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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG unveiled

February 22, 2012

The all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG has been revealed along side the new Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas F1 W03 race car. The normal SL-Class only just debuted at 2012 North American International Auto Show late last year.

Featuring the new 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the new SL 63 AMG produces 395kW of smacking power, and is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in 4.3 seconds. The new model will be available with AMG’s popular Performance Pack, which is able to do the sprint in 4.2 seconds using a 415kW uprated tune.

Assisting overall performance, Mercedes-Benz engineers have been working hard to reduce the flagship’s weight. The chassis is made from aluminium while various components are made from magnesium, resulting in 110kg shed from the outgoing model’s weight. Not only does this improve performance, it’s also helped the new SL AMG be 30 per cent more fuel efficient.

Official Australian combined fuel consumption figures are yet to be finalised, however, Euro figures convert to 9.9L/100km. Emissions are also reduced significantly from 328g of CO2/km to 231g/km.

As for styling upgrades over the normal SL-Class, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG comes with a light sprinkling of racy features. There’s a more aggressive front end with a lower chin spoiler, along with new air intakes and vents for the high performance brake package, including heat-extraction vents behind the front wheels. At the back there’s a new diffuser arrangement with quad exhaust pipes in true AMG fashion.

Pricing and further details of the new model are expected to be released in the lead up to the launch of the normal SL-Class, around the middle of the year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.