Geneva Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG

When you're looking for something big, prestigious, comfy and indecently fast you've a few places to look. Invariably, though, you find yourself looking at the SL 63 AMG.

It's got a 5.5-litre biturbo V8 and produces 537bhp as standard or, with the optional AMG performance package, 564bhp.While we'd expect an AMG to come with ALL THE POWER as standard, the new SL 63 AMG does not. Want a full-fat hyper GT? Get yourself the AMG PP.

It'll get from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds (4.2 seconds with the AMG PP) and will top out at an electronically limited 155mph. (186mph, also limited, with the AMG PP.)

Thanks to the extensive use of aluminium and a hint of carbon fibre the new SL is rather lighter than its predecessor, so (combined with jazzy engine tech) it manages to be 30% more fuel efficient and much cleaner than before. Let's face it – 231g/km CO2 from 564bhp is pretty impressive.

Like the rest of the Merc range the SL's full of safety gear (and high-strength bars in the A-pillars) like the crash detecting, preventing or limiting Pre-Safe system.

Want one? It's coming to UK showrooms this summer.

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