Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG 

  • $69k built in Unknown
  • 2014
  • 415 HP 5.5L
  • 155 mph
The twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 remains as well, but it has been massaged to produce an extra 32 hp and 15 lb-ft of torque, bringing the total to 550 hp and 531 lb-ft.
by MotorTrend
Good weight balance helps the SL turn in neutral feel in tight esses, and just a nudge of the throttle liberates all that torque, and pulls a wide line closer to true.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG

Top speed

SL550
155 mph
911 Turbo
192 mph

1/4 mile

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG

Price

SL550
$69k
Ghost
$245k

Horsepower

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Performance

Great in sweeping turns and lightly undulating surfaces, the quick throttle, light and nonlinear steering, torque-adjusting brakes, and constantly adjusting shocks don't work as well during hotter performance runs.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
When upshifting manually, it's best to pull the paddle at least 500 RPM before the tach reaches redline or you'll be in the limiter.
by MotorTrend
Getting from 0 to 60 mph took a scant 3.5 seconds, and Torque Vader ran down the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds at 123.0 mph.
by MotorTrend

Powertrain

The mighty V12s that power the CL, S and now SL 65s are individually built on the top floor of AMG's engine facility alongside supercharged V8s for the SLR.
by EVO (Jul, 2004)
With a base price of $214,445, the 621-hp twin-turbo V-12 SL65 is the most expensive roadster in the Mercedes lineup, because, says Mercedes, some buyers simply want the top-shelf car that others can’t afford.
by Car and Driver (May, 2013)
Nevermind that it weighs 1950kg to the SL63’s 1845kg, that the V8 version uses the punchy MCT wet-clutch 7-speed automatic gearbox and the 65 has to make do with the more conventional torque-converter 7G-Tronic… And don’t mention that the SLS weighs 1620kg and uses a dual-clutch transmission.
by EVO (Apr, 2013)

Handling

The ride quality is better than its immediate predecessor and that car's body roll has been reigned in.
by MotorTrend
Long, low rises can set up bounding motions in the suspension, and body roll's never far away, but the same holds true for a base Jaguar XK or Maserati GranTurismo.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)
He continues: “A new, slightly quicker and constant-rate steering ratio helps control slides and enhances steering feel.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)

Engine

'It's the delivery,' he says, 'somehow turbos are more exciting than superchargers.
by EVO (Jul, 2004)
The twin turbos make for a lower 6,500-rpm redline, but the rumble is as good as what we've come to expect from anything wearing an AMG badge.
by AutoBlog (Feb, 2013)
Power delivery is absolutely linear, and even with the top down, the turbos can never be heard whistling while they work.
by Car and Driver (May, 2003)

Transmission

The auto 'box clutch- packs are uprated, as are the drive- shafts and hubs, and the beefed-up differential casing contains a clutch-type limited slip.
by EVO (Jul, 2004)
The most notable exception is the transmission, which is by normal standards very good but falls short of the best.
by MotorTrend
The AMG-exclusive seven-speed “MCT Speedshift” transmission replaces the torque converter with a wet starting clutch.
by Car and Driver (Sep, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Mercedes-Benz
Price $68,925
Type of car Production car
Year 2014
City mileage 19 MPG
Highway mileage 28 MPG

design

Body style Coupe
Top type Hard removable

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Automatic
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 7 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 4.38:1
  2. 2: 2.86:1
  3. 3: 1.92:1
  4. 4: 1.37:1
  5. 5: 1:1
  6. 6: 0.82:1
  7. 7: 0.73:1
Axle ratio 2.65:1
Paddle shifters N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Multi link, Independent
Rear suspension Multi link, Independent
Front brakes 15.39 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 14.21 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheels 235/40 18
Wheel material Alloy
Rear wheels 457/? 241
Wheel material Alloy

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile 17.3 s
0-60mph 9.95 s
0-200kph 11.8 s
Lateral acceleration 0.84 g

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 8.63 lb/hp
Maximum hp 415 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Maximum torque 590 ft-lb @ 2,000 RPM
Engine placement Front
Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.5 feet
Steering system Unknown

engine

Displacement 5,461 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 12.6:1
Bore/stroke 3.86 in / 3.56 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 3 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,583 lb
Width 82.6 in
Height 51.2 in
Length 163.2 in
Front track width 61 in
Ground clearance 4.4 in
Wheelbase 95.7 in
Has a rear spoiler Yes
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