2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG hits the dealerships

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2012

Global deliveries of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG will start within the next few days. The range-topping exclusive V12 Roadster, which can deliver up to 463 kW (630 hp) and a torque of 1000 Nm, can also now be test-driven. Customers can choose not to sign up for the traditional vehicle delivery method at dealerships and authorised agents of Mercedes-Benz.

They may receive their SL 65 AMG direct from the AMG Customer Center in Affalterbach. The benefit of this method is that customers get an exclusive insight into the world of AMG. They also get to experience AMG’s outstanding customer care. At the center, a personal customer service attendant will greet them and they will be accommodated in the AMG Private Lounge which was opened in 2011.

The customers will then receive a tour of the plant. They will visit the AMG Performance Studio, where individual and one-off AMG vehicles are created and built by hand in few numbers. At the AMG engine production facility, customers get the chance to talk to engineers who built the V12 engine in their SL 65 AMG by hand, in keeping with the traditional philosophy of "one man, one engine.” Customers will get the new SL 65 AMG in the new 360 m2 delivery hall.

They will be treated to a comprehensive briefing on the new V12 Roadster’s technology and operation. Collecting the vehicle from the AMG Customer Center in Affalterbach is an option offered on all AMG high-performance vehicles in Germany.

The vehicles would already have a full tank of petrol upon receipt. The mighty AMG 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 11.8 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 250 km/h. Pricing for the SL65 AMG starts at 236,334 euros, while the SL65 AMG 45th Anniversary is priced at 272,034 euros!

Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG stays true to its promise of being a high-performing and classy roadster not just with its sophisticated engineering but with its stunning look as well. SL65 AMG earns the chance to highlight the AMG’s new brand frontage. The lower cooling air intake and the radiator grille remain as its most dominant aspect although these elements are redesigned to enhance their unique identity, dynamism and superior value.

The focus of the new design is the double-bladed radiator grille in polished chrome. The iconic Mercedes star is attached on louvres that resemble the arms of an aircraft. The V shape of the radiator grille is also made more prominent by highlighting the longitudinal lines of the car, thus accentuating its aerodynamic attributes.

Under the radiator grille, the bedazzled “A” is kept as a distinguishing characteristic of AMG cars. An opening that is created under a small black fin located at the lower portion of the air cooler hole enhances the airflow to the cooling components – an impeccable example of combining functionality and aesthetics.

The depressed cross strut in the anterior apron is built in polished chrome and looks deep with the gap on top of it – a unique element that augments the look of the face of the car. The lower cross strut and the radiator grille combine as a complementary design feature which shall emerge as AMG’s new identity – a design that will also be adopted in the new set of AMG cars and will promote the performance value of the brand.

There are many details that distinguish the V12 from the SL63 AMG. One particular distinction is the smart utilization of polished chrome highlights not only in the lower cross strut and the radiator grille but also in the surroundings of the daytime running lights, the fins, and the corner of the wings. Moreover, the SL65 AMG features large openings in the anterior apron which facilitates the entry for water and engine oil, among others. It also sports specially designed side sill panels, a diffuser-look rear apron, and a spoiler lip.

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