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A rare and powerful Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG (R230) V12 Bi-Turbo with 48,164 miles.
Active Body Control (ABC) with special AMG settings, AMG body-styling, AMG two twin chrome tailpipes, closing aid for boot lid, Electro-hydraulic Vario roof, Bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering light function, speed sensitive parameter steering, Parktronic, AMG sports seats, AMG steering wheel with gearshift paddles, COMAND cockpit management and navigation display, Easy-Pack, Bose sound system, luxury two-zone climate control, electrically adjustable memory seats with massage function, heated seats, TV tuner, AMG Exclusive Nappa Leather, dual airbags, dual head/thorax sidebags, AMG high performance braking system, rain sensing wipers. Factory options; Panoramic Vario roof, Keyless Go, comfort ventilated seats.
This phenomenal Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, the most powerful standard-production roadster in the world at the time of launch is finished in original Mercedes Brilliant Silver Metallic, (Code 744). Having covered a mere 48,164 miles from new, the factory paintwork boasts a beautiful crisp shine and uniform finish. Certainly not detracting from stunning muscular lines of this hot-blooded supercar are a few minor paintwork imperfections including some stone chips to the front. AMG body styling unique to the SL65 with side air outlets and AMG V12 design twin tailpipes ensure the aesthetics are commensurate with the insane 612hp performance! The Electro-hydraulic Vario roof with expensive optional panoramic glass operates with speed, finesse and micro-precision. An epic performance roadster.
Sportiness is the dominant theme inside the SL65 AMG with the Alcantara trimmed AMG instrument cluster and windscreen frame, AMG ergonomic sports steering wheel with shift paddles and Keyless Go start button on the gear shifter. Ergonomics and comfort have naturally taken prominent consideration with technological wonderment infused throughout, including the dynamic multi-contour seats in Stone Grey with heating, optional comfort ventilation and integral air cushions with massage function. Said seats are in pristine condition and offer unsurpassed comfort and lateral support. The COMAND cockpit management and navigation display is fully functional and further premium specification attributes include a TV tuner and Bose sound system. The silver stitched leather fascia and trim sections are as new. Luxury, opulence and exhilaration in abundance.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
A true technological marvel is the AMG 6.0-litre V12 bi-turbo engine developing an explosive 612hp and thumping 1000Nm of torque, as quoted in the original Mercedes-Benz UK marketing literature. Expect 0-62mph in a phenomenal 4.2 seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 155mph! The technical specification is simply mind-blowing and raising the bonnet reveals a work of art V12 powerplant which is spotlessly clean, exactly as intended and complete with all factory plates and stickers intact. Start the car and the sound emitted from the AMG two twin tailpipes is guaranteed to set the pulse racing and the spine tingling! The automatic transmission with shift paddles features AMG Speedshift to increase the shift speed by up to 35% in automatic mode. An unmedicated source of adrenalin!
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Unique to the SL65 are 19” AMG split rim alloys wheels in Titanium Grey which remain in near perfect condition, whilst premium brand tyres of size 255/35 R19 and 285/30 R19 front and rear respectively have masses of tread remaining. The high-performance braking system feature massive composite discs which have a diameter of 390mm at the front and 360mm at the rear. The huge ornate callipers are prominent through the large spoke openings and remain in the correct silver.
The Mercedes SL R230 Series was designed using the ground-breaking supercomputer in the “CAVE” (Computer Aided Virtual Environment) which allowed designers to meticulously analyse every curve and line. After introduction of the V8 SL55 AMG, Mercedes surprised the industry and press by developing this, the awesome V12 bi-turbo SL65 AMG a year later. This 2005 example has covered just 48,164 miles from new. There are seven recorded service entries in the electrically held records with the most recent carried out by Mercedes-Benz Worcester in September 2017 at 47,229 miles. Both the dealer supplied leather document wallets are beautifully presented and hold all handbooks, guides and point of sale literature. A further large history folder holds supporting service invoices as well as two sets of original remote keys. Completing the history file is a hardback sales brochure and separate price list which reveals an eye-watering list price including options of £151,880!
A headline piece in the world of modern design and engineering, the Mercedes SL65 AMG will always be recognised as a car that raised the bar amongst peers and is destined to be one of the Mercedes-Benz SL greats with increasing collector interest.
MOT August 2019, HPI Clear.
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