Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic Review by Auto Motor und Sport

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German journal  auto motor und sport  has examined the brand new Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic+ and listed here are their impressions.

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Distinctive agility 
The Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic+ is the highest of the SL vary and is powered by the M177 V8 bi-turbo engine with 585 HP and 800 Nm. Our colleagues at auto motor und sport have been impressed by the exceptional agility of this automobile that weighs 1904 kg. Within the slalom trial between the pylons positioned 18 m aside and the double lane change, the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic+ was as quick because the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster which is 200 kg lighter, 16 cm shorter and a pair of cm wider; 68.3 km/h within the slalom trial and 140.4 km/h within the double lane change.

This distinctive consequence was achieved through the use of all the newest drive practice applied sciences presently obtainable from Mercedes: all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution, integral steering (the rear wheels steer 2.5 levels in the other way to the entrance wheels at low speeds and 0.7 levels in the identical path to the entrance wheels at increased speeds), and AMG Energetic Experience Management suspension with energetic anti-roll bars operated by hydraulic somewhat than mechanical parts.

With 21-inch wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 4Matic+ handles decently on bumps regardless of a agency suspension as a result of the brand new SL is just not solely the successor to the previous SL era but in addition has to fill the hole left by the AMG GT Roadster. Solely on brief bumps does it reply just a little stiffly.

Solely common response of the engine at begin, exceptionally economical
In distinction, colleagues at auto motor und sport have been just a little dissatisfied by the response of the twin-turbo V8 engine that doesn’t profit from any gentle hybrid system. The shortage of electrical assist at begin and the 800 Nm of peak torque solely achieved at 2,500 rpm are the the explanation why the V8 engine doesn’t speed up too frantically. However how does it obtain the superb acceleration of solely 3.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h? With the Race Begin perform, which permits the engine to rev ahead, permitting it to blow up as quickly as you’re taking your foot off the brake.

Gasoline consumption is unbelievably low for this engine energy and efficiency figures. Underneath 10 l/100 km on the Eco check route utilized by auto motor und sport and 13.5 l/100 km common consumption. And talking of brakes. The non-obligatory ceramic disc brakes present a deceleration of 11.5 m/s2 which corresponds to extraordinarily brief braking distances: simply 33.8 m from 100 km/h and 56.8 m from 130 km/h.

No drift mode
Surprisingly, there is no such thing as a drift mode like on the AMG E 63. Mercedes-AMG says it doesn’t go well with the SL’s character. However there’s nonetheless Racetrack mode that disengage the help programs. The testers at auto motor und sport didn’t clearly perceive the positioning of the automobile both. What’s the function of the brand new SL? A pure sports activities automobile? A cushty high-tech convertible? Mercedes needed to shoot two birds with one stone and this isn’t really easy as a result of the necessities of a sports activities automobile and of a high-tech convertible are so totally different.

On the similar time, the return to the comfortable high roof suits very properly with custom however already from 100 km/h upwards there’s a wind noise within the higher space of the motive force’s window. Properly protected by the windscreen, it’s a pleasure to drive the brand new SL even with out the wind deflector which may be put in manually.

As for the inside, the rear seats provide too little room which is additional restricted in case you push again the entrance seats. And the rear backrest is in a really upright place, so solely youngsters can journey there. However colleagues at auto motor und sport assume that area is extra appropriate for baggage storage as a result of the SL can also be a long-range GT.

Conclusion

The SL is a munch higher sports activities automobile than earlier than. It’s a far more agile and the previous era is just not even shut. 

 

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