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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class - Review


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Mercedes-Benz has renewed its vows with a legendary luxury good—the SL Class—for 2013, and while this new generation of the brand's iconic, lavish roadster stays its course, for the most part, as more of a touring car than a sports car, it grows more intense, more dynamically capable, and impossibly, more luxurious than ever before.

That aside for a moment, the new SL doesn't spare controversy in its styling. With its open-jawed look in front and huge three-pointed star emblem branded big to the grille, along with aggressive-looking lower bodywork and finned side air vents, the SL bids farewell to the ever-stoic design of some earlier SL models, with a look that suggests it played hookie at finishing school. While subtlety is no longer in its repertoire, this is a car that's never going to be in the same company as a Corvette or Viper; it's clearly eying high-and-mighty touring models like the Ferrari California,, Maserati GranTurismo, Jaguar XKR-S, and even Aston Martin...

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