Meet the latest addition to the Mercedes-Benz SL lineup, the scorching Mercedes-AMG SL 63 S E Performance. If you thought the SL series was all about cruising in style, think again. This powerhouse combines the formidable 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine with the E Performance plug-in hybrid, delivering a jaw-dropping 805bhp and a torque-packing 1047lb ft. It’s not just numbers on paper; the SL 63 S E Performance rockets from 0 to 62mph in a mere 2.9 seconds and boasts a top speed of 197mph, making it the most potent and fastest Mercedes SL to date.
Under the hood, the 150kW rear electric motor provides an extra 201bhp kick to the rear wheels, harmonizing with a mechanical limited-slip differential. The fully variable AMG Performance 4MATIC+ all-wheel drive ensures optimal traction, intelligently redistributing power to the front wheels as needed. It’s not just a boulevardier; it’s a quarter-mile bruiser.
But let’s rewind a bit. Mercedes revamped the SL convertible in 2021, introducing a new platform, advanced technologies, and a return to the roots of grand touring prowess. As Philipp Schiemer, AMG boss, puts it, “AMG took over this car,” merging the sportiness of AMG with the comfort and luxury of a Mercedes-Benz. The goal? To echo the spirit of the original SL.
Initially available with two power outputs, the SL range included the SL 55 and SL 63, both featuring AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, all-wheel drive, and a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The SL 55 boasts 469bhp, while the hotter SL 63 cranks it up to 577bhp, hitting 62mph in just 3.6 seconds.
Now, enter the plug-in hybrid variants under the Mercedes-AMG E-Performance banner. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine joins forces with e-motors and a battery pack, emphasizing the SL’s grand touring credentials. With options like rear-wheel steering and AMG Active Ride Control, this new SL isn’t just about straight-line speed; it’s about precision and predictability.
Active aerodynamics, including the Airpanel system, a pop-out rear spoiler, and the innovative MSA platform, contribute to the SL’s dynamic prowess. The soft-top option not only enhances the roadster’s aesthetic appeal but also shaves off weight and complexity. And when it comes to tech, the SL takes inspiration from the S-Class, boasting a portrait infotainment setup with the latest MBUX functionality – described by Mercedes as ‘hyperanalogue’ for its minimal distraction.
In essence, the new Mercedes-AMG SL 63 S E Performance isn’t just a car; it’s a fusion of power, precision, and nostalgia, taking the SL back to its roots while propelling it into the future.