Photos of Mercedes-Benz’s updated SL hit the web last week so we already know about the cosmetic changes made to the car, which feature primarily at the front. Now, however, the car has made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show and we have all the juicy details to tell you.
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The updated SL goes on sale late next spring, as a 2017 model, and we’re glad to report that more power has been added to the base car. The luxury convertible also benefits from Mercedes’ latest nine-speed automatic transmission, though the Mercedes-AMG sledgehammers stick with their seven-speed Speedshift autos.
The range kicks off with a new SL450 model, which replaces the SL400 added for 2015. This base model is still powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 but now there’s 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque on tap, up from 329 hp and 354 lb-ft previously.
The SL550 continues with its twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8, which was upgraded to 449 hp and 516 lb-ft for 2016, while Mercedes-AMG’s SL63 and SL65 continue with their respective twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 and twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engines. The SL63 is good for 577 hp and 664 lb-ft while the SL65 throws down a massive 621 hp and 738 lb-ft. The V-12 model is the quickest of the bunch, needing just 4.0 seconds to hit 60 mph. Top speed is limited to 186 mph.
Performance of the cars can be adjusted by the standard Dynamic Select driving modes selector. Thanks to this feature, at the touch of a button the driver can adjust numerous vehicle settings such as the setup for the engine, transmission, suspension and steering, ranging from fuel-saving to sports modes.
Steel suspension is standard and features continuously variable dampers, which can be adjusted via the aforementioned Dynamic Select system. As an option, Mercedes offers its Active Body Control with the latest curve tilting function that debuted in the S-Class Coupe and Convertible models. This system helps to reduces body movements when moving off, braking and cornering by adjusting the suspension spring struts constantly via hydraulic means.