While the raw numbers on the AMG V8 and the Twin Turbo V12 are very similar,
they will feel quite different to drive. Also, keep in mind that the
twin-turbo V12 is very new; up until just last year the Mercedes V12 was
normally aspirated, and the performance gap between the SL600 and the
SL55AMG was far more noticable.
Mercedes engineers, however, are apparantly aware of the performace
similarities between the two current models, which is why they plan to
introduce the new SL65 AMG next year, which will be an AMG modified
twin-turbo V12. From all accounts, it will be a real monster of a car.
Thomas J. Paladino
New York City
95 S320 *for sale*
89 Lotus Esprit Turbo
Drive.com.au put forth this question to Mercedes-Benz Australia when new
2003 500bhp S55 and S600 were introduced in Australia.
S55 is more of sport saloon whilst S600 is more of refined and civilised
plush-o-mobile. S55 motor is more of throaty and raunchy when launching
from the standstill when S600 just takes off effortlessly.
Given choice, I'd like V12 motor over V8. Yes, it is prestige...
Ivan Ivancic wrote:
Don't forget the 55 is an AMG car and the 600 is just part of the standard
SL55AMG has, deep breath, AMG brakes, AMG gearbox, AMG rear axel (steel not
alloy) AMG sports seats, AMG exhaust system, AMG software in the ABC system,
AMG aerodynamics, etc etc.
As others have said, the AMG is a sports car, the 600 is a gentleman's
I've driven both and the AMG suits me a lot better, I find generally that
older people prefer the 600.
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