It may not be the most expensive model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but the SL is a car that will always stand out as one of the automaker’s best. The SL is Mercedes’ big grand tourer convertible but its name actually derives from the German words “sport leicht”, which translates to sport light. It was first applied to the 300SL Gullwing model and has since gone on to appear on five different generations.
The current generation Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, the R230 series, was given a major facelift in 2009 which brought it to its present design. It is a luxurious two-seater convertible with an automated folding hard-top roof and in the U.S. is available with either V-8 or V-12 powertrains.
The base model comes with a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that develops a peak output of 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. This model would suit you if you like a comfortable ride with adequate performance when required.
The more interesting models are the SL63 and SL65...