The brainchild of American automobile importer Max Hoffman, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has been in production since 1954. Mercedes-Benz designated the vehicle line with the letters “SL” representing the German words for Super Light. As a grand touring sports car, Hoffman believed that a market existed for the Mercedes-Benz SL (roadster and convertible) in post-war America. As it turned out, affluent performance enthusiasts would flock to the Mercedes-Benz SL with its upward-opening gullwing doors, capable suspension and responsive powertrain. The rest – as they say – is history.

AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65

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In 2004 the handcrafted AMG version of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 hit the scene. Rocking a sleek body with deeply etched lines, the rear-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG quickly emerged as one of the premier sports cars on the planet. This tiny two-seater – with a 6.0-liter V12 engine – didn’t get the best fuel mileage but it was great at crushing the competition. The massive twin turbocharged engine could produce 612hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG was capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2-seconds and had a top speed of 155 mph. This version of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG remained in production until 2012 with only a minor facelift in 2008.

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black (2008-2011)

Unveiled during the 2008 Monterey Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black (2008-2011) was the performance version of the SL 65 AMG lineup. The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black was equipped with the same biturbo 6.0-liter V12 engine; this time with larger turbos and enhanced wastegate piping. Intake and exhaust manifolds were also reconfigured for increased flow. The result was a gain in overall engine output. The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black could churn out 661hp and accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8-seconds. In addition to the turbo system upgrades, the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black was also 551-pounds lighter than the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG. This weight reduction was accomplished with carbon fiber body components as well as replacing the retractable hardtop with a fixed roof. Top speed for the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black was 200 mph.

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG (2013-2016)

The Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG went on a diet in 2013. Utilizing an all-aluminum bodyshell resulted in a weight reduction of approximately 375-pounds for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG. A redesigned front fascia with a twin blade grille shrouded the same AMG 6.0-liter twin turbocharged V12 engine. This time the big mill could produce 630hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. Top speed was 186 mph and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2-seconds. This version of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG was produced from 2013-2016.

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG (2016-present)

Designed to appear even more menacing than previous models, the latest version of the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG (2016-present) features a completely new front bumper, grille and headlamps. The current Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG is powered by an improved 6.0-liter biturbo engine mated to a more responsive AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed automatic transmission.

Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Service and Repair

One day soon, your Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG will require factory scheduled maintenance, a tune up, four-wheel alignment, brake service, engine repair, transmission replacement/repair, rear end repair/replacement, steering /suspension repair, driveshaft service/replacement, engine cooling system repair, heating and air conditioning repair/maintenance, an oil change, a transmission service/flush, wheel and tire rotation/replacement or some other type of service and repair. When that day arrives, you can trust Forza Tuning and Performance in Clearwater, Florida as your complete Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG service and repair source.

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Forza is proud to serve the communities of Tampa, Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Orlando and Clearwater, Florida – but they are also glad to meet the needs of Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG owners all over the continental United States via fully enclosed luxury vehicle transport. Each Forza luxury vehicle transport is professionally operated and comprehensively insured. Your choice of one-way or roundtrip service is offered with every Forza luxury vehicle transport.

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