By Jay Khan, October 9, 2014
Model spec: Mercedes SL63 AMG Price: £139,000.00 Engine: 5.5-L, V8 Bi-Turbo
BHP / Torque: 564 / 900 Max Speed: 155 CO2: 231g/km 0-62mph: 4.2 seconds
Economy/Range: 28mpg combined Tax: £485/year
” The heart of the SL63 AMG isn’t the 5.5 litre, V8 Bi-Turbo engine, its the microprocessor which controls all that power so you can drive like Miss Daisy”My first taste of the SL 63 AMG Roadster was on MB World’s purpose built track where I attempted to master the car and the elements. I could go into detail about the engineering that guides this road going missile, but my time on track in the SL 63 revealed another side to this brutal machine. On the skid-pan section the instructor turned off all the driving aid’s ESP, Brake Assist, traction control suddenly, with a blip of throttle, all that pent up rage was released sideways and into a spin. This revealed that the CPU is the medication soothing the SL 63’s violent, rear wheel drive mood swings. Track time over I then headed out to the media car park and stepped into the Matte Black version of the car I had just driven for a quick blast around Surrey. With all the driver aids on, the SL 63 is easy to drive but the rage is always lurking ready to explode when required. Indeed the SL63 AMG Roadster is a forgiving car to drive, disguising its user’s true inabilities behind the wheel, for that rage is controlled and governed by the microprocessor, and this is where the true power lies not the 564 bhp.