Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review – Research New & Used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Models | Edmunds

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The Mercedes-Benz is all-new for 2013.

Once a retractable-hardtop convertible, it weighs than its predecessor thanks to extensive use of aluminum construction. The new SL is a bigger and more rigid while an even larger of luxury, convenience and safety is available.

The current SL lineup consists of models. The SL550 features a twin-turbo V8 that produces 429 and 516 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel a seven-speed automatic transmission and an stop/start system for improved economy are standard.

It shouldn’t be that there is a substantial of available equipment for the SL550. standard items like seats, navigation and a whole of media types, you can augment the SL just about every Mercedes offers. Automatic control, ventilated seats, leather upholstery and the AirScarf warming system are just the tip of a deep iceberg.

These for the most part are also on the two high-performance AMG models, which are by specific powertrain, steering, and brake upgrades to go with visual enhancements inside and The SL63 gets a 5.5-liter V8 good for 530 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque in its form, while the optional AMG package bumps it up to 557 hp and 664 lb-ft of A seven-speed automated manual is standard.

The SL65 AMG comes a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 that 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. It gets a seven-speed automatic.

With its sizable dimensions, the boasts what could be the most accommodating cabin of any convertible. Drivers taller 6 feet will fit with room to spare, and there’s a decent amount of storage The trunk is roomy with the top and big enough for even large

You’ll have to pack should you want to lower the but the remaining trunk space is adequate.

As for the roof itself, it a novel feature of the SL even if its structure and graceful movements are now old Spanning almost the entire of the car, its panoramic glass provides a wonderfully open even when the weather you remain indoors. With Magic Sky Control, this panel goes from degrees of transparent to dark.

of a giant, driver-controlled pair of sunglasses.

In total, the Mercedes-Benz is an innovative, refined and exciting luxury car. Those ultimate driving precision and will be better served by one of its exotic rivals, but for top-down touring, it is tough to beat.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Models

The Mercedes-Benz SL was produced from through 2012; however, a refresh for ’09 means earlier cars can be differentiated by less aggressive styling and generations of Mercedes electronics The steering and suspension were altered at this time for precise handling.

Regardless of year, this roadster was one of our editors’ favorite of any sort. With a beautifully retractable hardtop that just the touch of a button to or lower, this SL offered the fun of an roadster along with the and quiet comfort of a closed Although it was produced for a very time by automotive industry this SL’s overall never really waned to prudent updates to its equipment, and the aforementioned electronics.

Upon generation’s release for 2003, the SL consisted of just the SL500 V8 with 302 hp), but it was joined by the AMG a few months later. Besides its supercharged V8, the 55 came with suspension, steering, brakes and elements.

Mercedes SL 350

The V12-powered SL600 making 493 hp) debuted in 2004, as did a automatic for the SL500. The SL65 AMG the following year and was produced 2011. It essentially took the performance upgrades from the AMG SL and bolstered it with a 6.0-liter V12 good for 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. V12 models featured an older automatic better able to with these models’ torque.

For 2007, the SL55 and SL600 received power bumps up to and the SL500 was replaced by the SL550, featured a 5.5-liter V8 and a much robust 382 hp.

Besides the wealth of previously described changes for the SL63 supplanted the SL55. The AMG came with a 6.2-liter V8 for 518 hp and a new seven-speed automated manual The hyper, low-volume SL65 AMG Series was also produced for year only.

There was no SL-Class, and the SL600 was discontinued at the time.

With its effortless adaptive suspension, fast-retracting and wealth of luxury and safety we’ve found it was easy to in love with this of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. Our complaints are centering chiefly on the SL’s version of Mercedes’ COMAND which even in its final used a dash-mounted multidirection pad rather than the more console-mounted knob of newer In total, a well-loved used should make a wonderful car, with the same of timeless appeal shared its illustrious predecessors.

The 1990-2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class six-, eight- and 12-cylinder choices. Prior to 1994, the were named slightly as the numbers came before the Six-cylinder cars (300SL and made 228 hp, the 500SL/SL500 offered 322 or 302 hp on the year) and the 600SL/SL600 made 389 hp.

The could be matched to either a manual or five-speed automatic, the V8 and V12 versions initially came a four-speed automatic only. were upgraded to a five-speed in 1996.) Apart from a system, these cars be had with most any luxury and feature, such as dual-zone control, integrated cell HID headlights and stability control.

this generation of the Mercedes SL spirited performance, decent and plenty of luxury, the driving proved disappointing to our staff. The were steering that somewhat loose on center, a that lacked this typically solid feel rise to interior squeaks) and that, although strong in situations, felt mushy in use. At the time, we also the Benz SL was overpriced compared to competing luxury roadsters, depreciation has largely negated potential drawback.

With a run that lasted 18 years, the 1972-’89 SL was much both in terms of the vehicle and trim levels, than the that followed. This SL was powered by various V8 engines, with a 4.5-liter (around hp), changing to a 3.8-liter of 155 hp and then adopting a stout (227 hp) for the final years. The of these SLs went from (only for 1972) to 450SL, and then 560SL.

Although you may see a advertised, be warned that a gray-market car, a European modified by some unknown to meet U.S. emissions and standards. For obvious reasons, we you steer clear of a gray-market

Enthusiasts interested in older will want to explore Model History section for the SL-Class .

If you are looking for older visit our used Mercedes-Benz page.

For more on past SL-Class models, view our SL-Class history page.

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