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Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG successor for the six-year
The new two seated Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG, set to come to the UK, forms part of a five-strong face lifted SL line-up that also encompasses the 231bhp 3.0-litre V6 SL280, 388bhp 5.5-litre V8 SL500, 316bhp 3.5-litre V6 SL350, and raging 612bhp twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre SL65 AMG.
As the name of AMG’s newest form proposes, the up-market roadster gets a new naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre V8 that replaces the outgoing models.
Regardless of a need of forced injection, the new power plant’s bigger capacity sees it trump its predecessor to the melody of 15bhp, putting out 525bhp at 6800rpm. It can’t match the vintage engine’s gigantic torque rating, the SL63 AMG’s 450lb ft is 66lb ft down on the SL55 AMG, and is evolved some 2550rpm further up the rev range at a high 5200rpm, significance it has to be worked equitably hard before you glimpse its best.
All this sinew makes its way back to the rear wheels via a new seven-speed paddle move gearbox. conceived to handle torque burdens of up to 516lb ft, the new gearbox boasts the choice between four modes; solace, games, sport plus and manual – the last mentioned asserted to brag shift times of just 100 milliseconds.
Interior, there’s a new three spoke guiding wheel with isolated shift paddles, lightly changed equipment graphics, redesigned sport chairs with optional Air scarf scheme as well as a new navigation and entertainment scheme. The centre console is reworked to accommodate the revised move lever and its associated switchgear.
There’s furthermore a striking new front end design that, to these eyes at least, provides the SL63 AMG with an instantly more aggressive appearance than the SL55 AMG.
While the rudimentary four-link (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension continues unchanged in its rudimentary design, AMG have supplied the SL63 with new spring and damper rates as well as altered bushes more rigid front axle bearings.
The guiding ratio continues the same as before at 14.5:1, AMG concluding to eschew the variable Direct Steer scheme that has gone into other face lifted SL models in the concerns of a traditional linearity inside the helm. While needing the whip chink activity of some open top rivals, the pace perceptive placement possesses a reassuringly progressive feel that boosts person driving confidence.
The reworked suspension provides more than adequate grades of compliance, but also continues magnificently controlled on all sorts of exterior, premier to phenomenal front end grab. Indeed, you can hurl this vehicle into corners at apparently insane races and it will keep your selected line with steadfast promise. Ride value, meantime, continues exemplary. Yes, it’s firm, but it is not ever rough.
Another development is the appearance of Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG’s three stage ESP scheme – as first unveiled on the C63 AMG last year. It provides the person driving a choice between a standard and sport setting – the latter serving up larger fall twists before the onset of individual braking of the wheels. Furthermore, you can now also turn the scheme off absolutely – not certain thing I would recommend on public roads but just the thing for pathway days.