Mercedes Benz have revealed the all new SL65 AMG, just one day after the Geneva Motor Show closed.
To most enthusiasts’ surprise, the V12 engine still lives on despite reports that Mercedes Benz will phase out production of V12 engines. Speaking of the engine, the new SL65 AMG has a twin-turbo 6.0-litre unit producing 630hp – 18hp more powerful than the previous SL65 – and a monstrous 1,000Nm (737 lb ft) of torque.
The new SL65 AMG also weighs 170kg less than its predecessor, although it is still quite heavy at 1,950kg. The new car also gets a beefed up 7G-Tronic automatic transmission with seven speeds, making the G55 AMG the only AMG car with the trusted old five-speed unit.
Opel Ampera/Chevy Volt
Apart from winning the 2012 Car of the Year award, it’s a plug-in hybrid car that looks good too. The specs? It has a 150hp electric motor along with 370Nm of torque, with a claimed range of up to 80km (50miles) on a fully charged battery pack. Its 1.4-litre engine is there only to power a generator when the battery range is low (the engine doesn’t send power to the wheels at any time) – which then extends the range to 500km. It is expensive though – prices start at CHF 52,900 (around $57,000) in Switzerland.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
The F12 Berlinetta drew a huge crowd on press day. It was easily one of the most anticipated cars of the show – and with 740hp, it’s easy to see why. Its 6.3-litre V12 engine is the most powerful of any Ferrari road car, which definitely makes it a standout car. However powerful the engine might be, the design might divide opinion – looking a bit similar to the FF at the front. However, all is certainly forgotten as you approach its 212mph top speed.
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