The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. The designation, which means "Sport Light" or in German, Sport Leicht, first appeared on the 1954 300SL ’Gullwing’ so nicknamed because of its passenger doors which opened upwards.
The SL-Class is one of the most beautiful cars in Mercedes’ lineup this side of the SLS AMG, and the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG models are even more impressive yet. Unfortunately, their respective price tags of £110,785 ($172,292) and £168,285 ($261,716) in the UK make them pretty much out of reach for the average SL-Class buyer.
Well, if you can handle having most of the AMG show but only a tiny bit of its go on the 2013 SL-Class, then you will be thrilled with Mercedes’ latest announcement. Mercedes-Benz is releasing an AMG Sport variant of the 2013 SL-Class that buyers can base on either the SL 350 or SL 500 at a fraction of the “real” AMG’s price.
Much like the M Sport packages from Bimmer, the AMG Sport package is almost solely aesthetic, but there are a few small mechanical and handling updates to help out some.
Read more about the SL-Class AMG Sport after the jump
German aftermarket company, Vath, is no stranger to building some of the most desirable Mercedes programs in the market. The company has a portfolio of these models, including programs for the A-Class, the C63 AMG and the SLS AMG, among others.
Not one to be content with just fitting useless components on the SL63 AMG, Vath opted to use parts that would improve the sports car’s aerodynamic capabilities, beginning with a carbon front spoiler, a new rear diffuser with fins and a large underbody, and a rear lip that was also made from high-class carbon. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch, three-part forged rims with titanium-colored spokes to go with a high-performance brake system that features a 390 mm (15.35-inch) brake discs at the front axle with six-piston brake calipers, as well as Castrol SRF racing brake fluid and brake line kit.
The interior of the SL63 AMG was treated to a fancy carbon-black finish, all of which was exclusively handmade in Germany. Among the components finished in carbon black include the middle console, the front ashtray cover and two-part door stripes. From there, Vath gave the SL63 AMG’s sport steering wheel a leather treatment, while also replacing the speedometer with one that goes all the way up to 224 mph and adding aluminum pedals.
Under the hood of the SL63 AMG, Vath worked with a reprogrammed 5.5-liter V-8 Biturbo engine that shot the output of the sports car up to 780 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, a staggering increase from the standard model’s 537-horsepower and 590 pound-feet figures.
Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes SL63 AMG
Following up on their first Geneva offering, the McLaren MP4-12C Chimera, FAB Design has taken the covers off of its second Geneva program, this time for the Mercedes SL63 AMG Bayard. Following along the same lines of the mythical chimera, we’re venturing a guess that FAB Design’s use of “bayard” originates from the magical bay horse in European urban legend.
In any case, the SL63 AMG Bayard comes chock-full with a host of improvements that definitely fits FAB Design’s reputation as a premier aftermarket company. It describes the program as "haute couture for the road" so, the expectations for a completely tricked out program are already other.
To accomplish its goal of dressing up the SL-Class, FAB Design began by installing a new and more aggressive front spoiler that comes with enormous air intakes. The tuner also added a light, carbon-reinforced nose component that provides increased airflow to the sports car’s engine. Moving to the sides, FAB Design added side skirts that widened the SL by an impressive 70 mm (2.75 inches) on the front and 120 mm (4,72 inches) on the rear. Add in the new carbon rear spoiler and the integrated diffuser for improved handling and stability, as well as a new set of 20-inch three-piece Evolution Concarve aluminum wheels wrapped in Dunlop tires, and you have the makings of a really aggressive-looking SL63 AMG coupe.
Moving to what’s under the hood, FAB Design improved the SL63 AMG’s output, thanks to numerous engine tweaks that include a remapped ECU, a sports catalytic converter, and new exhaust tailpipes. With all these upgrades, the SL63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 engine now boasts of 630 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 653 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. After the upgrade, the SL63 AMG is now capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds with an estimated top speed of just under 200 mph.
FAB Design is only building 35 units of the Bayard program, which means that you better hurry if you want a piece of one!
Everybody’s gearing up for the Geneva Motor Show and it appears that Brabus is well ahead on the curve with the aftermarket releases.
With a lineup of vehicles scheduled to be in Geneva, Brabus has pulled the covers to one of them: the 800 Roadster.
It’s based on the Mercedes SL65 AMG and true to form, the program comes with a comprehensive list of upgrades. The carbon-fiber aero package features plenty of components, including a new front spoiler, a distinctive hood scoop, new fender vents, side skirts, a rear spoiler and a diffuser insert. Rounding the exterior upgrades off is a set of 20-inch Monoblock R ’Platinum Edition’ forged wheels wrapped in 255/30ZR and 305/25ZR tires.
Inside, the mods are pretty limited, although Brabus did do a splendid job jazzing up the cabin. The use of soft Mastik leather finished with quilted stitching on the seats, paneling and floor mats are wonderfully stylish, and adds a level of luxury to the car’s sporty and aggressive performance credentials.
Speaking of performance credentials, that’s where Brabus is all up in everybody’s grill. The tuner used its T65 RS engine conversion that includes remapped ECU software, new manifolds with integrated turbine housings, high-performance turbochargers, four water-to-air intercoolers and a stainless-steel exhaust system. That’s a whole lot of performance juice, Brabus! Good to know you’re still on the top of your game.
