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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 12, 2019


The SL Class of the Mercedes lineup comprises of luxurious and powerful convertibles with a blend of comfort and performance. With its performance division's steroid-infused Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster, the hardtop has evidently started to age; however it gracefully admits the same fact and perseveres.

Under the whopping $154,450 2019 Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster, the beat houses a mamooth 5.5L V8 Bi-turbo engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission that produces 577 horses and 664 pound feet of torque. It is a rear wheel driven hardtop with a host of advanced technology and features. Alongside the AMG engineering, the convertible is a quick and fast accelerating car with athletic comfortable driving dynamics. Its posh and plush seats compliment the luxurious cabin.

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Pros

Luxuriously wrapped cabin

Rapid acceleration

Nimble and spirited ride

Generous cargo space

Cons

Ageing design

Infotainment system better on rivals

What's New?

2019 AMG SL 63 continues unchanged from its previous iteration.



Styles

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Brilliant Blue Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Base

Base

power
577 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
18 combined

$154,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A) Starting at $154,450 MSRP (15/18/23) 577 hp @ 5500 rpm, 5.5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 2

Expert Review


In this review, Silver Arrow's AMG SL 63 goes up against the likes of the Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible and the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. Where does the Mercedes end? Read on to find out.

2019 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG front view
2019 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG front view
2019 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG rear view
2019 Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG rear view

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Features

The Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster comes in a single configuration with a standard 5.5L engine with 8-cylinders and is Twin Turbocharged. It is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and comes only in a rear wheel drive. The convertible comes with a power retractable hardtop that takes under 20 seconds to either fully fold or raise.

Offering a range of features in the sole trim, the SL 63 also comes with luxurious interiors along with leather seats and quality materials used in the cabin. Given below are some of the list of features offered in the hardtop 2-seater.

Trim

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

MSRP

$154,450

Key Features

Sun-reflecting AMG Nappa leather upholstery

 

AMG Performance Suspension based on ABC

 

Airscarf neck-level heater

 

Heated 16-way power seats with memory

 

KEYLESS-GO

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

Infrared-remote window and Hardtop operation

 

NECK-PRO front head restraints

 

SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial

 

Brake HOLD feature

 

Antitheft alarm system with remote panic feature

 

Electric trunk partition

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For a single trim, the Mercedes AMG SL 63 pretty much gets everything right. It offers performance, athletic driving dynamics, and an abundant list of features alongside safety tech alongside a robust performance, and should be enough to meet most, if not, all of your wants and needs.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Engine and Performance

“The 2019 SL-Class rides like a cruise ship but can be made into a speedboat—for a price.” -thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

Going unchanged for the 2019 iteration, the new SL 63 AMG comes with the tried-and-tested Bi-turbocharged 5.5L V8 under its hood that is married to a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Its Herculean powertrain propels the rear wheels of this hardtop and spurts out monstrous 577 horses and 664 pound feet of torque.

Floor the throttle and the SL 63 AMG Roadster is ever-ready in slamming you right back to your seat with its tremendous power and levels of torque. The engine together with bursts of pops and crackles sounds magnificent with the sonorous and powerful V8 and conjunct that with the dual-clutch transmission, driving the Roadster is refreshing, refined and feels smooth. However its transmission feels chunky when downshifting, making the manual mode as a more responsive option.

Its rivals sit with interesting numbers scattered around; the most powerful crown goes to the Chevrolet Corvette followed by the Silver Arrow and Jaguar F-Type. The Porsche 911 is placed as the least powerful amongst the competition.

Models

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

MSRP

$154,450

$126,845

$133,000

$125,400

Engine

5.5L V8 Bi-Turbo Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

Transmission

7-speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

7 speed manual

7-speed M/T

Horsepower

577 hp @ 5500 rpm

575 hp@ 6500rpm

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

755 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

664 ft-lbs @ 2250 rpm

516 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

405 @ 2150 rpm

715 hp @ 360000 rpm

Acceleration

The beast sat inside the convertible punches the AMG SL 63 from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds flat. While this is relatively swift and rapid for a convertible, all that mighty numbers doesn’t translate all that well compared to the rivals it competes against, placing it at the end of the list, a place it shares with Porsche 911. The potent Corvette ZR1 obliterates the rivals with a 3.1s to reach the 60 mph mark while taking almost 11s to complete the quarter mile.

