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2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible

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in Midsize convertibles
2017 MODEL

$151,350

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Overview

Setting roads on fire with an exceptional performance is what the 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 Convertible capable of while maintaining high luxury standards. The vehicle looks stylish and has a strong road presence due to its eye-catching design elements. Additionally, the 2017 model of the SL63 follows some modifications in its looks and features.

At the powertrain section, the grand tourer employs a high capacity 5.5 L V8 engine in combination with a 7-speed automatic transmission. Its throttle response is really good and the gear shifts happen unnoticeably, thus delivering an extraordinary driving experience.

The AMG SL 63 Convertible costs nearly 150 grand and the price is justified by its hardcore performance and luxurious features. However, some of its top rivals offer nearly same specs at relatively lower price tags. The top three cars that are capable of giving the SL63 a hard time are namely the Jaguar F-type SVR, Audi R8, and BMW M6.

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Pros

Powerful and refined 5.5L V8 engine

Aesthetically pleasing

Comfortable interiors with state-of-the-art features

Superlative handling

Ample cargo capacity

Cons

No trim options

High maintenance cost

What's New?

The 2017 model of the SL63 has been re-engineered to give a fresh look to both its front and rear section.

Some newer features have been added to the vehicle as standard including automatic emergency braking, adaptive LED headlights, dual USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity.


Features

Power

577 hp

664 lb-ft

MPG

16 city

25 hwy

Engine

v8 cyl

5.5 l

transmission

7A

0 to 60

3.8 sec



Ratings

Exterior

7.5

Engine

8.3

Interior

9.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63 Convertible SL 63 AMG

SL 63 AMG

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 2

$151,350

Configurations
SL 63 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A)
Transmission: 7A MPG: (16/19/25)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 19 days ago

8.3

Overall Rating


 

8.3/10
Engine

 
 

9.0/10
Interior

 

7.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The AMG SL 63 Convertible costs nearly 150 grand and the price is justified by its hardcore performance and luxurious features. However, some of its top rivals offer nearly same specs at relatively lower price tags. The top three cars that are capable of giving the SL63 a hard time are namely the Jaguar F-type SVR, Audi R8, and BMW M6.

Features

The Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 comes at a base price of $151,350 and is available only in a single trim level. Some of the most prominent features offered by the convertible include premium leather upholstery, ventilated seats with massaging, sun sensor and cornering lights.

Trim

Mercedes AMG SL 63

MSRP

$151,350

Key

Features

  • FrontBass system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming, hands-free Bluetooth interface
  • Dual USB ports, in-dash CD player, SD card reader
  • SiriusXM Radio with 6-month All Access trial
  • HD Radio receiver
  • Smartphone Integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps, LED taillamps
  • Active LED headlamps w/Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • High-resolution color central screen
  • Console-mounted central controller
  • COMAND navigation w/3 years of no-charge map updates
  • Harman/Kardon LOGIC sound system

We Recommend

The high-performance AMG SL63 lack multiple trim levels, so making a specific recommendation is impractical. It is one of the top performance offering under the SL-class. So, this could be the best pick for performance lovers.

Engine

8.3/10
“Comfort mode lives up to its name. It offers an exceptionally smooth ride, and piloting the car is effortless. From a stop, the AMG Speedshift seven-speed transmission starts out in second gear. Even so, the SL63 can take off faster than is necessary, and a sense of urgency feels built into the car’s entire being.”-motor1

Engine and Transmission

The SL63 performs exceptionally well on both the roads and racing tracks thanks to the 5.5-Liter 8-cylinder engine, which resides under its bonnet. At peak level, the engine can churn out a humongous 577 hp of power and 664 ft.-lbs. of torque. The mighty powertrain of the SL63 makes it one of the most powerful grand touring cars.

Comparing the arch-rivals with the SL63, their engine capacities are lesser and so does their power figures. Analyzing the transmission, the Jaguar F Type has the most efficient 8-speed automatic gearbox. Whereas, both the Audi R8 and the BMW M6 comes with a lesser proficient 7-speed manual transmission.

