Mercedes has released the first details and images of the V12-powered SL 65 AMG ahead of its scheduled unveiling at the New York Auto Show next month.
The route of its personality is generated from AMG's 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine that generates 630 PS (463 kW / 621 hp) whilst peak torque is electronically limited to 1000Nm (737 lb-ft). It is paired with the new AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission system that has been developed with fuel efficiency in mind and has a choice of four different driver selectable modes: Efficiency (C), Sport (S), Sport plus (S+) and Manual (M).
The new SL 65 AMG features what is described as an intelligent lightweight construction that has knocked 170kg off the kerb weight and a similar theme is adopted on the upgraded AMG sports suspension. Mercedes has also highlighted the new electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering which adjusts in line with the suspension mode.
The new model is well capable of beating its predecessor if performance figures are to be believed. It accelerates from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 4 seconds until hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250kph (155mph). Fuel economy figures have also been shaved by 17% with 11.6 liters now required to travel 100km.
The 2013 SL 65 AMG is the first model to wear the new AMG brand face on its front fascia. It features a new "twin blade" radiator grille in high-sheen chrome with the Mercedes logo mounted on the center. The electrohydraulically operated vario-roof can be retracted in under 20 seconds.
The new 2013 Mercedes SL 65 AMG will launch in the German market in September with prices starting at 236,334 euros.