U.S. spec Mercedes SL facelift and SL63 details

U.S. spec Mercedes SL facelift and SL63 details

Earlier today we posted information about the European launch of Mercedes’ facelifted SL convertible and now we have all the details for the U.S. market. Americans will once again miss out on the V6 models, including the new entry-level SL280, and instead get updated versions of the SL550 V8 and SL600 V12 models. The flagship SL65 from AMG will also be on offer and is expected to be joined further down the track by a new SL63 (pictured) fitted with the tuner’s hand-built 6.3L V8.

Power levels are unchanged for the big-cube models but both engines get a slight bump in fuel economy. The 5.5L V8 still musters a healthy 388hp while the V12 in the SL600 dishes out 517hp thanks to its pair of turbos. The SL63, meanwhile, will get the venerable 525hp 6.3L V8 engine and the AMG speedshift seven-speed transmission. Other features include a unique front bonnet, custom bodykit, darkened bi-xenon headlamps and taillights, and 19in light-alloy wheels in a new triple-spoke design.

Like European models, U.S. spec cars get the new Airscarf heating system, which is optional on SL550 models and standard on the SL600 and SL65. An updated COMAND system with a 6.5in screen and 4GB hard-drive also features and is fully compatible with iPods, USB sticks, and memory cards.

The car will officially go on sale Stateside after making its local debut at the New York Auto Show in April.Mercedes SL facelift