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author photo by Jeffrey Archer February 2012
  • Subtle interior and exterior updates.
  • Standard 530 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.
  • Likely to arrive in dealers later this year.

After Mercedes unveiled its all-new SL-Class last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, we knew it wouldn't be long before the automaker showed off the luxurious convertible's high-performance AMG version. Indeed, we weren't disappointed, as Mercedes recently pulled the cover off the new SL63 AMG ahead of the model's expected debut next month at the Geneva Auto Show.

On the outside, the new SL63 AMG features only subtle differences from the standard model. Designed to appeal to enthusiasts, revisions include a new, more aggressive front bumper, slightly lower ride height emphasized by new side skirts and an updated rear end that's distinguished by quad exhausts, a lower bumper, and a prominent rear diffuser. Interior changes are significantly more understated and include heavily bolstered seats and carbon fiber trim throughout.

While its design may be impressive, the SL63's main attraction is under the hood. That's because the sporty droptop features Mercedes' new 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8, which produces 530 horsepower and an eye-popping 590 pound-feet of torque in standard form. Buyers looking for even more juice, however, can upgrade to the maniacal AMG Performance Package, which tunes those already impressive figures even further to reach a brawny 557 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. According to Mercedes, SL63 models equipped with the upgraded Performance Package can reach 60 miles per hour from a standing stop in just 4.1 seconds on their way to an electronically limited top speed of 186 miles per hour.

But it's more than just a muscular engine that distinguishes the SL63 AMG from its workaday SL550 stablemate. According to Mercedes, the folding hardtop convertible also enhances the standard model's driving experience thanks to upgraded suspension designed to sharpen handling and enlarged brakes that boost stopping power. For even better performance, enthusiasts can again turn to the optional AMG Performance Package, which adds larger brake discs and carbon ceramic brake pads to improve the SL63's braking.

Although we expect to see the SL63 AMG later this year, Mercedes is remaining mum about the model's pricing. We expect the high-performance convertible to start around $145,000 before destination, while the optional AMG Performance Package will likely drive prices closer to $155,000 - or higher.

What it means to you: The SL63 will offer amazing performance and an elegant design to the select few who can afford it.

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