Video: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG review by Chris Harris

Chris Harris recently had the opportunity to test out the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG in France, and has posted a neat video review. The new SL-Class is set to arrive in Australia during the third quarter of this year.

The new SL 63 AMG is a significant new model. It features the latest 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 engine offering good fuel economy (for a V8), with a combined rating of 9.9L/100km, while the overall weight of the car has been shed by an impressive 125kg.

Mercedes-Benz have managed to make the new model stronger and more rigid in the process. It weighs 1845kg all up, and with 395kW and 800Nm on board, the power-to-weight ratio is improved considerably over the outgoing model.

With the Performance Pack, as Harris describes, boost pressure is turned up from 1.0 bar, to 1.3, resulting in a whopping 415kW and 900Nm. Mercedes-Benz says 0-100km/h is available in just 4.3 and 4.2 seconds, with and without the Pack.

Pricing for the Australian market is yet to be finalised, however, the outgoing version sells for around $420,000. The AMG version is set to arrive along side the SL 65 twin-turbo V12 early next year, while the standard SL-Class will arrive later this year.

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Click play on the video below for a taste of what the twin-turbo is like on the road.

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. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.