By KBB.com Editors
In the world of premium and exotic roadsters, only a handful of vehicles offer the exclusivity, performance and overall reliability of the Mercedes-Benz SL. Highlighting its stunning exterior is a clever retractable hardtop, allowing the SL to serve as both coupe and convertible. The SL's varied model line delivers performance ranging from impressively quick to awesomely fast, and the car's extensive list of safety features is unsurpassed in this category. Few exotics can match the SL's impressively smooth and comfortable ride, either. Price may be the SL's only Achilles' heel, with the lowest-priced SL starting tens of thousands of dollars higher than a BMW 650i or Jaguar XK.You'll Like This Car If...
The SL is more than just a performance dynamo; it's an attention grabber. The car looks as good with the power-operated hardtop covering the cockpit as it does when the top is retracted. If you believe a car should signal to the world the level of your success, the SL is the perfect spokesperson.You May Not Like This Car If...
The only reason not to like the SL is the price. Don't feel bad; well over 90 percent of the rest of us can't afford one, either.What's Significant About This Car?
The 382-horsepower SL550 replaces the SL500, while the SL55 AMG and SL600 both receive a slight boost in horsepower. A minor front end freshening, some new interior colors and a 50th anniversary SL550 set to debut later in the model year mark the visible changes for 2007.Driving It Driving Impressions
As you drive the SL you'll feel exactness in the steering wheel and brakes and in the way the car corners and copes with emergency situations. What you don't feel is the army of computers monitoring, controlling and adjusting every facet of the SL driving experience. Mercedes-Benz has equipped the SL with Active Body Control, an innovative suspension that helps keep the car level in sharp turns. The system can also detect when a rollover is imminent, activating the pop-up rollover bar. The SL550 combines both power and price into a very desirable package. Powered by a 382-horsepower V8, the SL550 rockets from dead stops like a stone leaving a slingshot, perhaps leaving one wondering just what in the world you might do with all the power of the other even more-potent SL variants.Favorite Features
The SL's retractable hardtop works flawlessly and, when in place, is as handsomely appointed inside as any Mercedes coupe.
Panorama Glass Panel Top
The optional panorama glass panel top puts a unique twist on the retractable hardtop design.