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Mercedes SL 65 AMG

With the arrival of the SLS Roadster it seemed that Mercedes were going to settle for the V8 AMG SL alone, but they surprised us in 2012 with a top of the range V12 powered SL65 AMG. It is a statement car with a price to match and although it may stand a little in the shadow of the SLS it is only marginally less expensive or powerful. It is on the other hand considerably more comfortable and luxurious to travel in. It is perhaps a bit more grown up than the SLS and owners are safe in the knowledge that nothing quite matches a 12 cylinder engine.

At some 170 kg lighter than the SL65 that came before it, the new flagship is even quicker and far more agile. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 6-litre V12 engine – an updated version of a Mercedes classic which is now more efficient than ever thanks to new manifolds and wastegates, optimised cylinder heads and a new ECU. Despite all this the dash from 0-62 mph comes in at just 2 tenths of a second faster than the old version.

Mercedes SL 65 AMG Details

Production dates2012-current
Length 4633 mm / 182 in
Width inc. mirrors 2099 mm / 83 in
Height 1300 mm / 51 in
Wheelbase 2585 mm / 102 in
Turning circle 11.1 m
Luggage capacity 364 litres / 12.85 cu ft
Fuel tank capacity 75 litres / 19.8 US gal
Warranty 3 years or unlimited miles
Service intervals 15,534 miles

Mercedes SL 65 AMG Specifications

Fuel type Unleaded Petrol
Engine type V12
Engine capacity 5980 cc
Power 621@4800 bhp
Power 630@4800 ps
Torque 737@2300-4300 lb.ft
Torque 1000@2300 nm
Transmission type 7-spd Auto
Kerb weight 1950 kg / 4299 lb
UK retail price from £170,815
UK insurance group 50

Mercedes SL 65 AMG Performance

Max speed (auto) 155 mph / 249 kph
0-60mph (auto) - seconds
0-100kmph (auto) 4 seconds

Mercedes SL 65 AMG Economy and Emissions

EU combined MPG (auto) 24.4 mpg
CO2 emissions (manual) 270 g/km

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