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Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG – on sale now

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Mercedes-Benz has recently given its SL-Class premium roadster a second major revision.

Linked to that revision was the addition of the SL63 AMG, the slightly tamer sibling of its twin- turbocharged SL65 AMG.

Any AMG variant is a plaything for the wealthy.

Buyers will be expecting the best, and they won’t be disappointed.

The 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine sounds and pulls just like it should, and the seven-speed multi-clutch AMG Speedshift transmission is superbly smooth.

The driver can select between four settings – comfort, sport, sport+ and manual – to suit their mood.

It’s a big car but it feels poised and secure, thanks to powerful brakes and AMG active sports suspension. The intervention of the ESP system can also be tailored to the mood.

To match its sporting prowess, the car has been given a new-look front apron. New exterior mirrors feature LED indicators and matt-silver panels on the front wings display 6.3 AMG lettering.

Other body styling includes the AMG sideskirts and rear apron, two chromed twin exhausts and spoiler lip on the boot.

The options list includes an £8,230 performance pack with suspension tweaks and a limited-slip differential, or a £2,230 driver pack which de-restricts the top speed and includes a driver training course.

With the wealth of standard equipment and features that SL63 AMG has, it must be one of the ultimate toys for the rich.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

Specification

Price: £102,075
Engine: 6.2-litre: 518bhp@6,800rpm; 464lb ft@ 5,200rpm
Performance: 0-62mph 4.6sec; top speed 155mph (186mph unrestricted)
Transmission: 7-sp auto tiptronic
Efficiency: 20.3mpg, 330g/km CO2
CAP RV: 3yr/30k: 40%
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