Mercedes SL65 AMG unveiled in New York

Mercedes’ 2013 SL65 AMG will have a twin-turbo V12 producing 621bhp and 738lb.ft of torque and will hit 60mph in less than four seconds, it has been revealed today.

Mercedes’ 2013 SL65 AMG will have a twin-turbo V12 producing 621bhp and 738lb.ft of torque and will hit 60mph in less than four seconds, it has been revealed today.

At the car’s official world premiere at the New York International Automobile Show, it was also confirmed that the new range-topping SL will be as much as 170kg lighter than the old model, following the trend recently set by the new V8 SL63 AMG and removing the equivalent weight of two stocky passengers.

The SL uses this combination of advanced turbocharging techniques and weight reduction to improve fuel economy and CO2 emissions significantly too. A 17% reduction in fuel usage is claimed.

Although some of the performance statistics don’t represent a huge leap up from the V8 model, Mercedes’ Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Joachim Schmidt, insisted that the SL65, which is likely to cost around £150,000, is more about prestige and exclusivity than it is about outright performance - although the initial claims place the V12 as much faster-accelerating than the V8 at autobahn-only speeds.

The SL65 will be visually set apart from the SL63 by the new AMG family face, which includes a twin horizontal bar arrangement across the middle of the grille either side of the large three-pointed star. ‘V12 BiTurbo’ badging will also feature on the front wings.

Provisions will be made for every safety gadget that Mercedes has to offer, although some will be optional extras. It will be available to order with a range of equipment and paint options, including matte finishes.

Mercedes is keen to highlight the next-generation COMAND Online system with even greater internet integration, allowing access to social media, web searches and the benefits of cloud computing. No expense will be spared.

There will also be a special limited edition of the SL65 celebrating 45 years of the model. Just 45 units will be made, all with an exclusive matte-finish ‘Exterior Carbon’ package and an as-yet unconfirmed higher price tag.