2012 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG should begin reaching U.S. dealers in mid-July, about two months or so after the 2013 SL550.
- The 2013 SL63 AMG is based on the redesigned SL, with the usual performance and cosmetic upgrades.
- The optional AMG Performance Package kicks up output to 557 hp and torque to 664 lb-ft, while trimming 0.1 second from the 0-60 time. Top speed rises to 186 mph.
AFFALTERBACH, Germany — The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG should begin reaching U.S. dealers in mid-July, about two months or so after the 2013 SL550.
The 2013 SL63 AMG is based on the redesigned SL, with the usual performance and cosmetic upgrades.
The AMG edition will offer buyers a choice of two output levels. The standard AMG-tuned twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter direct-injection V8 is rated at 530 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Driving the rear wheels through an AMG Speedshift MCT seven-speed sports transmission, the engine delivers 0-60 acceleration in 4.2 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 155 miles per hour according to Mercedes-Benz.
The optional AMG Performance Package kicks up output to 557 hp and torque to 664 lb-ft, while trimming 0.1 second from the 0-60 time. Top speed rises to 186 mph.
AMG has trimmed 275 pounds from the car, which enables the standard twin-turbo V8 to return 30-percent better fuel economy — 24 miles per gallon on the combined European driving cycle.
But the focus remains on performance, with such standard features as AMG active suspension, AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance compound brake system, AMG sports exhaust system and AMG alloy rims with 255/35R19 front and 285/30R19 rear tires.
Options include an AMG performance suspension, AMG rear axle differential lock, ceramic high-performance compound brakes with red-painted calipers, multispoke AMG forged wheels (available in matte black) with 255/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tires, and an AMG performance steering wheel.
The SL63 AMG gets a unique front apron with a large airdam, an AMG radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, side sills, rear lip spoiler, diffuser-style rear apron and chromed twin tailpipes.
The interior features AMG sport seats in single- or two-tone nappa leather, an AMG instrument cluster, carbon-fiber trim, illuminated sills, ambient lighting and an IWC analog clock.
Among the extra-cost equipment: Active Parking Assist, Airscarf heating, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio, Driving Assistance package, keyless go and climate seats.
Edmunds.com says: Hard to imagine that a 530-horsepower SL wouldn't be enough, but we're guessing that most SL63s will be ordered with the Performance Package anyway. That's how SL buyers roll.