2013 SL Updates: SL65

AMG – SL 65 Auslieferung

Up to 630hp, 1,000 newton meters of torque and 0-100 km/hr in just 4 secs – this sums up the new generation SL65’s speed capabilities fairly well.

2013 SL65 announced

My friend and editor of ClassicDriver.com, Steve Wakefield, summed up the SL65 quite well last week noting that within the genre of an expensive car for those “not really interested in cars (or driving), the SL in recent years has had few equals.” Hmmm, extreme high performance cars for those not really interested in cars or driving – that’s quite a conundrum and begs the question: Why would a car with 600hp require ‘Attention Assist?’

And it’s why I’m always at a loss as to what to write about such cars. Wakefield probably feels the same. These are amazing creations that showcase new technology and garner massive publicity – ‘halo’ cars if you will. The new SL65 raises the bar for its German and British rivals on all levels – power, refinement and driver comfort.

All we can say is bravo Mercedes-Benz for giving us outrageous, overpowered street cars.

However, I’ve really never figured out what I would do with such a car were I in the position to own one. The urge for attacking corners and opposite lock powersliding is amply satisfied when I plant myself in my 125cc shifter kart at Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse, SL 65 AMG ; Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, SL 65 AMG;

Gorgeous interior impresses with cushion pleating, contrasting piping and matte silver highlights. Superb, comfortable and stylish.

Filling a niche

Regardless, we and Mercedes-Benz are thankful for SL65 buyers, posers or otherwise. Were there no posers, there would be no 600+ hp SLs, no Lambo Aventadors or Corvette ZR1s and the automotive world would be much the poorer. With no supercars to eviscerate, Top Gear would likely go off the air which would be a shame.

All we can say is bravo Mercedes-Benz for giving us outrageous, overpowered street cars. The 2013 SL65 will be launched in September of this year and will be very expensive. Some SL65 specifications follow. For details on the extraordinary technology in the new generation of SL, click here.

  • Displacement 5980 cc
  • Bore x stroke 82.6 x 93.0 mm
  • Compression ratio 9.0:1
  • Output 463 kW(630 hp) at 4800-5400 rpm
  • Max. torque 1000 Nm at 2300-4300 rpm*
  • Vehicle weight acc. to EC 1950 kg
  • Fuel consumption, NEDC combined 11.6 l/100 km
  • CO2 emissions 270 g/km
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62mph) 4.0 seconds
  • Top speed 250 km/h*

Standard Equipment

  • Active Parking Assist incl. PARKTRONIC
  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system
  • COMAND Online with 6-disc DVD changer
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Frontbass
  • Remote-unlocking boot lid incl. power closing for boot lid
  • Intelligent Light System ILS
  • KEYLESS-GO Convenience package (incl. remote-closing boot lid and HANDS-FREE ACCESS system)
  • Convenience telephony
  • NECK-PRO head restraintsPanoramic vario-roof
  • PRE-SAFE® system
  • Door power closing
Mercedes-Benz SL-Klasse, SL 65 AMG ; Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, SL 65 AMG;

We love the new SL65 but are not quite sure what we would do with it.

roy spencer/editor mercedesheritage.
photography/daimler ag

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