Models

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

0-60 MPH

4 sec

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

3.1

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

12.3 sec

10.94

Engine

5.5L V8 Bi-Turbo Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

LT5 supercharged V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

Handling and Braking

Built by Mercedes’ performance division, the driving dynamics on the Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster is an amalgamation of luxurious and comfortable cabriolet and the home of an athletic sports car. Well-mannered and capable rider, the SL 63 is a tamable machine with a potential to either ride like a serene convertible or an untamable beast with wheels screeching on the track.

The Mercedes SL 63 Roadster has surprisingly excellent amount of grip with good amount of handling and steering feedback however the same wheel gets worked up when you thrash the convertible around on the asphalt. Potholes and bumps are easily absorbed and there is minimal and controlled body roll. Sharp turns and cornering capability is taken with great control and the convertible makes sure it doesn’t toss you off.

The SL’s Active Body Control System controls the otherwise excess body roll in this convertible and you’d feel it countering the movement you’d experience when taking a sharp turn. Its advantages also include maintaining the composed and serenity of the convertible.

Equipped with 15” and 14” disc brakes on the convertible, the hardtop is as great as its powertrain on the brake front. It functions powerfully and feels stable, while its pedals restrict any feel of mushiness.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

15

13.8

15.5

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

14.8

13

15.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4068

3792

3351

3618

60-0 MPH (ft.)

108

N/A

NA

N/A

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Fuel Economy

The SL 63’s fuel economy returns figures like 15 mpg in the city while delivering 23 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined that translates to a mediocre fuel consumption by the cabriolet. The V8 underneath the roadster falls short when competing against the rivals where the Jaguar is a tad better however both the convertibles fall short of the Porsche 911. On the other hand, with the Corvette ZR1, you would have to regularly visit the gas station.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

MPG (city)

15

16

18

19

MPG (highway)

23

24

26

13

MPG (combined)

18

18

21

15

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

296/444

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

19.8

18.5

16.9

18.5

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Interior

“Some people may argue that, with five years since the last redesign, the SL's cabin doesn't look as modern as those of some rivals. Whether you agree with that or not, there's no denying that the SL's interior is incredibly upscale and features an abundance of top-notch materials.” –cars.usnews

Interior

An abundance of luxury around the cabin, Mercedes is one marquee which sure knows how to build a crown jewel at its asking price. Comfortable and posh, the seating arrangement in the roadster are restricted to only two passengers. Leather seats are plush and feel rich, while the trim around the interior is made of high quality materials.

Once you step inside the convertible, the car is a serene cruiser for you to sit back and enjoy the pleasant ride and opulence. Mercedes has done a commendable job in building the cabin with spot-on noise isolation. Space inside the SL 63’s interior is not something you’d find but the seats are wide and fitting to most passengers.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.1/55.5/42.9

37.0/56.5/43.0

-

37.9/55.2/43

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

-/-/-

Interior features

The interior features on the AMG SL 63include –

  • Sun-reflecting AMG Nappa leather upholstery
  • AIRSCARF neck-level heating system
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • AMG Nappa leather performance steering wheel
  • COMAND infotainments system
  • DINAMICA headliner
  • AMG Carbon Fiber trim

Infotainment System

With a 7” COMAND infotainment system controlled by the console-mounted control knob, the SL 63’s entertainment operations are smoothly and easily operated. The system has intuitive experience, and comes with a host of advanced features kitted with it. Some list of features included in the system are –

  • Dual USB audio ports
  • Harmon/kardon LOGIC sound system
  • COMAND navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 5 years of SiriusXM Traffic and Weather service
  • Voice control
  • COMAND system with central controller

