This 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class video review includes information about the SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG. We compare them to other luxury coupe and convertible models, as well as discuss their engines, fuel economy, price, features and power retractable hardtop.
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is the ultimate two-seat luxury convertible. We've never met a soul who wouldn't love to own one.
Pricing starts around $106,000 for the SL550 model, but with a typical load of options (as the car in the video features), $125,000 is more realistic. That sounds like a lot, but it pales in comparison to the more powerful SL63 AMG, which starts just shy of $150,000, and the SL65, which costs over $200,000.
Competitors are few at this level, but they are incredibly impressive. However, none of them have the SL's retractable hardtop, which goes down in just 15 seconds. The top goes back up in 19 seconds. It seals the cabin so well that you feel like you're driving a coupe.
Every feature you could ever imagine having in a car is available in the SL550. Navigation is standard, high-end audio is standard, and the leather and wood are top-grade. The seats can even give you a massage. The adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts your speed to maintain a safe following distance, and Active Parking Assist will essentially park the car for you. In addition to comprehensive airbag protection, the SL has the Pre-Safe system, which can apply full braking force to help you avoid a crash.
The Mercedes-Benz SL550 comes with a V8 engine. Fuel economy is decent with estimated ratings of 16 city/24 highway/19 combined mpg, but most owners will be focused on the car's rapid acceleration. The cockpit is well protected from wind. If you get cold, you can turn on the Air Scarf, which directs warm air at your neck.
Despite its aggressive styling, the Mercedes-Benz SL is not a true sports car like the Porsche 911. Instead, it offers a fantastic ride that makes it a natural for long road trips, although there's not much room to stow your luggage with the top down. Then again, if you can afford an SL550, you can probably afford to ship your bags to your final destination.