Love at first sight. Again.
The iconic SL roadster has never undergone evolution so much as continual revolution, always teaming innovation with invigoration. For 2017, the SL’s once again takes its timeless appeal a great leap forward with new styling, industry-leading driver assists, and a stable of thoroughbred biturbo powerplants. From its new Active LED High Performance Lighting System to its power Panoramic hardtop, it’s an ultramodern expression of the classic sports car. Its two-seat cockpit envelops you in time-honoured craftsmanship and state-of-the-art connectivity. And its performance, like its sensuous looks, is seductive in every curve, and from any angle.
For generations, few cars have inspired desire like the SL. For 2017, it’s even more inspiring. Flowing new LED headlamps sweep back from a reshaped grille—featuring a glistening chrome diamond texture on the SL 450 and SL 550 roadsters. AMG lower body styling wraps around 19′ or 20′ wheels in an array of designs. And with its signature retractable hardtop, it’s perfectly proportioned as both a sleek closed coupe or classic open roadster.
Four biturbo powerplants employ such innovative technology as rapid-multispark ignition and a low-friction design to turn less fuel into more power and torque, while leaving behind fewer emissions. Choices range from a muscular new 362-hp V-6 to a supernatural 621-hp AMG V-12. A smoother, lighter, quicker and more efficient new 9-speed automatic transmission teams with the SL 450 V-6 and SL 550 V-8.
Along with standard heating, power adjustment and a 3-position memory system, the twin sport seats can include such sumptuous features as optional Climate Comfort ventilation and Drive-Dynamic Multicontour adjustment. The Drive-Dynamic seats also offer a menu of massages from soothing to vigorous. And advanced treatment of the leather or Nappa leather upholstery helps it reflect the sun’s rays, enhancing summer comfort and long-term appearance.
Nearly 140 kg lighter than its predecessor, the sophisticated body structure of the 2017 SL is crafted almost entirely from aluminum that’s created from a variety of methods, including stamping, diecasting, chilled-casting, hydroforming and extrusion. With 20% greater rigidity, it tips the scales in favour of greater safety, more refined comfort, better efficiency and, above all, highly athletic performance.
Built and signed by its own master engine builder, the heart of an AMG SL roadster is its handcrafted biturbo engine: a V-8 in the Mercedes-AMG SL 63 and the Mercedes-AMG SL 65’s V-12. Turning raw power into refined performance is a litany of engineering derived from a legacy of racing victory, from the growl of their exhaust to the grasp of their massive brakes.
**** These estimates are based on Government of Canada testing methods. The actual fuel consumption of this vehicle may vary. Refer to the Government of Canada Fuel Consumption Guide.