Overall
4
Comfort
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4.8/5
Performance
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4/5
Fuel Economy
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2/5
Interior
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4.5/5
Exterior Styling
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4/5

Noting that mostly identical interior, those virtually identical performance numbers, and the two SL AMG’s virtually identical looks, you could make a decent case that those V12 badges on the SL 65’s flanks are the most expensive badges in the business. Okay, the differences are not quite that minimal, as there’s a unique, impossibly polished luster to the SL 65 AMG’s overall personality that’s a smidgen more refined than the supremely cultured SL 63. And closer in ethos and on-road manners to the Bentley Continental GT Speed convertible rival than any of Benz’s usual German market foes, though without the Bentley’s tiny back seats.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG. Click image to enlarge

With this V12 engine shared only with the CL 65 that’s about to be replaced by the S-Class Coupe next year, the SL 65 AMG in this form may not be long for this earth either. Either way, it is undoubtedly a super exclusive and sophisticated machine aimed at buyers who clearly want the ultimate in luxury and cultured dynamics in their posh convertible, and simply don’t have to ask how much more it costs.

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Manufacturer’s Website
Mercedes-Benz Canada

Photo Gallery:
Quick Spin: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG

Pricing: 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG
Base price: $242,500
Price as tested: (est.) $255,000

Competitors:
Audi RS5 Cabriolet
Bentley Continental GT Convertible
BMW M6 Cabriolet
Jaguar XKR-S Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

Crash test ratings:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety




About Michael Bettencourt

Michael Bettencourt is on the World Car of the Year jury, has been a long-time AJAC member, and is on its Technology of the Year judging panel.