2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL65 AMG - Rating Details

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Vehicle Tested 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class SL65 AMG (6.0L 12-cyl. Turbocharged 7-speed Auto) Driven On 3/12/2013 Ratings Summary The ultimate version of the ultimate sport-luxury convertible costs a prince's ransom. But if you can afford it, there's no better way to bend time and space to your will while traveling in complete luxury.
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Performance The game-changing 7-speed transmission makes even better use of one of the most powerful engines in the world. Handling and braking are shockingly good considering this is no lightweight sports car.
Acceleration
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Without even trying, the SL65 wills itself to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. The power delivery of the twin-turbo V12 is electric-smooth, feels limitless.
Braking
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Confident and powerful brakes are able to withstand repeated, heavy use without loss of performance or stability. Optional carbon-ceramic brakes only necessary for track use.
Steering
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Friction-free and precise steering is appropriate for a grand tourer, but it lacks the tactile feel and feedback that dedicated sports-car junkies are looking for.
Handling
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With its standard active suspension, this SL's ability to grip without excess body roll is impressive. It's easy to settle into a brisk pace on a twisting road with confidence.
Driveability
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The SL65 has an ability to mask its impressive feats of performance with a silky-smooth drivability. It has a wide range of talents that make it great in all conditions.
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Comfort The sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz SL is how the jet-set travel when they must get around on terra firma. As such, it provides an uncompromisingly smooth ride, quiet cabin and seats that pamper until the tank is empty.
Seating Comfort
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Standard 12-way adjustable leather seats massage, are heated, ventilated and respond to cornering and emergency maneuvers. They should be classified as in-car entertainment.
Ride Comfort
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With standard Active Body Control, the SL's ride comfort is suited for long, smooth highway journeys as well as trips through downtown's potholed streets.
Quietness
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Left in Eco mode, the engine shuts off at a stop and outside ambient noise is held at bay. Yet, even at a 70-mph cruise, our instruments showed the SL65 to be very quiet.
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Interior The SL's interior blends old-world craftsmanship with new-world tech in a way that few makers can. There's more room than most 2-seaters, and its magic hardtop convertible is quick and versatile while still allowing for luggage access.
Ergonomics
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Within the realm of 1-knob multi-controllers, M-B's version is reasonably intuitive. Other controls, such as HVAC, are natural in operation and logically located.
Ingress/Egress
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The long doors can cause difficulty in narrow parking stalls. Programmable, automated motorized seat/steering wheel help with driver ingress-egress in this regard.
Space/Room
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The SL's cabin is airy despite narrow footwells. There's enough seat travel and headroom for tall occupants, plus a decent parcel shelf behind seats. Good small storage nooks.
Visibility
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The push-button dimmable-glass hardtop has slender pillars offering good outward visibility. Standard rearview camera, blind-spot monitor and lanekeeping help further.
Cargo/Storage
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For a roadster, the SL offers good cargo capacity and storage. With the top up, it holds 13.5 cu-ft of luggage, 8.5 cu-ft when the top is stowed. The cabin has good small storage.
Convertible Top
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The SL's one-touch retractable hardtop is still one of the best. For the SL65, it features standard push-button tinted glass. A special feature allows luggage access with top down.
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Value It's hard to imagine a $200K car being a good value, but the SL65's all-inclusive impeccable engineering, impressive comfort, standard equipment and off-the-shelf performance usually come as a la carte options in other cars in this class.
Build Quality (vs. $)
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Every material and surface is of high quality and each switch, knob, rocker and hinge operate with a well-oiled and substantial action. Paint and body panels are also impeccable.
Features(vs. $)
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Since the SL65 is essentially offered with every available Mercedes-Benz feature as standard equipment, this thing is expensive. But you get what you pay for right up front.
Cost
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About average for this elite class of vehicle.
MPG
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You can expect about 17 mpg in mixed driving like we did, but the twin-turbo V12 is capable of stretching that up to about 21 mpg on the highway with cruise control.
Warranty
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With so many manufacturers offering up to 100,000-mile warranties, a 4-year 50,000-mile (with Roadside Assistance) warranty seems rather weak for such a well-built machine.
Ownership
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Scheduled maintenance is determined by your driving habits, but is not included in the lofty price. Yet, most dealerships offer free pick-up/drop-off or loaner-car services.
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Fun To Drive Accelerating to warp-speed to enter a freeway, cruising along the coast with the top down, or snaking up a mountain road, the SL65 always manages to put a smile on our faces. Few cars offer this much fun in as many environments.
Driving Experience
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Every drive has a sense of occasion and is cause for celebration. You don't just drive an SL65 as much as it drives you and your mood.
Personality
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Sophisticated, superior, elegant and supremely capable, but the SL65's styling is sedate. At this price, some cars appear more exotic if that's what you're looking for.
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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Sl65-amg in VA is:

$152 per month*
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