Chris Harris and DRIVE drove the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG near St. Tropez in the south of France. Chris walks you through his first drive in Merc’s new 660lb-ft sports cruiser. He describes it as bi-polar containing civilized and uncivilized driving.

Thanks to an all-aluminium bodyshell, similar to that of the SLS AMG supercar, the weight of the Mercedes SL 63 AMG has been reduced by 125 kilograms. With kerb weight of 1,845 kilograms and an output of 537hp or 564hp (with the AMG performance package), the new model has a powerful power to weight ratio. Other features include an all-aluminium crankcase, twin turbochargers, four valves per cylinder with camshaft adjustment, air/water intercooling, alternator management and an ECO start/stop function.

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