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The use of an all-aluminum body-in-white delivers a drastic weight reduction
as the MY13 SL65 AMG is 254 pounds lighter than before. The distinctive front
end is dominated by the new "twin-blade" grille with two blade-shaped fins and
the lower horizontal bar in the front skirt in high-gloss chrome.
The SL65 AMG joins the SL550 roadster and the SL63 AMG roadster. The SL550 has a
starting retail price of $106,375 and arrives in U.S. Mercedes-Benz dealerships
in May. The SL63 AMG arrives in July.
"The combination of exclusive V12 dynamics and cultivated roadster pleasure was
already unique in the previous model. We are certain that, with the new SL65
AMG, we have developed a stunning high-performance automobile beyond compare for
a small, but loyal fan base," says Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
The intelligent lightweight design of the bodyshell also contributes to the
reduction of fuel consumption. A key element in the improved fuel efficiency is
the result of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7-Speed transmission, the ECO stop/start
function, and improvements to the internal efficiency of the engine and
alternator management. Despite a considerable improvement in fuel economy, the
peak output of the AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine is up from 604 hp to 621 hp.
The maximum torque stands at a mighty 738 lb-ft.
This unparalleled output provides amazing propulsion for the new SL65 AMG -
acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds. Top speed in the U.S. market
stands at 186 mph. The key attributes of the AMG biturbo twelve-cylinder include
its heart stopping acceleration, and seamless power delivery combined with a
distinctive AMG V12 soundtrack. In short, the SL65 AMG captures the imagination
with its refined, stylish performance.
2013 MB SL65 AMG, rear view. Typical V12 features are not only the two chromed,
standalone dual end pipes of the AMG sports exhaust, but also the V12 BITURBO lettering
on the fenders and the titanium grey painted and polished 5-spoke AMG alloy wheels with
255/35 R19 tires on the front and 285/30 R19 on the rear.
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