Models

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder

BMW M6 convertible

MSRP

$151,350

$128,800

$175,100

$120,00

Engine

5.5L V8

5.0L V8

5.2L V10

4.4L V8

Transmission

7 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

7 Speed manual

7 Speed manual

Horsepower

577 hp@5500rpm

575 hp@6500rpm

540 hp@7800rpm

560 hp@6000rpm

Torque

664 ft-lb@2250rpm

516 ft-lb@3500rpm

398 ft-lb@6500rpm

500 ft-lb@6000rpm

Acceleration

The highly agile character of the SL63 Convertible is justified by its aggressive acceleration that results in the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Press the throttle hard and you will feel the mighty force pushing your body towards the seat. In addition, the car can cover the quarter-mile distance within 11.9 seconds, which is exciting.

Models

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder

BMW M6 convertible

0-60 MPH

3.8 sec

3.5 sec

3.1 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter mile

11.9 sec

N/A

11.1 sec

12.5 sec

Engine

5.5L V8

5.0L V8

5.2L V10

4.4L V8

Emission

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

9.2

N/A

10.4

11.0

From the competition side, both the Jaguar F type and Audi R8 exceeds the expectations when it comes to acceleration. The F-type touches the 60 mph speed mark from a standstill in 3.5 seconds while the Audi R8 achieves the same in mere 3.1 seconds. In total, the Audi R8’s accelerating capability makes it the drag champion among the others rivals including the SL63 Convertible.

Ride and Handling

Mercedes has always been a reliable choice when it comes to providing a comfortable riding experience accompanied by luxurious features. Furthermore, cars manufactured by the Mercedes AMG brand division, raise the bar with their astonishing performance. The SL63 is one of those models with AMG badge and offers thrilling drives at all times. Its seats are comfy enough for long rides and compliments the grand touring capability of the convertible.

From the handling perspective, the SL63 is a masterpiece and remains fully under control even when speeding at its limits. Moreover, features such as traction control, stability control and emergency braking assist boost the confidence of driver. Furthermore, the car offers different driving modes including comfort, sport and sport+ and race, which adjust the engine power as well as the steering sensitivity.

Braking

Decelerating the 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 Convertible is quite easy cheers to its effective braking system. In addition, features such as ABS and automatic emergency braking enhances the car’s ability to brake promptly during emergency situations. The 15.4-inch front brakes and 14.2-inch rear brakes are capable of slowing down the 4112 lbs. convertible even when it is moving at very high speeds. The brake pedal of the car is soft and do not requires excessive force for pushing.

The competitors are no less than the SL63 in terms of braking with the BMW M6 offering largest brakes at both front and rear. Among the competitors, the Audi R8 has the smallest brakes but its overall braking system is still decent.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder

BMW M6 convertible

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

15

14.4

15.7

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

14.8

14

15.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4112

3792

3957

4515

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

111.0

115

Fuel Economy

One of the biggest merits of the SL63 Convertible is its outstanding fuel economy. The car burns fuel so efficiently that even having such a large capacity engine, its mileage figures are better than the rivals. To be precise, the car offers 16 MPG in city conditions while on highways the mileage becomes 25 MPG. The combined mileage of the convertible is 19 MPG, which is very impressive for a supercar.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder

BMW M6 convertible

MPG (city)

16

15

14

14

MPG (highway)

25

23

22

20

MPG (combined)

19

18

17

16

Interior

9.0/10
“A beautiful and beautifully built interior has always been an important part of the Mercedes-Benz SL’s appeal. For 2017, top-notch materials and exacting construction exceed even the highest expectations. Seat comfort is almost sinful. And the new SL is the rare 2-seat roadster for tall adults.”-Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The SL63 is no different than most other convertibles of its segment as its passenger capacity is limited to 2 people. On the other hand, the BMW M6 offers a seating capacity of 4 people, thus sweeping away all the competition. 

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder

BMW M6 convertible

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

4

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

39.1/55.5/53.6

37.0/56.5/43.0

37.5/54.8/41.0

40.3/56.9/42.1

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

36.5/49.6/30.5

The interior layout of the SL63 is planned very well, which results in increased roominess and thus making the cabin extra comfortable. Its 39.1 inches of headroom and 55.5 inches of shoulder room is sufficiently large even for tall people. Furthermore, the convertible offers 53.6 inches of legroom, which is unmatched by the rivals.

Infotainment System

Powering the vehicle’s entertainment section is the Mercedes’ proprietary COMAND infotainment system with 7-inch display. The COMAND system also offers integrated navigation and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. An 11-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system with 2 subwoofers are provided inside the convertible for delivering an immersive sound experience. Moreover, the speed sensitive volume control and satellite radio increases the total usefulness of Mercedes AMG SL63’s infotainment system.

