(from Mercedes-Benz Press Release)
12-cylinder AMG biturbo engine, an output of 450 kW/612 hp and a maximum
torque of 1000 Nm – the new SL 65 AMG is the world's most powerful and
highest-torque series-produced roadster. The open-top two-seater not
only maintains Mercedes-AMG’s impressive V12 tradition; it also offers a
level of per-formance previously unheard of in this engine size class:
the SL 65 AMG acceler-ates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and passes
the 200 km/h mark after just 12.9 seconds; its top speed is 250 km/h
With its modified AMG sports suspension, mechanical differential lock
and newly developed AMG high-performance brake system with composite
discs, front and rear, the ultra-powerful high-performance Roadster's
dynamic handling is certainly impressive. And the exclusive standard
equipment on-board this open-top dream car underlines the technological
ambition behind it. The new AMG V12 flagship model extends the number of
SL-Class engine versions to five. The market launch of the SL 65 AMG is
scheduled for June 2004.
Much of the credit for the AMG 6.0-litre V12 engine's extraordinary
performance must go to the biturbo system, which features larger
turbochargers and powerful water-type charge-air cooling. The remarkable
maximum torque of 1000 Nm remains constantly on tap between 2000 and
4000 rpm. The 570-Nm torque which the AMG V12 biturbo engine delivers to
the crankshaft at just 1000 rpm rises to 830 Nm 500 rpm later.
The AMG 12-cylinder is as ideally suited to powerful acceleration in the
highest engine speed range as it is to relaxed cruising in high gear.
Superbly responsive, yet smooth and refined, it guarantees the high
level of touring comfort traditionally associated with Mercedes.
Exciting high-tech features are revealed as soon as the bonnet is
opened. The redesigned engine cover, which is made from deep-drawn
aluminium and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) is a visual treat.
The 12-cylinder engine is assembled by hand at the AMG engine facility –
right next to the line where the supercharged AMG V8 for the
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is produced. The "one man, one engine"
philosophy is reflected by the characteristic signature plate on the AMG
V12 which bears the name of the specialist who assembled the engine and
guarantees the highest standards of quality and workmanship.
AMG SPEEDSHIFT with steering-wheel
controls and asymmetric differential lock
In the SL 65 AMG power is transmitted by
the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 5-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel
gearshift controls and manual mode. In keeping with the tremendous
levels of power and torque available, a number of measures have been
taken to optimise key transmission components – including the adoption
of newly developed clutch pack discs and modified shift and
torque-converter-lockup logic. There are also special drive shafts,
larger hub carriers and wheel bearings and special spring links at the
In the reinforced rear axle differential case, fitted with a heat sink,
is a mechanical, asymmetric, multiple-disc limited-slip differential
with a lock factor of 40 percent under load. This ensures good traction,
particularly with a very sporty driving style. With the modified
acceleration skid control system, which is equipped with traction logic,
the high engine output can always be optimally transmitted to the road.
ABC with AMG sports
suspension and new composite brake system
The SL 65 AMG is fitted as standard with
Active Body Control (ABC) and special AMG spring struts with firmer
damping. The driver can select an even sportier mode at the touch of a
button, reducing pitch and roll still further. Fully reworked dynamic
handling control systems such as ABS, Brake Assist, ASR and ESP®
(Electronic Stability Program) complete the enhanced chassis setup. In
order to cope with the high power output, there is a newly developed,
high-performance, composite brake system with 390 x 36 mm brake discs at
the front and 360 x 26 mm brake discs at the rear. Internally ventilated
cast-iron discs all round, with aluminium (front) and stainless steel
(rear) brake disc bowls ensure optimum deceleration and fade-resistance.
The SL 65 AMG is fitted, as are all other SL-Class Roadsters, with the
electrohydraulic high-pressure brake, SBC™ (Sensotronic Brake Control).
AMG bodystyling and
exclusive nappa leather appointments as standard
Where looks are concerned, the new AMG
V12 flagship model has several key features which set it apart from
other SL-Class models. The redesigned front apron, optimised in the wind
tunnel, has a striking contour which is based on the look of the Formula
1 Safety Car. The significantly larger air intakes ensure a reliable
supply of fresh air for water, engine oil and charge-air cooling; like
the rear apron and side skirts, it is part of the powerful AMG
bodystyling package, which blends harmoniously with the award-winning
design of the Mercedes Roadster. The independent, AMG-specific radiator
grille is another feature which sets this model apart.
Contact with the road is taken care of by multi-piece, 19-inch AMG
twin-spoke wheels, painted in titanium grey, with size 255/35 R 19 tyres
at the front and size 285/30 R 19 tyres at the rear. The chromed "V12
Biturbo" lettering on the front wings indicates the exceptional dynamic
qualities of this vehicle, while highlights at the rear include the
dark-tinted tail lights and the AMG sports exhaust with its two oval,
chromed twin tail-pipes. The new composition of the typical AMG, V12
sound provides a special acoustic charm, particularly when driving with
the vario-roof open.
Inside, the high-quality trim in fine wood or aluminium and the leather
appointments, available in three colours, exude an exclusive flair.
Electrically adjustable AMG sports seats with AMG-specific seat fluting
and perforation pattern, optimised lateral support, multicontour
function, memory and seat heating make every journey in the SL 65 AMG a
delight, whether it involves winding country roads or long-distance
motorway cruising. Further standard equipment in the SL 65 AMG includes
the AMG instrument cluster with its Alcantara surround, 360-km/h scale
and "V12 Biturbo" lettering, the AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel
with gearshift buttons, the door sill panels in etched and polished
aluminium with the AMG logo, the bi-xenon headlamps, COMAND with DVD
technology, the CD changer and the sound system.
The new SL 65 AMG will make its debut at Mercedes-Benz sales and service
outlets and dealerships from June 2004.