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Mercedes-AMG SL 63: testing the powerful dream roadster

Maldives, Mauritius, Madeira – it’s amazing that many of our longing places start with M. Now there is one more: Mercedes. Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic+ to be exact.

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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.

Mercedes AMG SL 63 4Matic+

The SL carries the legacy of its predecessors on its shoulders. It is also the technical basis for the next AMG GT.


The new SL has a great heritage

Given its sometimes legendary ancestors, the new SL, R 232 series, carries a considerable burden on its shoulders. Not only is it intended to continue the SL series, the upcoming AMG GT – which will no longer be a roadster – will also use its technology, and in a way it will also replace the S-Class Cabrio.
Mercedes AMG SL 63 4Matic+

Large grille, narrow headlights, long bonnet: Anyone who sees the SL in the rear-view mirror knows that an athlete is coming.


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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4705/1915-2100**/1354mm


The SL now again has a foldable fabric roof that opens and closes in just under 15 seconds and up to 60 km/h – and reduces the weight by 21 kilograms compared to the metal folding roof of the predecessor. It is designed as a 2+2 seater, for the first time since the R 129 (1989 to 2001). The two very cramped places in the back should fit small people up to 1.50 meters.
Mercedes AMG SL 63 4Matic+

People up to 1.50 meters tall should also be able to sit in the back of the new SL. Given the narrowness in the rear, this is rather uncomfortable.


The SL is actually more of a two-seater

However, this only works if the legal guardians play along and move far forward. Two travelers use the niches better as an additional luggage rack, you can use it well, because with a maximum of 240 liters (with the roof closed) and 213 liters (open) not much fits into the luggage compartment.

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.

Mercedes AMG SL 63 4Matic+

The cockpit of the SL knows how to please. However, the large touchscreen seems somehow out of place, and the seats lack lateral support.

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.

Mercedes AMG SL 63 4Matic+

A gem from a combustion engine: The four-liter biturbo V8 mobilizes 585 hp and 800 Nm of torque.


We will cry for the V8 at some point

In the SL 63 4Matic+, the latest version of the well-known 4.0-liter V8 biturbo delivers 585 hp at 5500 rpm, and the maximum torque of 800 Nm is available from 2500 rpm. This V8, in the SL 63 with active engine mounts, is currently without any ifs and buts one of the best combustion engines ever, powerful and fast and with a fat sound. Just great fun. We will remember something like this for a long time in the dawning electronic age.
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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.


The test SL manages the standard sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, it breaks the 200 mark in 11.4 seconds and has a top speed of 315 km/h. Breathtaking values ​​all. You can see how the Mercedes-AMG drives in the picture gallery.

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Testing the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic+


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