Interior Features

The interiors of the Convertible looks classy and the materials used for finishing is of top-grade. Every element inside the cabin is neatly placed and easy to access. Some of the key interior features of the SL63 include leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition, electro-chromatic rearview mirror, and steering mounted transmission controls.

Cargo Capacity

It is quite obvious to expect a large boot space from a grand tourer and the SL63 convertible meet the expectations very well. With a trunk that offers 13.5 cubic feet of space, the Mercedes AMG SL63 allows carrying a significant amount of luggage. Furthermore, amidst the rivalry, its boot is the largest followed by the BMW M6, whose cargo volume is 11.0 cubic feet.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Audi R8 V10 quattro Spyder

BMW M6 convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

13.5

7.0

4.0

11.0

Exterior

7.5/10
“For 2017, the new Mercedes-Benz SL gets a front-end restyle, drawing inspiration from its iconic lineage. It looks better. It’s a successful marriage of modern style and timeless long-hood/short-deck proportions.”-Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The designing and construction of the vehicle is done very well and depicts the craftsmanship of Mercedes engineering. Furthermore, the dimensions of the convertible are ideal and add to its overall road presence. Its length of 182.7 inches is second longest after the 192.8 inches of the BMW M6 convertible.

Despite being the 2nd longest convertible among the rivals, the SL63’s wheelbase of 101.8 inches is the shortest. Moreover, the Mercedes AMG SL63 offers a good 3.8 inches of ground clearance but it becomes somewhat inferior against the 4.3 and 4.2 inches offered by the Audi R8 and BMW M6 respectively.

Model

Mercedes AMG SL 63 Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder

BMW M6 convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

4112

3792

3957

4515

Length(in)

182.7

176.0

174.3

192.8

Width(in)

73.9

74.2

76.4

74.8

Height(in)

51.2

51.5

49.0

53.9

Ground clearance (in)

3.8

3.9

4.3

4.2

Wheelbase (in)

101.8

103.2

104.3

112.2

Track width (in) F/R

63.1/63.2

62.4/63.4

64.5/63

64.2/63.5

Exterior Features
Following are the main exterior highlights of the SL63 Convertible:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Retractable hardtop with silent operation
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Front mesh grille with Mercedes logo at the center

Safety

Safety Features

To ensure complete safety of the passengers, the SL63 convertible comes equipped with numerous hi-tech features including, dual front side-mounted airbags, engine immobilizer, and ventilated disc brakes. Additionally, the supercar offers optional driver assistance package, which adds the Active Body Control (ABC) to the safety features list.

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • ESP Cornering Dynamic Assist
  • SmartKey remote locking w/infrared-remote hardtop operation
  • 8 airbags
  • Advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Emergency-sensing Brake Assist (BAS)

Competition

Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 VS Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

The British luxury automaker challenges the AMG SL63 with its F Type SVR Convertible, which gets a comparatively much lower price tag of $128,800. It features a 5.0 L V8 engine, which is powerful but not more than the SL63’s engine. However, the F Type convertible offers better acceleration and its ground clearance is also higher by 0.1 inches. All in all the 2017 Mercedes AMG SL63 has superior performance and features than its British counterpart.

Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 VS Audi R8 V10 Quattro Spyder

The Audi R8 puts up a strong competition with its extremely ferocious acceleration and enchanting style. However, its MSRP of $175 K makes it approximately $24 K expensive than the SL63 Convertible. Comparing all the parameters, it is pretty clear that the Mercedes’ Convertible is much valuable and has so much to offer than the Audi R8.

Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 VS BMW M6 convertible

The M6 Convertible manufactured by the German Automaker BMW also acts as one of the key competitors due to its aggressive pricing and capable engine. Talking about its advantages over the Mercedes AMG SL63, the seating capacity of 4 and the high ground clearance makes the M6 a better car. However, when it comes to acceleration, fuel economy, cargo capacity and lightweight body, the SL63 swipes away the M6 quite easily.

Final Verdict

The 2017 Mercedes Benz AMG SL63 Convertible is one of the best cars in its class due to its long list of features along with heavy-duty performance. The price tag of the car is huge but honestly considering its build quality, looks, fuel efficiency, and comfort, every penny is worth spending. So, if you want to add a beast to your garage with a retractable hardtop than SL63 is one of the promising choices to be made.

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