Introducing The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG
Having only recently unveiled their SL 63 AMG, Mercedes-AMG are already trumping it with this new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG.
It features an AMG 6.0-litre “biturbo” (twin-turbocharged) engine which develops a maximum output of 630 hp and a maximum torque of 1000 newton metres.
This results in what Mercedes describe as “exceptional performance, impressive power delivery and effortlessly superior dynamics.”
An all-aluminium bodyshell results in a drastic reduction in weight, adding to performance and achieving a 17% increase on fuel efficiency over its predecessor. This added efficiency is also partly achieved thanks to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission, the ECO start/stop-function, in-engine measures to optimise efficiency and alternator management.
Because people for some reason still believe that greener cars somehow sacrifice on performance, Mercedes will remind you that the maximum output of the AMG V12 6-litre biturbo engine has increased from 612 hp to 640 hp across models. So that's more power with less emissions. The future, then. Right there.
What's really enthralling though is the electronic vario-roof which allows for the SL 65 AMG to be transformed into a roadster or a coupé in less than 20 seconds. Or there's the enticing MAGIC SKY CONTROL feature which allows for a unique panoramic vario-roof setting which can be switched to light or dark at the push of a button.
In fact, the selected list alone of equipment and appointments reads like a be-all and end-all of aspirational modern motoring technology. My attention, though, is drawn particularly to the high-end surround sound achieved with the help of a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG system.
Apart from anything else, though, Mercedes believe their SL 65 AMG to be one of the world's safest roadsters. This is because the rigid aluminium bodyshell forms a robust occupant compartment as well as precisely defined deformation zones at the front and rear. And, should the vehicle roll over, A-pillars made from a steel-aluminium mix and two roll-over bars work together for your protection.
So it's light, fast, powerful and safe.
Again, the future right there.
The new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG will arrive in the UK in Autumn, 2012 with pricing and specifications yet to be confirmed.
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