2013 Mercedes SL 65 AMG revealed

2013 Mercedes SL 65 AMG
2013 Mercedes SL 65 AMG

Mercedes has released the first details and images of the V12-powered SL 65 AMG ahead of its scheduled unveiling at the New York Auto Show next month.

The route of its personality is generated from AMG's 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine that generates 630 PS (463 kW / 621 hp) whilst peak torque is electronically limited to 1000Nm (737 lb-ft). It is paired with the new AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic transmission system that has been developed with fuel efficiency in mind and has a choice of four different driver selectable modes: Efficiency (C), Sport (S), Sport plus (S+) and Manual (M).

The new SL 65 AMG features what is described as an intelligent lightweight construction that has knocked 170kg off the kerb weight and a similar theme is adopted on the upgraded AMG sports suspension. Mercedes has also highlighted the new electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering which adjusts in line with the suspension mode.

The new model is well capable of beating its predecessor if performance figures are to be believed. It accelerates from 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 4 seconds until hitting an electronically limited top speed of 250kph (155mph). Fuel economy figures have also been shaved by 17% with 11.6 liters now required to travel 100km.

The 2013 SL 65 AMG is the first model to wear the new AMG brand face on its front fascia. It features a new "twin blade" radiator grille in high-sheen chrome with the Mercedes logo mounted on the center. The electrohydraulically operated vario-roof can be retracted in under 20 seconds.

The new 2013 Mercedes SL 65 AMG will launch in the German market in September with prices starting at 236,334 euros.


Mercedes-AMG is embarking on the 2012 roadster season in inimitably dynamic style: following on from the recent launch of the SL 63 AMG, the top eight-cylinder model, there now comes the presentation of the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG, the V12 roadster in the line-up from the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. The AMG 6.0-litre V12 "biturbo" (twin-turbocharged) engine develops a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) and maximum torque of 1000 newton metres. The result: exceptional performance, impressive power delivery and effortlessly superior dynamics. As with the SLS AMG super sports car, the use of an all-aluminium bodyshell results in a drastic reduction in weight. The new SL 65 AMG is some 170 kilograms lighter than before. The expressive front section is dominated by the new "twin blade" radiator grille and the front apron's lower cross strut in high-sheen chrome.

"The combination of exclusive V12 dynamic performance and a refined roadster driving experience was already the defining attribute of the predecessor model. We are convinced that, with the new SL 65 AMG, we have developed an incomparably exciting high-performance vehicle for the small, but loyal community of fans", says Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

An important aspect of the new model is the intelligent lightweight construction which also contributes to reducing the fuel consumption. At 11.6 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined) it represents a saving of 2.4 litres or 17 percent compared with the previous SL 65 AMG and simultaneously establishes a new benchmark in the twelve-cylinder petrol engine segment. A major role in the reduced fuel consumption figures is played by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission, the ECO start/stop function, in-engine measures to optimise efficiency and alternator management. Despite the significantly reduced fuel consumption, the maximum output of the AMG V12 6-litre biturbo engine is up from 450 kW (612 hp) to 463 kW (630 hp). The maximum torque is 1000 newton metres.

The unrivalled performance figures of the new SL 65 AMG translate into an exceptional driving experience: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 4 seconds with the 200 km/h mark attained after just 11.8 seconds. The top speed is 250 km/h (electronically limited). As well as offering stunning acceleration, the AMG twelve-cylinder biturbo engine impresses with its smooth running characteristics and its distinctive AMG V12 sound. It is a performance that reconciles effortless superiority and stylishness to perfection.

The key data at a glance:




5980 cc

Bore x stroke

82.6 x 93.0 mm

Compression ratio



463 kW
(630 hp) at 4800-5400 rpm

Max. torque

1000 Nm
at 2300-4300 rpm*

Vehicle weight acc. to EC

1950 kg

Fuel consumption, NEDC combined

11.6 l/100 km

CO2 emissions

270 g/km

Efficiency class


Acceleration 0-100 km/h

4.0 seconds

Top speed

250 km/h*

* electronically limited

AMG 6-litre V12 biturbo engine with new technology

The AMG 6-litre V12 biturbo engine with the designation M 279 is based on the M 275 engine used previously and has been comprehensively revised for the new SL 65 AMG. New exhaust gas turbochargers with an increased spiral cross-section, new manifolds and wastegate ducts with optimised flow characteristics increase the engine output by 13 kW (18 hp). The multi-spark ignition with twelve double ignition coils not only results in smoother running, but also enables even more effective combustion in combination with a new engine management system with higher performance and optimised cylinder heads. The resulting reduction in exhaust emissions is also due to a large extent to the optimised catalytic converter system. The newly developed AMG sports exhaust system, which has a pipe layout with enhanced flow characteristics, is 3.2 kilograms lighter as a result of a reduction in the wall thickness.

