Other than the much-needed rhinoplasty, there are no major changes for the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL63 and SL65. Instead, they get a thin gloss of revisions that are intended to sharpen their edges and capabilities. Our counterpoint is that – especially in the case of the SL65 – warhammers aren't concerned with edges; they pulverize anything in the way, the impediments here being the time it takes to get from one distant point to another. The raw specs stay the same for both. The twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V12 in the SL65 still posts 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. A slight tune means the hand-built motor doesn't let every one of its horses out of the corral until 5,500 rpm, instead of the 4,800 to 5,400-rpm window of before. All 738 pound-feet of torque show up to the party from 2,300 rpm to 4,300 rpm. The 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V8 in the SL63 continues to 'make do' with 577 hp and 664 lb-feet of torque. Acceleration times stay the same for both cars: 3.9 seconds from 0-60 in the SL65, 4.0 seconds in the SL63. Acceleration times stay the same for both cars: 3.9 seconds from 0-60 in the SL65, 4.0 seconds in the SL63. The new front end looks better here than on the SL450 and SL550 models because it was designed as an AMG face, then toned down for mortals who aren't addicted to horsepower. The only differences are in the details, but they make all the difference: chrome edging on the outer intakes, a chrome edge on the splitter running the width of the car. The mesh treatments differ, too – instead of the tightly patterned dots and hexagonal plastic on the SL450, the SL65 gets a wide-open arrangement of dashed lines in the grille, and a mere two crossbars astride the lower intakes. The locomotive they shield needs a lot of air. It's demeanor likely gets another boost from the Designo Selenite Grey Magno paint, one of the new colors for 2017 along with Brilliant Blue. Still, we hope Mercedes can work more elegance into that flat, upright stance come the next generation. We miss the dramatic slope and angled planes of the previous generation R230 SL. The SL63 gets 19-inch wheels all around, while the SL65 ups the rear wheel size to 20s. Further back, the side skirts form a single continuous wedge instead of consisting of two design elements, high-gloss chrome on the SL65 separating it from the silver chrome on the SL63. You can dip the whole thing in black with a new Night Package, or just tone down the brightwork with an extended carbon-fiber package. The SL63 gets 19-inch wheels all around, while the SL65 ups the rear wheel size to 20s. The SL65 is Germany's high-speed train, made to span countries and continents at speeds normally followed by the phrase "in a vacuum." Yes, that country has the InterCity Express, which is far roomier than the two-seat convertible, but the SL65 has the …
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