Mercedes-AMG SL 63: testing the powerful dream roadster
A car as if drawn from the full. Luxury roadster, weighing just under two tons, V8 biturbo, 585 hp, nine-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, ceramic brakes, roll compensation, rear-axle steering, seat ventilation, massage and much more. But without hybrid, electric motor, charging cable, lithium-ion battery weighing tons and the like. Almost too good to be true.
The new SL has a great heritage
There is a lot of overtaking prestige in the design
The R 232 was, that’s new, completely developed by AMG. The design leaves no doubt about it, the SL has an imposing appearance. Wide open, AMG-typical Panamericana grille, narrow headlights, long bonnet, seats far back, flat, somewhat rounded rear again with narrow lights. At the back is the electrically extendable spoiler, which changes its position depending on the driving situation.
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Test car price (is evaluated)
The SL is actually more of a two-seater
It’s all the more comfortable in the first row, the tight multi-contour seats of the test car (in a package 7259 euros) can be adjusted in countless ways and offer ventilation, massage and a neck dryer. However, they are still not optimal – there is a lack of support in the shoulder area.
Almost everything fits in the workplace
You sit deep in the car, firmly adjusted between the door and the massive, high center console. The cockpit is built coherently and perfectly, the seams are finely drawn, details such as the illuminated ventilation nozzles in turbine optics are slightly playful. The instruments in the 12.3-inch instrument cluster can be configured in eight different layouts, all of which are beautiful and easy to read.
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Only the 11.9-inch, upright touchscreen in the middle doesn’t quite fit into the harmonious ensemble. Looks like it was added later. After all, it can be tilted by 30 degrees – this should improve readability when the roof is open and there is strong sunlight – it doesn’t always work either. Basically, the display provides a lot of information, always in a brilliant look, the menus are extremely extensive but well structured, and the smart and fast MBUX voice control is always in top form.
We will cry for the V8 at some point
AUTO BILD test score
Pleasant space in the front, narrow in the rear, small trunk. Soft top, high payload. Confusing.
Outstanding 4.0 liter V8, outstanding driving performance. Fast automatic. We gladly forgive the consumption.
Very good traction, agile chassis with roll compensation, direct all-wheel steering, top brakes.
Touchscreen with brilliant optics, MBUX system very good, augmented reality, mobile phone connection perfect.
Relatively large, high weight, high consumption. Loud outside noise.
Comfortable seats, suitable position, successful service. Adaptive chassis with hearty comfort.
Very high basic price, high maintenance costs. Annual maintenance, short guarantees.