Cargo Volume

The 2019 Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster eats up a chunk of space to fit the big V8 in the front and the power retractable roof top. Even still, the roadster houses 8.5 cubic feet of space with the roof down in the cargo, which is a decent task. When the roof is not folded, the roadster can hold 13.5 cubic feet of space. The rivals have similar capacity with the Jaguar at the lowest holding 7.3 cubic feet, but the Mercedes relatively sits at the top, with the Corvette ZR1 housing 10 cubic feet.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

8.5

7.3

9.7

10

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Exterior

“The SL-Class certainly feels like a $100,000 car, but one that is becoming more dated as other models’ tech and features catch up.” -thecarconnection

Exterior

Similar to its Mercedes Benz siblings, the SL 450 and SL 550, the AMG SL 63 Roadster comes unchanged in its exterior styling and this has begun to borderline mundanity as each new model is released. While having seen a facelift in 2017, even with the AMG- kitted athletic Silver Arrow has gotten better looking rivals in the field. The Jaguar for instance; the sturdy feline has a mean English snob yet athletic and exotic aesthetic, while the Porsche 911 still has the curves to charm. That is not to say the SL convertible is any bad a design in itself; no sir, it still looks beautifully crafted with AMG sports body styling and a flair of opulence.

The long sleek profile houses an AMG branded 19” 5-spoked wheels with a power-retractable rooftop. Siting 4.4 inches from the ground, the SL is a low-sat convertible and weights quite hefty at around 4000 pounds. With a wheelbase measuring 101”, the length of the roadster itself is a long 182”.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Corvette ZR1 1ZR Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

4068

3792

3351

3618

Length(in)

182.7

176.2

178.3

179.8

Width(in)

73.9

74.2

72.9

77.4

Height(in)

51.2

51.5

50.8

48.7

Ground clearance (in)

4.4

4.2

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

101.7

103.2

96.5

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

63.8/63.1

62.4/63.4

60.6/60.8

63.6/62.5

Exterior features

Some features fitted on the body of the AMG SL 63 include –

  • Side-mirror logo projectors
  • Panorama Roof
  • LED exterior lighting
  • AMG Branded 19” 5-spoked wheels
  • Power retractable rooftop
  • Automatic wipers
  • Automatic high beams

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Safety

Housing abundant safety features, the SL 63 AMG makes sure to protect its pretty face from dents and dings. Yet to be crash tested by the officials, the roadster still comes with a host of advanced technology like airbags, pop-up roll bars that get activated when in a rollover crash. Some other safety features included in the convertible are as follows –

  • Aluminum body structure
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Active Parking Assist
  • Rearview camera
  • PRE-SAFE
  • 8 air bags
  • Pop-up roll bars
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Competition

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster vs Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

The Porsche 911 is an all-rounder; it has quicker performance and practicality where the 911 has broader cargo space and can seat more passengers. Even its styling is refreshing and comes with a host of features. The AMG SL 63 is a great rival and as it is handcrafted by the manufacturer’s performance division, is far more athletic than its younger SL 550 sibling. However it is outperformed by its German counterpart. Betting on the Porsche is a safer choice than the Silver Arrow.

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Roadster vs Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible

The Jaguar F-Type and the Mercedes AMG SL 63 share similar powertrains but the Jaguar is more athletic. Both the convertibles are fun and spirited where the Silver Arrow also provides a dual personality of a comfortable luxury cruiser in its craft with more interior space. The Englishman comes short of practicality, however both the convertibles can only seat two passengers. In spite of that, we’d recommend the cheaper Jaguar SVR purely in terms of its exotic aesthetic and similar driving dynamics.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Final Verdict

Alongside its SL lineup, the AMG variant of the same comprises of great performance under the hood, comfortable and athletic driving dynamics. It has a list of opulent features in amalgamation with a host of AMG specific styling and features. With comfortable seating and high quality materials around the cabin, the roadster in reality doesn’t make much of a sense due to its whopping price tag of $154,450 MSRP. There are better alternatives with a more refreshing approach to the convertible scene. Having said that if you truly want the Silver Arrow insignia on your hood, the SL 550 is a better value for money roadster.