But it is not just the inner qualities of the AMG 6-litre V12 biturbo engine that impress. The powerplant's looks are as inspiring as its performance: the high-quality carbon-fibre and aluminium engine cover reflects the exceptional character of the powerful twelve-cylinder unit.


For the first time AMG has combined the 6-litre V12 biturbo engine with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G TRONIC. The seven-speed automatic transmission with its wide gear ratio spread enables a significantly lower engine speed and helps to reduce fuel consumption. A new fuel economy torque converter, bearings designed for reduced friction loss and the transmission-oil thermal management system are responsible for a further increase in the efficiency of the power transmission system.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G TRONIC has four different driving modes – Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S), Sport plus (S+) and Manual (M) – which can be selected at the push of a button on the centre console. In "C" mode the ECO start/stop function is permanently active. The compelling, dynamic character of the driving experience is made all the more vivid by the automatic double-declutching function during downshifts and through the brief, precisely defined interruption of ignition and fuel injection during upshifts under full load; the latter functionality has the additional benefit of reducing the shift times.

Intelligent lightweight construction with all-aluminium bodyshell and carbon fibre

Compared with the predecessor model's steel design, the all-aluminium bodyshell of the new SL 65 AMG delivers a significant weight saving of around 110 kilograms as well as superior rigidity, safety and comfort. Intelligent lightweight construction also means that the components have been optimised in line with their specific purpose. Various types of processing are used for the aluminium components, for instance, which are produced as permanent mould castings or vacuum die castings before being processed into extruded sections or used in the form of sheet aluminium with varying wall thicknesses. The result is high rigidity, high safety and improved vibration characteristics. For the cover behind the tank, the designers use even lighter magnesium material in certain areas. High-strength steel tubes are integrated into the A-pillars for safety reasons.

The boot lid helps to further trim the weight. For the first time on a volume-produced model, the inner support is made from lightweight carbon-fibre composite. The extremely rigid carbon-fibre component is bonded to the plastic outer shell, resulting in a weight saving of five kilograms compared with a conventional boot lid – an innovative solution that is being pioneered with the AMG SL models. This raft of innovative lightweight-design measures means that, at an EC kerb weight of 1950 kilograms, the new SL 65 AMG is 170 kilograms lighter than the model it replaces.

AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control

Mercedes-AMG also makes systematic use of lightweight construction principles for the suspension. The steering knuckles and spring links of the 4-link front suspension and almost all of the multi-link independent rear suspension components are made of aluminium. Both the vehicle's handling agility and the response of the spring and damper components are enhanced by the reduction in unsprung masses. Like the predecessor model, the new SL 65 AMG is equipped as standard with the ABC active suspension system. The AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control fitted in the eight-cylinder SL 63 AMG has been enhanced and its setup optimised for this new top-of-the-range model.

Driving dynamics and performance were the key objectives during the design, development and testing phases. It is possible to choose between two suspension settings at the touch of a button: distinctly sporty characteristics with reduced roll angles and firm body damping ("Sport") or a mode for high comfort on long journeys ("Comfort"). More negative camber on both axles and fully revised elastokinematics result in greater agility and faster cornering speeds.

New electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering

Equipped with the newly developed electro-mechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, the V12 top model impresses with high dynamic qualities and eloquent feedback at the critical limits. The steering has a constant, more direct ratio and variable power assistance which adjusts in line with the suspension mode. Further standard equipment includes 3-stage ESP®, a speciality exclusive to AMG with "SPORT Handling" mode for particularly keen drivers, and an AMG rear axle differential which helps ensure that the phenomenal engine output is put down on the road as effectively as possible.

All the qualities expected of an AMG high-performance braking system – excellent deceleration characteristics, optimum sensitivity and high resistance to fading – are delivered to perfection by the newly developed brake system of the SL 65 AMG. It features 390 x 36 mm compound discs with six-piston fixed callipers at the front and 360 x 26 mm integral discs with single-piston sliding callipers at the rear. An electric parking brake is fitted as standard. Red-painted callipers, as well as the even more powerful weight-optimised AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system as seen on the SLS AMG, are available from the AMG Performance Studio as options.

