With such huge twist on tap, you soon learn to stop chasing the redline and just ride the beefy torque curve. This is especially important on a twisty road, since lighting up the fat rear tires coming out of bends is a fruitless exercise that only results in speed reduction, rapid tire wear, and maybe even some heart-stopping moments.

While the MKB P1000 is the most powerful road-legal Mercedes-based car ever, because of the massive drag from its widebody, this is arguably the wrong SL model to use for top speed. And while I respect the mission, as a die-hard torque junkie, I just prefer the idea of using the normal factory axle ratio to experience its potential acceleration more of the time.

MKB SL65 P1000

Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive

6.0-liter V12, sohc, 36-valve. Balanced internals, handmade alloy intake tract, custom MKB-spec KKK turbos, custom intercoolers, ported and gas-flowed cylinder heads, MKB camshafts, custom springs, 200-cell metal catalysts, custom MKB exhaust, custom MKB software

Five-speed automatic

KW coilovers

OEM AMG assemblies

Wheels and Tires
MKB alloys, 9.5x19 (f), 11.5x20 (r)
Michelin Pilot Sport 2, 255/35 (f), 335/30 (r)

Peak Power: 1,015 hp @ 5700 rpm
Peak Torque: 959 lb-ft @ 3300 rpm
0-62 mph: 3.6 sec
Top Speed: 219 mph

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