2013 Mercedes-Benz SL receives AMG Sport models

Article by Christian A., on May 1, 2013

Mercedes-Benz decided to give some small cosmetic tweaks to the SL roadster and according to the official press release all these changes will be incorporated from June. The most significant changes will be seen on the SL350 and the SL500, because these models will now be sold as AMG Sport models.

As expected, the AMG Sport Pack consists of 19-inch, five-spoke AMG wheels, lowered suspension (10 mm) with revised dampers, a new AMG bodykit and new brake calipers. Inside, the vehicle will get a new steering wheel, perforated leather, AMG floor mats as well as Platinum White Pearl stitching. The new SL will also receive a new colour, Hyacinth Red, while the Polar White colour is offered as standard.

The new AMG Sport models will also be cheaper, despite the fact that they offer additional equipment. Moreover, the SL63 AMG will receive electric glass sunroof and Parktronic system. The SL65 AMG will not receive any changes. The SL350 AMG Sport will cost £69,960, while the SL500 AMG Sport will be available for £79,970. The SL63 AMG will cost £110,785.

Originally launched in 1952 as a racing car, the newest SL-Class from Mercedes-Benz is the sixth generation. As an SL model, it follows the unique tradition of becoming part of this period as an athlete that is an innovative trendsetter showing refined aesthetic and utility value that is truly exceptionally high. In addition, this new generation is expected to bring new meaning to the SL badge, which stands for “super-light.” What Mercedes-Benz did was to systematically lower the weight for the new generation. The body shell is made up entirely of aluminum, a first for a series production model. Unlike that of a body shell composed of sheet steel, an all-aluminum one is lighter by 110 kg.

Even if the new SL-Class is indeed lighter compared to the previous generations, it has more rigidity and thus clearly safer. In order to make this happen, the brand needed to implement a systematic intelligent material mix composed of aluminum and aluminum-alloy parts, all of which have been created to meet specific needs. These are then combined with some portions of magnesium and high-strength steel.

The use of aluminum for the body shell also made it possible to keep any weight saved even if the new SL-Class has more features fitted to it, compared to the previous versions, which allow for increased safety and more comfort. The new SL350 for example weighs 1,685 kg, lighter by 140 kg. Meanwhile the SL500 is lighter by 125 kg and weighs 1,785 kg. While the use of aluminum was indeed a major factor, it helped that Mercedes-Benz utilize a number of various intelligent details to ensure that the weight would be kept low. The figures do look good paper but worry not as they are just as impressive in practice.

By increasing both the lateral dynamics and the longitudinal dynamics, it made exceptional performance possible, especially when it comes to cornering. Meanwhile, the width of the track axle in the front was increased by 38 mm with the one in the rear experiencing a 77-mm increase. This enhances the handling and therefore allows it to be agile and sporty while making sure the vehicle is always safe.

Mercedes-Benz will be offering two engines for the new SL-Class which is the BlueDIRECT V6 engine and the BlueDIRECT V8 engine. For the former, it will be equipped in the SL350 and will deliver 306 hp (225 kW), up by 12% compared to the previous model. The latter meanwhile will be in the SL500 and can offer 435 hp (320 kW), again a 12% increase as well.

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