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Mercedes-Benz SL65

Broadcast dates : 12th June 2005
18th June 2005

The latest-generation SL shape has been around since 2001 and still it looks fresh. But itís in the details that the new SL 65 AMG really sets the juices a-flowing.

The hard-edged mesh grilles are SL 65 specific, as are the brutal quad tailpipes. And then thereís the improved air suspension, still with adjustable ride height.

The V12 is similar to the unit used in the S 600 flagship sedan, but with AMG deep tissue massaging, itís pumped to 450 kilowatts, and 1000 Newton metres of torque. And each engine is hand-built.

The black mesh detailing is carried through as a theme on the SL 65 on various parts of the body. Itís these subtle changes that denote its breeding.

That special aura carries through to the interior. Our test car was out-fitted with a stunning red leather interior.

The seats have an AMG-specific fluting and perforation pattern. Naturally they are electrically adjustable with a multi-contour function and seat heating.

The SL 65 gets a special AMG instrument cluster with, Alcantara surrounding trim, available either in metal or wood.

The steering wheel has gearshift buttons, while the integrated "infotainment" display includes navigation with DVD technology and high level audio.
This big steel-roofed roadster is not a supercar. Itís a Gran Turismo built for gobbling up the kilometers on the autobahn, where there are no speed limits.

And for this reason it comes with all the electronic driver-aids Ė or safety nets Ė as we sometimes call them.

The electric fold-away steel roof instantly turns the GT into a convertible, with the accent on cruising. And this is a car with a dual personality in more ways than one.

The Jekyll and Hyde nature of the Benz extends to dynamic areas too, such as the preferred transmission mode.

But letís not forget that 450 kiloWatts and 1000 Newton-metres of torque is always on tap at the prod of the accelerator pedal.

Here are the specs:
  • Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
  • Engine: V12 turbocharged, petrol, 5 980 cc
  • Power: 450 kW @ 4 800 rpm
  • Torque: 1 000 Nm @ 2 000 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed Automatic, rear-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 4,2 seconds
  • Top speed: 250 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 18,2 litres/100 km (estimated)
  • Price: R1, 750 000

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