Chris Harris Explores 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG’s Bipolar Talents

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Mercedes’ new 660lb-ft sports cruiser is put through its paces in St. Tropez.

In his latest installment for Drive, Chris Harris, the consummate auto journalist, takes a good look at the 2012 Mercedes SL63 AMG.

125kg lighter than the 1,970kg 525hp outgoing model, the standard 2012MY 5.4-liter V8 has 537hp to play with matched by 590lb-ft of torque. Naturally Chris has the performance pack model, which boasts 564hp and a ludicrous 663lb-ft of torque. Starting off with a gentle cruise around St. Tropez with the roof down, Chris moves up through the gears, turning the car to manual and the ESP into sport mode and instantly discovers the car's schizophrenic personality; from an old man's cruiser to an animal with a flick of a couple of switches.

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