In a segment where it’s all about being seen, buying last year’s model is a major faux pas. So with a brand new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class just unveiled, we’d only recommend you buy the outgoing 2012 model if you’re getting a really good deal.
Having said that, the 2012 SL Class is still every bit as lovely and talented as when it made its debut almost a decade ago. Yes, the SL has a timeless design that will likely ensure it turns heads even well into the next model’s run.
You’ll also never get tired of the SL’s engine lineup, which for 2012 has been pruned to just two V-8 options. The base model is the SL 550, which comes with a naturally-aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 rated at 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque.
Our pick, however, is SL63 AMG model, which comes with a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 that’s hand-built and rated at 465 horsepower and 518 pound-feet of torque.
Either will get you to 60 mph in around 5.0 seconds...
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