New AMG brand face with two blade-like louvres

The new SL 65 AMG lives up to its stylish and exclusive high-performance roadster claim not only with its engineering but through its looks, too. The SL 65 AMG is the first model to feature the new AMG brand face. The two elements which dominate the form – the radiator grille and the lower cooling air intake – are retained but in reinterpreted form which gives them a more distinctive identity in terms of dynamism and the sense of perceived value they convey. The central styling feature is the new "twin blade" radiator grille in high-sheen chrome. The Mercedes star is mounted on two blade-like louvres whose profile recalls that of an aircraft wing. The more pronounced V-shape of the radiator grille optimises the longitudinal proportions of the vehicle and so adds even greater visual emphasis to the attributes of aerodynamics and purism.

Below the "twin blade" radiator grille, the stylised "A", a characteristic feature of AMG vehicles, is retained. A gap formed below a fine black fin at the lower edge of the cooling air opening allows an optimum airflow over the cooling modules – a perfect combination of aesthetics and high technology. The lower cross strut in the front apron is finished in high-sheen chrome and is given a perceived sense of depth by the gap above it – a distinctive note which adds the perfect finishing touch to the front of the vehicle. The "twin blade" radiator grille and lower cross strut are the two complementary styling elements which underline the new AMG brand face – a look which will be picked up by the styling of future AMG models and so further increase the recognition value of the AMG performance brand.

The V12 top model is distinguished from the SL 63 AMG through the strategic use of high-sheen chrome highlights: along with the "twin blade" radiator grille and the lower cross strut, the surrounds of the special AMG daytime running lamps as well as the fins on the bonnet and the side of the wings have the same finish. Further characteristic AMG styling cues to be found on the SL 65 AMG include the front apron with large openings for the engine oil, water, charge air and transmission oil coolers, the specially shaped side sill panels, the AMG spoiler lip and the diffuser-look rear apron with a vehicle-colour insert.

In addition to the two special chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system, the characteristic V12 features include the "V12 BITURBO" legend on the front wings and the AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish and equipped with 255/35 R 19 and 285/30 R 19 tyres at front and rear respectively. AMG multi-spoke forged light-alloy wheels from the AMG Performance Studio with 255/35 R 19 front tyres and 285/30 R 20 rear tyres reduce the unsprung masses. The forged wheels are also available in matt black with a high-sheen rim flange.

Vario-roof: MAGIC SKY CONTROL as an option

The sixth-generation SL retains the electrohydraulically operated vario-roof which can be retracted to save space, enabling the SL 65 AMG to be transformed into a roadster or a coupé, as the mood takes the driver and depending on the weather, in under 20 seconds. In contrast to the predecessor model, there are two versions to choose from for the new SL: the panoramic vario-roof or the unique panoramic vario-roof with MAGIC SKY CONTROL. The transparency of the latter can be switched to light or dark at the push of a button.

Interior: a feast for all the senses

Inside, too, the SL 65 AMG has exclusive design and equipment features which differentiate it from its eight-cylinder sister model. The electrically adjustable AMG sports seats with single or two-tone upholstery in Exclusive nappa leather with a special AMG diamond pattern are a particular highlight. This distinctive upholstery is also to be found on the door centre panels. Embossed AMG emblems on the seat backrests are standard, as are AIRSCARF neck-level heating, multicontour functionality, seat memory and climatised seats. The designo headlining in leather with partial AMG V12 diamond-design quilting provides the perfect visual and tactile finishing touch.

The design of the cockpit recalls the SLS AMG: the four air vents styled like jet engines, the E-SELECT lever and the AMG DRIVE UNIT are all reminiscent of the super sports car's styling. The choice of exquisite materials and the first-class workmanship which characterise the interior of the SL 65 AMG indulge all the senses. Highlights include the AMG carbon-fibre trim elements, the IWC-design analogue clock, the chromed AMG door sill panels illuminated in white and the AMG Performance steering wheel which is embellished by an AMG logo in the lower metal insert. A speedometer calibrated to 360 km/h in the AMG instrument cluster and the AMG start-up display with an exclusive AMG V12 BITURBO animation hint at the exceptionally dynamic performance of the SL 65 AMG.

