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The special edition gets exclusive two-tone paint and Petronas-coloured contrasting features.
The special edition gets exclusive two-tone paint and Petronas-coloured contrasting features.
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Mercedes-AMG has unveiled a Formula One-inspired edition of its SL roadster, limited to 100 units worldwide.

The new-generation SL range was unveiled in October 2021 as a soft-top, four-seat roadster available in SL43, SL 55 and SL 63 guises. To commemorate the end of the 2022 F1 season the flagship model gets a cosmetic makeover inspired by the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car raced by Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

The colour graduation from hi-tech silver metallic to obsidian black metallic is inspired by the F1 car, as are the star pattern on the flanks and the Petronas-coloured contrasts.

Added to this are 21-inch AMG 10-twin-spoke forged wheels in a matt black finish with Petronas-coloured rim flanges. The electric soft top is black and an AMG Aerodynamics package further raises the visual drama.

An AMG Night package has selected exterior features finished in high-gloss black, including the front splitter, side sill panels, mirror caps and the decorative trim in the rear diffuser, while the exhaust tailpipes are darkened. The AMG Night package II adds black chrome on the radiator grille and Mercedes star at the rear, while the interior components of the headlamps and rear lights are darkened.

The calipers of the AMG high-performance composite brake system are also painted black.

The standard AMG Performance seats are available with black Nappa leather/microfibre with either red or yellow topstitching.

Extensive equipment includes AMG Aerodynamic and Night packages.
Extensive equipment includes AMG Aerodynamic and Night packages.
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A Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system, ambient lighting, MBUX Interior Assistant, Driving Assistance package and the head-up display are included as standard in this extensively equipped special model. AMG Track Pace supplies wide range data when driving on the racetrack.

Every customer receives a customised AMG indoor car cover with logo.

There are no changes to the SL 63's 4.0l V8 biturbo engine, which boasts 430kW and 800Nm for claimed figures of 0-100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and a 315km/h top speed. Power is transferred via 4Matic+ all-wheel drive and the SL comes standard with active rear-axle steering that improves both high-speed stability and low-speed manoeuvrability.

The new Mercedes SL range is expected to arrive in SA in the second quarter of 2023. It is not known whether the F1-inspired SL 63 will be part of the line-up.

 


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