Best of the Best 2013: Convertibles: Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Roadster

  • Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Roadster
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This year’s Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG Roadster ( has the power and performance capabilities to back up the bolder look that came with last year’s redesign of the SL line. The car, which has a base price of about $146,000, is powered by a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 that pumps out 530 hp and enables a zero-to-60-mph acceleration time of 4.2 seconds. With a body and major chassis components made of aluminum, the SL63 is more than 328 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The engine is mated to a 7-speed, single-clutch automatic transmission that provides quick, positive shifts. In addition to launch control, the transmission also features a default Controlled Efficiency mode, Sport and Sport+ modes, and a manual-shift mode.

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