The twelve-cylinder roadster has exclusive and comprehensive equipment and appointments to meet just about every requirement (selection):


  • Active Parking Assist incl. PARKTRONIC


  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system

  • COMAND Online with 6-disc DVD changer

  • Anti-theft alarm system

  • Frontbass

  • Remote-unlocking boot lid incl. power closing for boot lid

  • Intelligent Light System ILS

  • KEYLESS-GO Convenience package (incl. remote-closing boot lid and HANDS-FREE ACCESS system)

  • Convenience telephony


  • NECK-PRO head restraints

  • Panoramic vario-roof

  • PRE-SAFE® system

  • Door power closing

  • Automatic, pop-up roll-over bars for driver and front passenger

Even more individuality is possible with optional extras from the AMG Performance Studio:

  • AMG forged light-alloy wheels

  • AMG forged light-alloy wheels, painted matt black, rim flange with a high-sheen finish

  • AMG ceramic high-performance compound brake system

  • AMG Exterior Carbon package (cross strut in front apron, exterior mirror housings and spoiler lip in genuine carbon fibre)

  • AMG Performance Media with telemetry function

  • AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather/DINAMICA microfibre

  • Brake callipers, painted red

The designo range for the SL 65 AMG, available ex factory, offers a wealth of tailor-made individualisation options to cater for practically any requirement. As well as being able to choose between designo magno cashmere white and designo magno alanite grey matt paintwork or designo mocha black and designo graphite metallic paintwork, customers can also opt for an expressive designo zircon red paint finish. There is a range of Exclusive designo leather appointments in eight attractive colours to match these paint finishes. All rounded off perfectly by a choice of designo trim, headlining and seat-belt options.

One of the world's safest roadsters

A crash-optimised aluminium structure, standard-fit PRE-SAFE® system and assistance systems on a par with those of the S-Class make the SL one of the world's safest roadsters. The rigid aluminium bodyshell forms a robust occupant compartment as well as precisely defined deformation zones at the front and rear. If the vehicle rolls over, A-pillars made from a steel-aluminium material mix and two automatic roll-over bars help to protect the occupants.

The restraint systems, including two-stage driver and passenger airbags, have been further enhanced. A headbag covers much of the side head-impact area. An additional thorax airbag in the backrest can protect the upper body in the event of a side impact. Further new standard features for the SL include the Mercedes-Benz-developed NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints. An active bonnet and a front end with a large, yielding impact area help ensure pedestrian protection.

The market launch of the new Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG will take place in September 2012. The sales price in Germany (incl. 19% VAT) is:

