Some have mistakenly thrown around the name ’Shining Star’ a little too loosely for our liking, and as is often the case, the vehicles with that sparkling name almost always fail to deliver. This, however, is not the case with MR Car Design’s work on the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG. The name ’Shining Star’ fits the sports car almost perfectly.

As the latest work of the Erftstadt-based auto tuner, this particular SL65 comes with a number of exterior improvements, including a new carbon bonnet courtesy of its compatriot and tuner-at-arm, Kicherer. In addition to the SLR-inspired bonnet, MR Car Design lowered the SL65 AMG’s ride height by 30 mm while also putting in a new rear bumper, black fender lights at the front, a mid-mounted black brake light out in the back, a new sport exhaust system, and a set of 20" forged rims courtesy of yet another aftermarket brethren, Carlsson. As for the interior, not a lot of changes were done except for the installation of custom-made Black Series dial lenses.

Under its hood, the SL65 AMG also gets a little boost in performance, thanks to software adjustments done on the ECU that netted an improvement on the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine from its standard 604 horsepower and 748 lb/ft of torque to 683 horsepower and 819 lb/ft of torque.

Overall, there’s plenty to like about MR Car Design’s work on the SL65 AMG and for the first time in a long time, the ’Shining Star’ name is more than just a title.

  • 2008 Mercedes SL65 AMG Shining Star by MR Car Design
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    6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    683 horsepower
  • Torque @ RPM:
    819 lb/ft of torque
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  (502) posted on 05.23.2011

Well, this car would be the brand of the wealthy people in the society, So no wonder why it has a glamorous detailing. I’m so much concerned with the figure performance of this car its quite powerful compare to their previous model.

  (395) posted on 05.23.2011

Wow! I really love the SL series! Mercedes car would always have an appeal
of elegance . And I think the engine performance of the car makes it more awesome!
Thank goodness that they have used a more modern technology.

  (592) posted on 02.17.2011

I just cant see Mercedes as a sports car manufacturer. Maybe fast luxury but not sports car.I just want to know what kind of torque curve does the engine have what gear axle ratio’s what are slowing these Mercedes down? when you consider the power to weight the machines have they should be faster? an 11.1 1/4 mile seriously? shouldn’t this be in the low 10’s or 9’s with that much hp and torque.

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