engine tune. The performance package option is set to be dropped.

With a new output of 577bhp, the SL63 AMG will pack 48bhp more than today’s standard model and 21bhp more than the existing SL63 AMG with the optional performance package.

Together with the increase in reserves, the SL63 AMG will also receive a mechanical locking differential as standard equipment.

The move will follow the introduction of the SL400, a replacement for the Mercedes-Benz SL350 brought as part of a series of subtle changes brought to the SL line-up. The move is part of a bid to stir sales of the two-year-old luxury roadster.

The SL400 is powered by Mercedes-Benz’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 direct injection petrol engine, unveiled in the new E400 early last year. With 328bhp and 354lb ft of torque, it delivers 26bhp and 81lb more than the naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 direct-injection petrol unit used by the SL350.

Despite the appearance of a new nine-speed automatic gearbox on selected new Mercedes-Benz models, the new SL400 runs the tried and tested seven-speed automatic. Official performance claims give it a 0-62mph time of 5.2sec – beating the SL350 by 0.7sec – and an electronically limited 155mph top speed.

Combined cycle consumption is put at 39mpg for average CO2 emissions of 172g/km, in the process providing the new SL model with EU6 compliance.

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7 April 2014
Erm.... shouldn't this be called an SL300, then? Or would that put off the hairdressers, Second Division (relegation zone again) footballer's wives and 65 year olds dressed as 30 year olds? Not that I'm a car bigot ;-))

7 April 2014
Straff wrote:
Erm.... shouldn't this be called an SL300, then? Or would that put off the hairdressers, Second Division (relegation zone again) footballer's wives and 65 year olds dressed as 30 year olds? Not that I'm a car bigot ;-))
So if you're a 40 year old man, dressing as a 40 year old man, working in a non-hairdressing/football industry, are you not allowed this car? What a load of carp! Great car, suitable for ANYONE.who likes it.

7 April 2014
328BHP, 354 lb/ft. and 39 mpg Those German engineers have got very good at the EU test.

7 April 2014
As I said, I'm not a car bigot. Everyone is free to purchase and drive whatever they so wish. It's just that the vast majority that own these things seem to fall into the category I outlined above. Real men would only be interested in the models higher up the food chain with large capacity engines and AMG badges. ;-)) They're more your Premier League footballers and celebrity hair dressers.

8 April 2014
Straff wrote:
Real men would only be interested in the models higher up the food chain with large capacity engines and AMG badges. ;-))
Your idea of "real men" is based on insecurity and brand slavery - the actual antithesis of what you intended to portray.

7 April 2014
No hairdresser would be in the command seat of an SL. SLK is their weapon or hairspray of choice. This is more your perma tan coming up to retirement car if you wish to pigeonhole the sterotypical driver.

7 April 2014
Thanks Smilerforce for pointing out the error of my ways. I'd like to apologise to all Autocar readers in possession of an SL for accusing them of knowing far too much about marcel waves and blue rinses. I'm very sorry. Now, where do I find this perma tan stuff so I can enquire about an SL...?

7 April 2014
Great Naming... SL400 has a 3.0 litre, the SL 500 has a 4 litre. Why not just scrap the hundred scheme.

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7 April 2014
Incredible performance/economy figures for a petrol engine!

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