AMG, the official performance division of Mercedes-Benz, has a long history of producing high-performance derivatives of Mercedes' standard production vehicles, and these improved versions enjoy an enthusiastic following worldwide.
When the stunning SL 55 AMG was introduced in 2003 with its 5.4-litre V8 producing 476 BHP and a tree stump pulling 520lbs/ feet of torque it was naturally assumed it would remain top of the range, however, AMG had a further party-trick. A year later the SL 65 AMG arrived and was the new 'King of the Castle'. It retained the stylish looks and civilised manners of the rest of the range but was powered by a V12 leviathan capable of crushing the competition at a push of the accelerator. It's visually similar but an AMG Performance Pack "F1 Pace Car" front air dam is added.
The twin-turbo, 6.0-litre engine delivers a remarkable 612hp which is tamed through an intricate network of safety features and keep-you-alive electronics. At 1000 Nm, the torque output is sufficient to keep you pinned in the immaculately stitched leather seats, in any gear at any time, whilst the five-speed automatic transmission with manual capability provides a good level of control. Distinctive 19" dual-spoke AMG-signature alloys camouflage the eight-piston calliper performance brakes and the suspension has been subtly tweaked to deal with the general increase in numbers. Performance is documented at 0-60mph in 3.6 secs and 0-100 mph in 7.5 seconds. All in all, a beautifully packaged amalgam of huge power, sumptuous comfort and window-rattling noise.
This hand-built 6-liter twin-turbo V12 delivers an incredible engine torque of 1250 Nm unrestricted. However, Mercedes had to electronically limit the torque to 1000 Nm because at the time of launch, there wasn't a transmissions on the market strong enough to withstand more than 1000 Newton Meters of torque. This really shows the world how ambitious the project was for AMG. The performance of this Mercedes is just stunning, without a limiter, it can easily reach a remarkable top speed of 338 km/h.
This iconic 12-cylinder Mercedes SL has all the prerequisites to become a future classic.
Body: 2 Doors Hardtop Convertible
Interior: Black Leather
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 66,500KM
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
This motor car: This rare AMG car offered here is a 2005 model showing just under 66,500 km on the odometer. The car comes in a sinister black on black combo with gun metal coloured AMG wheels. A Hong Kong Dealer Delivered RHD example, currently showing just 3 previous owners on the HK VRD. Throughout its life, the car has been diligently maintained and driven. The car is kept in an excellent mechanical condition with all major areas such as suspension, sensors, tires, brakes and shocks renewed. The exhaust note is truly intoxicating with the custom exhaust system completed with a set of new AMG polish tips. This car also comes with years of service records by both Mercedes and 3rd party specialist. This example is ready to enter a new stable. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.
Hand-built 604 hp, twin turbocharged V-12 engine; five-speed AMG Speed shift transmission
The engine is closely related to the unit AMG builds for Pagani Huayra
A very rare and believed to be the only originally Hong Kong Dealer delivered car with just 3 previous owners
Classic Insider condition score: 80 points out of 100
Fully Original. Well-kept and consistently maintained. The original black paint showing some imperfections and blemishes. Stone chips and scratches noted on the front end and paint bubble on rear decklid spoiler area. Small crack on windshield noted. The original AMG multi-piece 5 spoke alloy wheels are in overall good condition and unmarked but the clear coat has tarnish. They are shod with new 2018 manufactured tires. The Interior is original, seats, dash, carpets and door cards showing signs of correct wear and tear for the age. The only issue is blurry instrument cluster LCD displays. Mechanically excellent, the common ABC suspension issues resolved and all parts renewed.. The engine bay is kept clean and tidy. Consistently serviced by Dealer and Brand Specialist
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SERVICE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
2020 May 65,147km YAU WING MOTORS
Traction control SBC Pump replaced
Brake Fluid change and Bleed
New A/C Compressor
2020 April 64,895km YAU WING MOTORS
Replaced 24 Spark Plugs
Installed New Turbo pressure sensor
New Valve cover gasket, fixed engine oil leak
New gear linkage bush
2019 November 63,798km YAU WING MOTORS
New Battery 35A and New Battery 70A
Boot lid shocks replaced
Repaint rear spolier
Vehicle polish and touch-up
2019 August 63,185km YAU WING MOTORS
Replaced O2 sensor
Changed brake fluid
Repair ABC fluid leak, changed hydraulic O-rings
2018 December YAU WING MOTORS
Installed new radiator grill
2018 October 60,305km YAU WING MOTORS
New front and rear suspension installed
New Hydraulic accumulator installed
New Turbo Intercooler pump
New Accelerator sensor
New Front Brake Disc and Brake pads
Renewed ride height lifting system
2016 34460KM to 51833KM ZUNG FU Mercedes-Benz
Full Check-up & Service
New Engine Mount & Bush
New Radiator, coolant hose
New Central Locking
All belts and pulley replaced
New Steering knuckle
Ball joint, track rods, Tie Rods
Rear Brake disc and pads replaced
ABC accelerator sensor replaced
New Fuel hose, New Turbo Pressure Sensor
** All available previous Service records available upon request
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Seeking to push the cosmetic and performance boundaries of their flagship SL-Class roadster, Mercedes-Benz debuted the SL 65 AMG in June of 2004. Assembled on a special line at Affalterbach using shells ferried over from Stuttgart, the ultra-performance oriented roadster was to be produced in extremely limited quantities for just four model years (2005-2008) and offered at the exorbitant base price of $183,000 USD.
Power was derived from a hand-built, twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine paired with a five-speed automatic transmission utilizing AMG’s “Speed-Shift” technology; the SL 65 AMG rockets to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds. Considering that the most closely related, limited-production, open-top vehicle provided with such an impressive V-12 AMG powerplant is the 2003 Pagani Zonda Roadster, it should serve as no surprise that the SL 65 AMG is a uniquely raw and desirable offering from Mercedes-Benz's 21st century portfolio.
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