The SL65 AMG was the most powerful roadster in the world when it debuted in 2004. At 604hp, it was literally double the output of the base SL500 (302hp). In comparison, the SLR Roadster (2007+) produces only 13 more horsepower, yet makes 163 lb-ft less torque
During a period road test, Motor Trend’s test driver wrote “I take off with such violence that the automatic roll bar pops up.” (The SL’s spring-loaded roll bar deploys at a threshold of 0.5 g)
Having 738 ft-lbs (1,000 NM) was one thing. Having it occur at just 2,000 RPM was another! In fact, the engine nearly maintains the full 738 ft lbs from 2,000 to 4500 RPM
Having this much torque so low down the rev range made it pointless to record standard acceleration test data. Car and Driver actually recorded a faster 0-60 time (3.6 seconds) with the SL600, as the SL65 (3.8 seconds) spent half the time spinning. At only 285mm, the tires for both the SL65 and SL600 are the same width. The non-linear drive-by-wire throttle tuning did not make it any easier to regulate power delivery during a launch
Monstrous power requires monstrous brakes: the SL65 features 8-piston calipers (!) in the front, clamping 15.4-inch rotors. The rear brakes use 14.2-inch rotors with 4-piston calipers
Key Model Year Changes:
The R230 generation SL65 AMG was sold from 2005 through 2008
Very few notable changes occurred between the years
The ABC suspension was updated in 2007 for slightly improved reliability
35k original miles
Black over black
Only used during the summer
All 4 tires have less than 1,500 miles
Spark plug and ignition coils + maintenance completed at over $6,000
*SAE rated from factory. May not reflect current output.
*Performance numbers pulled from either the factory brochure or reputable automotive road tests.
*Base price when new does not reflect original MSRP of this particular car, nor does it reflect what the original owner paid for it.
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