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A front hood with a large, single dome and a bold single-lamella grille
emphasize the width of the body and make a symbolic visual connection to the
famous 1954 300SL, while tightly-styled side mirrors reveal built-in
arrow-shaped turn signals.
At the rear, an air diffuser in the bumper
adds a motorsports touch, and trapezoidal exhaust tips emphasize its width and
suggest all the power on tap. The cockpit includes a three-spoke multi-function
steering wheel and an instrument cluster with eye-catching red tachometer and
speedometer needles that swing to the max position and back to zero whenever the
ignition is turned on.
Exclusive AMG Styling, Inside and Out
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz
SL63 AMG is distinguished by unique body styling, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels,
sports suspension and a high-performance brake system. A muscular front bumper
with large air intakes houses round fog lights ringed in chrome, and a "6.3 AMG"
badge marks each front fender.
Contoured side skirts carry the aggressive
lines of the front bumper to the rear, where an AMG rear apron incorporates a
larger air diffuser. A pair of twin tailpipes completes the exclusive look and
sound of the new models. Inside the SL63 AMG, drivers are greeted by an AMG
sport steering wheel with distinctive aluminum shift paddles and AMG
multi-contour leather sport seats finished in special vertical stitching.
SL63 AMG Features AMG-Designed V8
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63
AMG V8 boasts a wealth of exciting features derived from AMG's highly successful
racing efforts. Built almost completely from a high-strength silicon-aluminum
alloy, the 518 hp engine features four valves per cylinder, variable valve
timing, bucket-type cam followers (rather than rocker arms), and a variable
intake manifold. The cylinder bores feature a twinwire-arc-sprayed (TWAS)
coating, a new process that results in impressively low friction and running
surfaces that are twice as hard as conventional cast-iron cylinders.
Providing the direct feedback of a manual
transmission with the total convenience of an automatic, the award-winning
seven-speed MCT (for multi-clutch technology) with AMG SPEEDSHIFT made its debut
on the SL63 AMG. Featuring an innovative start-up clutch that replaces a
conventional torque converter and runs in an oil bath, the seven-speed MCT
transmission combines the direct connection of a manual gearbox with the
lightning-quick automatic gear shifts of a Formula 1 race car. Thanks to its low
rotational mass, the start-up clutch helps the transmission respond
instantaneously and dynamically with no slip.
With four shift modes and
an automatic rev-matching function, the MCT transmission offers impressive
versatility and even faster shift times. The SL63 AMG also includes a Race Start
feature, which helps maintain full-throttle acceleration and optimal traction
during motorsports competition.
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