...Powertrains and Performance: The base SL550 has a 5.5-liter V8 with 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque -- enough to sprint from zero to 60 in just over 5 seconds. The SL55 AMG has a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 with 510 hp and 531 lb-ft. The SL600 sports a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V12 with the same 510 hp, but its 612 lb-ft make acceleration feel even more forceful. Finally, the SL65 AMG has a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 that makes an astounding 604 hp and 738 lb-ft and is good for blasting the car from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. All transmissions are automatics (seven speeds on the...
...The AMG versions come equipped with tighter suspensions performance-tuned by technicians at the AMG shop in Germany.The interiors of the SL-Class roadsters provide a wide range of creature comforts, including hand-fitted leather upholstery, Burl Walnut or Black Ash wood trim, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, premium Harman Kardon digital surround-sound audio systems, 6-CD/DVD changers, dual-zone climate control, and Bluetooth with enhanced voice control. A 40-gigabyte hard-drive-based in-dash navigation system also comes standard. In addition, the SL600 includes multicontour seats...
...but could tell I was nearing the constraints of the cabin when attempts to move the driver's seat farther backward resulted in the backrest tilting forward without my help. My test car had the optional dynamic multicontour seats, which include all sorts of fancy adjustments, like a power height-adjustable head restraint, power-adjustable side bolsters, a power-extendable seat cushion and a massage setting. These seats have firm cushioning and are highly supportive. They're covered in soft leather, as are the steering wheel, dashboard, center console and doors. Hand-polished wood trim is...
...Interior The SL-Class' two-person cockpit carries over relatively unchanged. Leather and wood trim are used, and the power-adjustable seats are heated. Standard features include a navigation system, Bose sound system and dual-zone automatic air conditioning. The SL55 AMG and SL65 AMG include carbon-fiber trim, and the AMG steering wheel adds aluminum shift paddles. Under the Hood Powered by a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 that drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission, the SL550 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in a claimed 5.4 seconds. Both the SL55 AMG's...
David Coulthard is a man who knows how to handle himself behind the wheel of a car. He's capable of remaining calm at very high speeds. But what if the speeds are slower and... read more August 2, 2013 by Jeff Glucker
Italian design students recently got a chance to ply their burgeoning skills on a real-world concept. The design house StudioTorino teamed up with Mercedes-Benz to build a... read more June 24, 2013 by Jeff Glucker
The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, in stock form, pumps out some 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque from its twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12 engine. Before you add a single... read more February 26, 2013 by Kurt Ernst
Following a recent investigation into the harmful effects of a new type of refrigerant used in the air conditioner in the latest 2013 SL Class, Mercedes-Benz has decided to... read more October 8, 2012 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
For six decades, the Mercedes-Benz SL Class has been one of the most iconic luxury sports cars on the market. In recognition of this, Mercedes-Benz is presenting a tribute to... read more August 17, 2012 by Kurt Ernst