Mercedes-AMG had decided to make big changes to their luxury cruiser for the 2017. The SL63 now seems to deliver true sporty capabilities without falling in the uncomfortable. After delivering a somehow-weak option, the German company decided to fix its flaws and make it a near-perfection sports car.
Strangely for a company like Mercedes-AMG, the SL had its problems in the past. Nothing to be upset about but when you drive a vehicle from this German maker, the expectations are quite high. The lesser flaw can be detected. Maybe it more our flow than theirs.
The reality is now the 2017 SL63 is better than always. One spectacular coupe for the ages. Let’s take a closer look.
The 2017 SL63 has no lack of power (it never has it, actually). This roadster packs a twin-turbocharged 32-valve 5.5 L V8 powerplant, which is totally capable of producing up to 577 horsepower at 5500 RPM and a peak torque of 664 lb-ft at 2250 RPM. The huge amount of torque generated will be handle by an AMG multi-plate 7-speed automated manual transmission. According to the maker, this beautiful roadster can go from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. The engine and exhaust roar wild, sparkling in our hearts.
With this new SL63 presentation, Mercedes-AMG is introducing the Active Body Control, which is a cutting-edge platform that is going to replace the old anti-roll bars on the suspension. As expected when we assume the German car maker wants to be at the vanguard, this Active Body Control analyses the road conditions in order to adapt properly. Also, this suspension platform makes a good job making feel the SL63 lighter that it really is. This vehicle weights around 3902 lb.
The vehicle will be offering four driving modes which will adapt the body, steering, and suspension according to a series of pre-sets. Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Race will create dynamism on the road, depending your mood. The steering suffers big changes with each one of these modes. Nevertheless, it’s still quick and responsive every single time. The cornering is outstanding as well.
Looks and Comfort
If you a looking for bold, brawny design without losing the elegance, the 2017 SL63 could be the way to go. At the end, this is still a proper Mercedes, so top-notch designing is included. The front fascia looks meaner than never. The wide air intake in the bumper accompanied by two more at the sides feed with enough air the twin-turbo powerplant. The huge three-point star catches the attention between the cutting-edge LED headlights that features small retouches.
As expected, we are going to have plenty of options for the wheels, both size and spokes. From a side, this roadster seems more athletic and aggressive than ever. The hood seems to have the perfect length and the side skirts have a subtle, sexy curviness. Black detailing is abundant, giving to the car the proper AMG touch.
The rear design is sexy and delivers an evil feeling. The LED taillights are the representation of a nightmare during the darkest night for your rivals on the track. In real world’s terms, that rival could be the outstanding Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster, by the way. Back to how the 2017 SL63 looks, the pair of twin square exhaust pipes inserted in the rear diffuser are sexy as hell.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 SL63 is another appreciated delivery from Mercedes-AMG, who wants to dominate in every segment where performance and luxury are mandatory. This is the proper example of quality and power working along to impress.
The price is estimated at US$150.000.