SL 65 AMG: 236,334 euros

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herr_davidw herr_davidw
The ultimate statement
Mar 21st, 2012 12:52pm
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Wickedated Wickedated
I would take this over an SLS... ANYDAY! It's not "more money than sense" the fact is the SLS is a cheeseball, this is generations of fine-tuned SL's (AND you get a hardtop!). None of you are in the market for this type of segment so your commenting is ridiculous. Nobody buying this type of car cares if the SLS is 0.0004 seconds faster. This car is so classic! D-bags drive SLS. And yes, LEDs in front... it's called the future, guys. Cars evolved from halogens to Xenons and now it's LEDs. Proven fact they're safer. Let's not get all retro about new technology.
Mar 21st, 2012 7:17am
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schizo schizo
Well there are guys that want an SL...but don't want to drive an SL63 like all the other guys in LA. So there is a need for an SL65. Too bad LA doesn't have an Autobahn...
Mar 21st, 2012 6:34am
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moodyaaa moodyaaa
Do we need BMW 660 ?
Mar 21st, 2012 3:08am
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the king is back
Mar 20th, 2012 8:09pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
0-100kph in 4.0 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph, that's slow for a car with 621hp. It's still a car for people with more money then sense, it's a showoff's car only. The SLS is defenatley what you should buy if you want power and performance.
Mar 20th, 2012 5:04pm
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adz911 adz911
gotta consider weight, traction off the line, and how good the chassis is at putting down the power onto the road. Specifically, horsepower is only a measurement as to how well an engine can maintain momentum, torque is what determines acceleration.
Mar 20th, 2012 5:46pm
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ikky ikky
Horsepower determines acceleration. You need torque, when you are accelerating from low rpm`s.
Mar 20th, 2012 6:12pm
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adz911 adz911
Not strictly true ikky. Horsepower does have a bit to do with acceleration, but it's spread throughout the rev range. Best example of this would be a diesel engine because you can feel what's going on. peak torque in most diesels come as low as 2000rpm, while power is higher up in the rev range. If you rev it to the redline, you will notice that after about 4200 rpm, the engine runs out of puff, even though peak power is still a further 250 to 400rpm away. The power of the engine on the other hand makes sure than once the torque curve is exceeded, the car won't lose forward momentum while shifting gear. In most petrol cars it won't matter because torque is spread more evenly throughout the rev range, and because the peak power is usually above 4750rpm, the engines tractability is greater, although less efficient. Bit long winded but i hope u get what I'm saying. and if that doesn't help let a racing driver convince you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_khU2lWIZ0
Mar 20th, 2012 7:56pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
@adz911, the SLS does 0-100kph in 3.8 seconds with a 571hp V8. And yes I know the SL 65 in terms of weight is a heavier car. The only reason the 65 exists is bragging rites, an SL 63 is more then enough to play with. The 65 has a seriously high amount of power in a car that is only really designed to be a cruiser, but don't misunderstand me I've always considered the SL as one of my favorites I just don't think it needs to be turned into a muscle car.
Mar 20th, 2012 7:56pm
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adz911 adz911
CD, don't get me wrong mate, I wasn't coming down on you. Far from it. I was merely trying to explain why that level of performance with regard to the hp. ANd I do agree, the SLS is better if looking for out and out thrills. I love the SL myself (although this iteration took some getting used to)
Mar 20th, 2012 7:58pm
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ikky ikky
@adz911 no offense to you. i just wanted to say that power is a function of engine speed and torque. That is a physicall law. Diesel engines have much higher torques than lets say a Porsche Gt3 but they dont accelerate better. In Gear acceleration from low rpms is good because, when you have lots of torques in the low range you also get power. The Porsche however has to rev high to get all the power. So the Porsche driver has to shift more to stay ahead.
Mar 20th, 2012 10:19pm
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Ratt Ratt
God I hate those LEDs on every single car today, anyway looks good, I'm a more M6 kind of guy but luv this one also
Mar 20th, 2012 4:40pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
LED running lights look a heck of a lot better then having your headlights used as daytime running lights. They actually add style rather then looking like you forgot to turn off your headlights.
Mar 20th, 2012 4:50pm
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Ratt Ratt
They are useful, but I don't think they look good on every car like this one, it would be much more brutal with just air intakes, my opinion
Mar 20th, 2012 5:14pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
@Ratt, I like them when they are well intergraded into a cars headlights and are part of the design rather then simply being lights that are on. But I do agree that in this case they do look like they were added just to bling up the front end, they aren't really worked into the design.
Mar 20th, 2012 5:47pm
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adz911 adz911
Am i right in thinking that the front doesn't look as flat anymore? Either way, although I did not like this car when the "normal" version was revealed, I'm warming up quite nicely to the AMG.
Mar 20th, 2012 3:25pm
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Even with its high price tag all 65 models from S, CL and SL classes sells very well in the UAE. I love this car and it's faster than the SLS. Stuning car! Now we are waiting for the G65 monster to be revealed.
Mar 20th, 2012 2:35pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
SLS AMG goes 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds or less, that's faster than this car's 4 seconds. Not to mention that the engine in SLS is smaller and lighter, which helps handling and breaking.
Mar 20th, 2012 8:05pm
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Roken Roken
Sir, it's no where near as fast as either SLS versions.
Mar 20th, 2012 8:31pm
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nporet nporet
Most of them in the UAE are 350 or 500 with body only modifications and not real 65. Next time you see one look at the breaks (NOT AMG 99% of the time)
Mar 21st, 2012 9:14am
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Mikeado Mikeado
I thought they axed the old SL65 because of low sales and stuff? Maybe they're going to sell this to the same people that bought the old one? Either way, nice to see it back!
Mar 20th, 2012 2:00pm
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Swifty Swifty
gorgeous car the price is WOOOW...SLS is 240k € in our country so this would be 300k...that is a prevoius SL65 AMG Black Series close teritory! anyway EPIC car!
Mar 20th, 2012 12:43pm
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mechamynd mechamynd
OMG, pricier than the sls amg roadster (195.160 euros in germany)
Mar 20th, 2012 12:14pm
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Roken Roken
Indeed, I'd have the Roadster over this and keep the change.
Mar 20th, 2012 12:50pm
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kimbo kimbo
lol, haven't realized that SLS Roadster is so much cheaper until I read you comment. Seems like it's an obvious choice over the SL 65
Mar 20th, 2012 3:30pm
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Alkke Alkke
Finally a sevenspeed gearbox, the old five was badly old-fashioned in it's class
Mar 20th, 2012 12:08pm
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Alkke Alkke
and the interior, my god it's beautiful
Mar 20th, 2012 12:11pm
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