Fast Times

With its light aluminum body, monster engine, and hot drop-top style, the 2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG Roadster is made for having a blast

A family ride this is most definitely not. Mercedes Benz’s new 2013 SL63 AMG Roadster is a 2-seater made for top-down, tune-blasting speed runs — and much more. This year, the brand takes the SL63 engine to a road-shattering next level, trading in the old naturally aspirated V8 for a twin-turbocharged version rated at an impressive 530 hp. But that isn’t all that gets this car moving faster than its predecessors…with the 2013 model, Benz is also debuting an ultra-light aluminum unibody, which cuts 250 pounds of weight without compromising an ounch of strength or safety. Less weight plus more engine…hmmm…we figure you can do the math…or at least get an idea of what to expect with this adrenaline-pumping ride. Throw in a specially designed Bang & Olufsen surround sound system for optimum tunes while in motion and a tasty jar of peanuts, and you’ve got everything you need for a perfect afternoon cruise around town or a road trip of a lifetime to your favorite destination; $105,500;