2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: November 2012
Expected Pricing: $205,000 - $215,000
Announced at this year's New York International Auto Show was the top of the all-new 2013 SL-Class: the SL65 AMG 45th Anniversary Edition. Celebrating 45 years of the AMG performance brand, a mere 45 cars will be produced. The 2013 SL65 AMG will be powered by the AMG 6.0-liter V12 bi-turbo engine that cranks out a mind-blowing 630 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque.
The V12 is mated to a 7-Speed automatic transmission with shift paddles and four drive programs, including one for slightly better fuel economy, Sport, Sport Plus, and Manual. With its lightweight body, the SL65 AMG can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph, according to Mercedes-Benz.
Like the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG is built on an all-aluminum body shell that weighs 242 pounds less than the previous steel body in spite of slightly larger dimensions.
The 2013 SL65 AMG is expected to go on sale in November.
Before that, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG goes on sale, in July.
The two AMG cars are distinguished from the rest of the all-new SL-Class by a twin-blade grille, fins on the hood and wings, and LED daytime running lights. In addition, the exterior mirrors, spoiler lip and front apron get the carbon fiber treatment. Inside, the AMG models get power-adjustable AMG sports seats, a leather headliner, and AMG logos galore.
The retractable hardtop on the SL65 AMG uses special glass that can switch from clear to dark with the push of a button. When darkened, the tint helps to block out heat and sunlight. A new windshield cleaning system integrates washer jets into the wiper blade to help prevent spraying the cars around you on the freeway.
The SL65 AMG body is optimized for acoustics. Like all 2013 SL-Class models, the SL65 AMG incorporates what Mercedes dubs the Frontbass system, which employs spaces in the aluminum structures forward of the footwell as resonating chambers for the stereo speakers. The design also increases foot and elbow room.
The new 2013 SL-Class joins other vehicles in offering hands-free trunk-opening technology that allows anyone with the key fob to open the trunk lid with the swipe of a foot underneath the back of the car. Unlike others, however, the hands-free feature on the SL-Class closes the trunk lid as well. Also on the SL-Class is an active parking assist feature, which uses sensors to detect whether parking spaces are large enough and even helps the car parallel park itself.
Aerodynamic improvements in the new design not only reduce drag, but also offer a quieter ride, less wind in the cabin with the top down, and even less dirt buildup on the side windows, according to Mercedes-Benz.
The 2013 SL63 AMG will compete with the Jaguar XKR-S.
The outgoing 2012 SL63 AMG retailed for $140,440, not including destination charge, so we're guessing the new 2013 SL63 AMG will be priced around $150,000. We'd guess the SL65 AMG will retail for about $210,000. But those are guesses, we won't know until pricing is announced.