2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Buyer's Guide

Mercedes-Benz's SL is the definitive luxury roadster. At home at the country club, blasting down an autobahn, or touring Italian switchbacks, the big Benz drop-top offers the joys of open-air motoring without compromising on refinement and luxury.

While the SL has always been a timeless modern-day classic, it isn't immune to the passing of time. And while the SL was hardly out of date, Benz felt it necessary to give its big roadster an update for 2017.

Changes to the new SL's styling are subtle but noticeable. Thinner headlamps with dual LED beams and a pointed front end have a far more aggressive look. AMG body accents now come standard and include a heavily sculpted front fascia, side sills and a rear bumper with integrated diffuser. Bigger side vents and redesigned wheels also add a sporting flair. An optional Night Package adds gloss black trim to the mirrors and diffusers for greater visual contrast. All SLs also get a logo projector, which beams the Mercedes-Benz crest from the side mirrors when locking and unlocking the vehicle. It was cool when the Evoque and Mustang offered it a few years ago, but it's a touch kitsch today.

After a lengthy hiatus, a six-cylinder powerplant option returns to Canadian-market SLs. The new base trim level, dubbed SL 450, features a twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 362 horsepower and 367 lb-ft of torque. One step up, the SL 550, uses a turbo'd 4.7-litre V8 that makes 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to Benz's new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission for improved performance and efficiency. Despite its "base" status, the V6 SL is hardly a slouch; Benz claims a 0-100 km/h time of 4.9 seconds, with the SL 550 shaving a further six-tenths off its time.

Buyers desiring more power can opt for one of two full AMG versions. The SL 63 AMG gets 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, while the SL 65 AMG uses Benz's flagship 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged V12. The latter engine makes 621 horsepower and a prodigious 737 lb-ft of torque. Both use an AMG-tuned seven-speed Speedshift automatic transmission; new tuning produces faster shifts.

While the SL has always offered effortless performance, Benz continues to make operating the SL even easier. Dynamic Select allows drivers to switch between one of five different driving modes that adjust parameters for steering, engine, and transmission. The available Intelligent Drive Package - standard on the SL 65, optional on others - now receives semi-autonomous driving abilities. Benz has even automated the trunk divider, which electronically and automatically moves the divider up and down when the trunk is unlocked for easier access to cargo.

With its power-operated air deflector, available adjustable-tint panoramic glass folding roof, and heated and ventilated seats, the SL is one of the most cosseting open-air experiences around. Benz saw little need to change the two-person cabin; new instruments, a new steering wheel, LED interior lighting, and an analogue clock sums up the changes. The infotainment system has also received an update, featuring new graphics, and Apple CarPlay, but the screen itself remains 7.0 inches -- it's on the small side for the segment.

Pricing for the SL 450 starts at $104,900, with the SL 65 AMG selling for $244,400.

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Specifications

There are 4 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $104,900 MSRP
10
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
362 hp @5250 rpm
Number of seats 2
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Body style Coupe
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2dr Roadster SL 450 $104,900 2 Coupe
2dr Roadster SL 450 362 hp @5250 rpm 369 ft-lb @1800 rpm 9-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Roadster SL 450 182.3" 73.9" 51.8" 101.8"
2dr Roadster SL 450
2dr Roadster SL 450 Leather Seats
2dr Roadster SL 450
2dr Roadster SL 450
2dr Roadster SL 550 $126,000 2 Coupe
2dr Roadster SL 550 449 hp @5250 rpm 516 ft-lb @1800 rpm 9-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Roadster SL 550 182.3" 73.9" 51.8" 101.8"
2dr Roadster SL 550
2dr Roadster SL 550 Leather Seats
2dr Roadster SL 550
2dr Roadster SL 550
2dr Roadster AMG SL 63 $165,200 2 Coupe
2dr Roadster AMG SL 63 577 hp @5500 rpm 664 ft-lb @2250 rpm 7-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Roadster AMG SL 63 182.7" 73.9" 51.2" 101.8"
2dr Roadster AMG SL 63
2dr Roadster AMG SL 63 Leather Seats
2dr Roadster AMG SL 63
2dr Roadster AMG SL 63
2dr Roadster AMG SL 65 $244,400 2 Coupe
2dr Roadster AMG SL 65 621 hp @5500 rpm 737 ft-lb @2300 rpm 7-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Roadster AMG SL 65 182.7" 73.9" 51.5" 101.8"
2dr Roadster AMG SL 65
2dr Roadster AMG SL 65 Leather Seats
2dr Roadster AMG SL 65
2dr Roadster AMG SL 65

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Mercedes-Benz / SL-Class

Average Rating

2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Trim: SL65 AMG
by PorscheLover on 12-07-2012
Pretty amazing
The mercedes benz is pretty amazing! Its exterior design is beautiful as well as its interior design. However, since it is electric, it is not to be trusted. This is because my car just stopped in the middle of the road, even when we had full fuel. It's pretty confusing, yet overall, I like it.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
3/5
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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Trim: SL500 AMG
by DonSin on 10-31-2012
Pure Bliss at a Fraction of the Original Cost
Best of both worlds - hardtop-convertible, comfort, style and power at 1/4 the cost of a new one...what more could one ask for?
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Trim: SL500
by Doug on 10-31-2012
The ride is described in two words...... Mercedes Benz
This car is not only one of the sportiest cars, it is also one of the nicest riding autos even today. With over 320 hp, the fuel economy is better than most v8s built. The quality of car you get for the price is unbeatable.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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