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MASTER BLASTER: The Mercedes-Benz SL63

Written in the Mercedes’ new rocket soars, while the Cadenza enters Avalon’s Cars orbit. By Isaac Bouchard

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL63 Price as tested: $171,225 EPA ratings: 16/25; 19 mpg combined I had waited literally years to drive the giant-slaying Nissan GT-R, known for acceleration so brutal (0-60 in 2.7 seconds) it can be mind-altering. Better yet, when I finally had the chance in late June, it was on a deserted back road miles from anywhere. But the expected moment of g force-induced transcendence didn’t materialize. Not because the Nissan isn’t a veritable rocket sled—it is. However, I had just stepped out of

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the latest, AMG’d version of the classic Benz SL roadster, equipped with the aptly-labeled “Performance Package,” that meant outputs of 557hp a frankly absurd 664lb-ft of torque from its hand built, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8, and a (still artificially limited) top speed of 186mph. The Nissan’s all-wheel drive means it can beat most anything off the line, from 30 to 130—or more. But the SL63 had its measure in side-by-side runs, lunging for the horizon with such violence that I feared for my recently fused neck vertebrae. While it didn’t provide quite as much aural satisfaction as its normally aspirated predecessor, this droptop Mercedes was still an accomplished

musician, with a bellowing, snorting vocal urgency accompanying progress in such quantity that people miles away had to be aware of my indiscretions. But the new SL63 is no one-trick pony. Ugly its new skin might be, but since it’s now formed of aluminum, this Benz comes some 200 pounds closer to actually earning the “Sport Licht (light)” moniker. It also helps explain not only why it can annihilate 60 in three and a half seconds, but also that it can come to a halt from triple-digit speeds in less distance than many true sports cars. And this AMG goes around corners like few the firm has previously built, with almost zero body lean and neutrality that should coloradoavidgo lf e r.c o m

August 2013  

The August issue of Colorado AvidGolfer covers the Solheim Cup, being played at Colorado Golf Club August 13-18. Additional stories include:...