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2012 Mercedes SL-Class SL 63 AMG Roadster

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

(0 Stars)  Elegant, effortless top-down motoring.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The new SLS AMG roadster encroaches on the SL's territory, but that doesn't make this topless tourer any less fabulous. It is available in two flavors, the very fast SL550 and the effortless SL63 AMG with its 518-hp V-8. Both cars use a seven-speed automatic transmission, but the AMG car has a clutch in place of the usual torque converter to create the feel of sportier, snappier shifts. The optional AMG performance package raises the top speed to 186 mph and adds a limited-slip differential; larger, two-piece front brake rotors; and a track-focused tune for the Active Body Control system. Active Body Control is standard on all SLs and uses hydraulic cylinders to continuously tweak the suspension and eliminate any trace of unwanted body motions. Unfortunately, electronic brakes greatly reduce pedal feel, and the SL550's variable-ratio steering does it no favors. Still, SLs are well-built, comfortable cruisers with stunning performance capabilities--especially given their heft. Standard equipment on the convertibles includes a panoramic roof, parking sensors, and Airscarf, which titillates the back of your neck with warm air for comfortable cold-weather, top-down cruising. For an extra $2010, the folding hard top can be fitted with a panoramic glass panel that lets the sunlight in even when it's too cold to lower the roof.

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2012 SL 63 AMG Roadster Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 6.2L V 8 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 12 MPG city, 19 MPG highway, 14 MPG combined and 296 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.1gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 518 hp @ 6,800 rpm; 465 ft lb of torque @ 5,200 rpm

'12 Mercedes SL 63 AMG Roadster Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Knee Air Bag
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Fog Lights
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Front Ventilated Seats
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Massaging Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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DVD Entertainment
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Suspension  
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
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Voice Activated Controls
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