The power of the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG is quite overwhelming. It originates from a 6.0 litre V12 biturbo (or twin turbo if you prefer), which is not exactly new. It is a heavily revised version of the M 275, earning the new name of M 279.
Or simply put, this engine has added fastness – lots of it. New to the engine are the exhaust gas turbochargers with an increased spiral cross-section, manifolds and wastegate ducts. Multi-spark ignition with 12 double ignition coils makes the feel of the engine smooth. The exhaust escapes the car through optimised catalytic converters and the new AMG sports exhaust that weighs 3.2 kg lighter than the old one.
Partnering the engine is the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-tronic, a first for AMG. Wider gear ratios, a new fuel economy torque convertor, reduced friction bearings and transmission-oil thermal management improves the gearbox’s efficiency.
The numbers? 630 hp with 1,000 Nm of twist, 0-100 km/h is done in 4.0 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. Environmentalists will be happy to know that the SL 65 AMG expels a small 270g/km of CO2 and has a fuel consumption of 24.4 mpg, or about 9.6 litre/100km.
There’s also less fat in the new SL 65 AMG. Intelligent lightweight construction, all-aluminium bodyshell and plenty of carbon fibre brings the weight down to just 1950 kg, which is 170 kg lighter if you’re comparing the new with the old.
The suspension system also makes use if its lightness. Steering knuckles, spring links of the 4-link front suspension and nearly all of the multi-link independent rear suspension is made of aluminium. To really give the car more handling, there is more negative camber on both axles with a revised elastokinematics. The SL 65 AMG also comes standard with AMG’s Active Body Control, or ABC for short.
There are only two suspension settings to choose from, Sport and Comfort. I think you can take a guess on what those two modes do to the driving dynamics of the car.
In spite of the powerful figures and the aggressive styling of the car, it is still a Mercedes-Benz and it still comes with a host of uber luxury features.
Like the vario-roof for example. Not only does it change from roadster to coupe in under 20 seconds, the buyer also have the option to get the vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL that switches from light to dark at a push of a button.
As for the interior, the car comes with AMG sport seats in single or two-tone nappa leather with the AMG pattern. AMG emblems are embossed on the seat’s backrests as well. Also making its way from the SLS AMG are the four jet engine- styled air vents, E-SELECT LEVER and AMG DRIVE UNIT.
The standard equipment list is long: Bang & Olufsen BeoSound, AIRSCARF, COMAND Online, MAGIC VISION CONTROL, auto pop-up roll-over bars for driver and front passenger and the list goes on.
The options’ list comes from the AMG Performance Studio, which means you can expect plenty more AMG anagrams that can be placed all over the car. AMG Exterior Carbon package, AMG Performance steering wheel and the AMG Performance Media are just some of the highlights.
Price for the SL 65 AMG starts at around 236,334 euros and by the time it makes it way here will push the numbers past a RM1,000,000. Out of reach for a good majority of Malaysians; at least drooling over the pictures is free.