GENEVA 2012: MERCEDES SL63 AMG AND A-CLASS
New twin-turbo V8 for range-topping hot SL roadster
Mercedes has given the range-topping AMG version of its latest SL roadster - the SL63 AMG - its public debut at the Geneva mtoor show.
But Mercedes is keen to stress that the R231-gen AMG SL is about trimming weight as well as adding power. The resultant 1,845kg SL63 is 125kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to an aluminium body that draws structural influence from the technology in the SLS. So despite being faster and more powerful than its predecessor, the new SL63 is up to 30 per cent more fuel efficient, equating to 28.5mpg on the combined cycle.
If you're feeling particularly sporty, you can also specify the optional AMG suspension pack and a locking rear diff. Transmission is to the rear wheels is Merc's Speedshift MCT seven-speed auto.
Prices have yet to be announced, but the SL63 AMG goes on sale in the UK this June.
For those of you with shallower pockets, Mercedes also unveiled the new A-Class, complete with its swoopy new hatchback looks (no echoes of miniature MPVs here). The new car also avoids the old 'sandwich' platform, where the engine was half under the passenger compartment, in favour of a more conventional hatchback layout.
Diesel powertrains include two 1.8-litre units and a 2.2-litre common-rail diesel with 170hp and 257lb ft.