Benz SL63 AMG Comes to Geneva…and the U.S.

The Geneva Motor Show, one of the world’s best, opens March 8, and you can be certain this machine, the 2013 SL63 AMG, will draw the crowds. It’s Benz’s hottest, most beautiful roadster for the street (because the SLS is just over the top and ugly to boot).

The new V8 is smaller than that in last year’s car, with higher output—5.5 vs. 6.3 liters; 571 vs 518 hp—and a likely 0-60 time of 4 seconds. (The present car makes it in 4.5 seconds.)

You can’t afford it. Base price of the present car is $140,400 (no price yet on the new one). You can buy two M3s for that and have ample change left over. But of course we’re comparing pineapples and bananas, right? No, we are not quite in Ferrari territory, and Benz cars are lots more reliable and repairable worldwide.

We hear that the first U.S. SL63 AMG will be put up for auction at the 6th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance on February 25th. In April the car will be featured at the New York Auto Show.

Price aside, it is a gorgeous vehicle from most any angle, and we are particularly taken with the interior, which is classy and functional at the same time. Benz buttons abound on the central control panel, and we would happily do without most of these. But the steering wheel is a sight to behold. Here are more pix, courtesy of AutoSpies.

There are a few more details about the present car at the mbusa site. In the new version, apparently you’ll still get the great 7-speed transmission (with 100-millisecond shifts), plus all the performance anyone could want in a very sexy roadster that builds on the advances in the SL550 car.

What else could you buy for 140 big ones that would provide as much driving pleasure?

—jgoods

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