With the upgrades on the SL65 AMG’s 6-liter V-12 biturbo engine, the German tuner was able to increase the output of the sports roadster from 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque to a staggering 800 horsepower and 1,047 pound-feet of torque with 0-to100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 3.7 seconds, a 0-to-200 km/h (124 mph) time of 9.8 seconds, and most importantly, a top speed of 217 mph.
You probably already know that when it comes to whaling on cars, Chris Harris is our favorite. When compared to the guys over Top Gear, as he likes to have a little more fun behind the wheel and his reviews are always more interesting to watch – all due respect to the boys at Top Gear.
In his latest episode of his show, he put two amazing sports coupes — the BMW M6 and the Mercedes SL63 AMG — head to head. The two sports coupes deliver a combined output of about 1,100 horsepower (560 horsepower for the M6 coupe and 537 horsepower in the SL63 AMG) and, according to Harris, they "are the ultimate super-heated GT cars; fast enough to match a 911 Turbo, comfy enough to cruise a continent."
Watch the video to see which of the two sports car he considers being the best. Let us know if you agree with him!
It’s safe to say that major auto auctions like the recent one held by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona are always a spectacle. It’s a playground for the rich auto enthusiasts to flex their financial muscles in an active bidding competition among their brethren to see who among them can scoop up their desired models.
Last weekend’s auction saw some pretty interesting models crossing the block and, while we’ve written about the final selling price generated by a number of the models being auctioned, we haven’t gone into detail on some of the more interesting vehicles auctioned off during the weekend-long event.
So we’re going to do this through a list because that’s generally how you can enumerate the models and have a rank for them based on what vehicle they are and how much interest they generated in the form of frenzied bids.
Check out our list of interesting auctioned cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale after the jump.
Japanese tuning firm Abflug will have quite the presence at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. We’ve already seen its plans for the Toyota GT86, the Nissan GT-R, and the Lamborghini Murcielago.
For its fourth act, Abflug is taking a German route by building a program for the Mercedes SL-Class R230. Calling it the "Platinum" program, Abflug’s lineup of modifications for the previous generation SL-Class comes with aesthetic, aerodynamic and handling upgrades. No surprises there, considering that it’s always been one of the best in Japan at offering this aftermarket trifecta.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any performance mods, which is a bummer, but the sports car is still good for up to 316 horsepower. That’s plenty enough for us. Plus, the body kit it flat out wicked, so it’s worth it.
Beginning with the Platinum Aero kit, Abflug was able to install a slew of new components on the SL-Class, including a new front bumper, a cooling hood, a front over fender and aggressive side skirts. The door panels are also new, as is the rear bumper, rear upper spoiler, the rear over fender and the rear diffuser. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch Abflug Prism III wheels wrapped in Falken tires. No mention of interior enhancements, so don’t expect anything out-of-the-ordinary when you get inside.
Just so Abflug didn’t leave anything on the table, the Japanese tuning firm also put in some time improving the car’s shocks, and springs through a tie-up with European Taste. Also added in is an upgraded braking system from DIXCEL.
Press days for the Los Angeles Auto Show ended a few days ago and on December 1st, a new show opened in Europe: Essen Motor Show. For those that don’t know, Essen is basically a European version of SEMA. The German tuner, Lorisen, will arrive at Essen with a tuning kit based on the Mercedes SL500.
The tuner changed almost every aspect of the car and, of course, it started with the exterior. The aerodynamic kit includes a new grille and larger air inlets, new side skirts that make the SL look lower. The package continues with a flared front bumper, extended rear bumper, a rear deck lid spoiler and a built-in diffuser with the Lorinser sports exhaust’s four end pipes poking out of the diffuser’s cutouts. The car sits on a set of 20-inch light-alloy RSK8 wheels wrapped in 255/30R20 front tires and 295/25R20 rear tires.
Under the hood, the V-8 engine receives a reprogrammed ECU with increased bi-turbo boost that increases the power from the standard 435 horsepower to 530 horsepower and the torque up to an impressive 590 pound-feet. Also, the tuner removed the speed limiter so that now the SL500 can hit a top speed of 173 mph.
In order to make the car even more aggressive, Lorinser also installed lowering kit that can be controlled using a button on the steering wheel. For the interior the tuner is offering any desired combination made in aluminum, wood or carbon look.
Brabus will likely have the busiest stand at the Essen Motor Show. Here is yet another incredible tuning package launched by the German tuner. It is based on the Mercedes SL500 and will add plenty of extra pop its base engine, as well as exterior and interior upgrades.
Under the hood, Brabus installed 520 PowerXtra CGI module with plug-and-play design, an auxiliary water-to-air intercooler powered by an auxiliary electric pump and, of course, a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with four chrome-plated tailpipes.
As a result, the output has been increased from the standard 435 horsepower to 520 horsepower, while peak torque has been raised to 604 pound-feet. Brabus uninstalled the speed limiter and replaced it with a variable one that allows the customer to choose from a top speed of 155, 172 or 186 mph. This upgrade also allows the SL500 to launch from a stop to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
The exterior receives some significant updates, including new front fenders with side air vents, new side skirts and a new rear spoiler. Brabus also added a set of wheels, offered in four different sizes — 18, 19 and 20 inches — and in three designs, Monoblock F, Q or R wheels. The wheels have been combined with custom-tailored suspension components, which were designed in cooperation with Bilstein, and an electronic lowering module that can lower the car’s ride by 0.98 inches.
This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.
Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.
Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.
The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.
To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.