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The new-for-2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 adds a twin-turbocharged V6 to the SL-Class mix, along with a significantly reduced base price. On the other end of the spectrum, the SL65 AMG gets a new 7-speed automatic transmission to go with its 621-horsepower twin-turbo V12 engine.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is all-new inside and out. The trio of turbocharged engines receive notable bumps in horsepower, and despite the additional thrust, fuel consumption for the 2013 SL550 has been reduced by roughly 30-percent. Mercedes-Benz has also bolstered the SL's luxury quotient, as a host of exclusive creature comforts and infotainment services combine to create a new level of sophistication for the 60-year-old nameplate.
Major exterior revisions for 2009 include the addition of a single bar grille and more angular headlamps, a twin power dome hood and louvered side gills. AIRSCARF, a feature that blows warm air across the back and neck, is offered for the first time. New standard features on the SL600 and SL65 AMG include the Panorama Roof, AIRSCARF and Parktronic, while a new model, the SL63 AMG, debuts with a new Multi-Clutch Transmission (MCT).
Driving a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class doesn't just mean you've made it. It means you want the world to know you've made it. As classic a status symbol as a Rolex watch or Fendi bag, Mercedes-Benz nonetheless lowers the bar for this kind of symbolism with the introduction of the SL400 for the 2015 model year. With a twin-turbo V6 engine, it gives up very little in performance compared to its V8 siblings, but costs more than $20,000 less. However, when even the "cheap" one is still nearly $85,000 to start, you're in rarefied air. Other cars like the Jaguar XK, Porsche 911 and BMW 6 Series all offer performance, panache and luxury for similar prices, yet none can match the prestige of this classic Mercedes-Benz.
By Jim B on Monday, October 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,596overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Attractive, sporty and great performance"
Cons: "Rattles and compression thumping"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"The car is attractive, sporty and performs great. However, it has more rattles that a baby's nursery and has a compression thump when traveling between 45 and 53 mph. It is frustrating to pay in excess of $100,000 for a car and have to put up with these things. And the only option put forth by the dealer is for me to come in and spend time with the shop people to point out the problems - not how I want to spend a day and it shouldn't be necessary. Between the rattles and the thumping I will likely dump the car and quit being a Mercedes fan. I have owned quite a few Mercedes over the years (Currently own an S, ML, CLK and this one.) This will likely be my last Mercedes."
1 person out of 1 found this review helpful
By DoubleT on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "looks, ride, quality, room & technology"
Cons: "must be stopped to manually enter address on GPS"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This time I compared to a Maserati and Porsche. This is my 6th SL ... I have also had 5 Jag convertibles and a BMW 650. The Porsche had a weak engine sound, had an uncomfortable seat, no room for my golf clubs .... and while new for 2013 ... still looked like the aged porsche. The Masserati was just plain old. Sexy in appearance and sound, but reminded me of the first BMW 645. They discount these cars so the Maserati, Porsche & Mercedes were all within $5k. The Mercedes has a trunk that hold my golf back with the top down ... the distronics really works. The car is a low 4 second car to 60, but in florida, there are no winding mountain roads, so I did not rated any of the cars on cornering. The interior is great and the high tech the most intuitive of the bunch. My car has all the options including the spoiler on the trunk. What a car."
13 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By GoBlue on Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great fun to drive,"
Cons: "Only room for two!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The SL has always been a Mercedes icon. Owned for 3 1/2 years, European delivery, 100 on autobahn, rock steady, corners absolutely level, room for 2 for three weeks on road, assembly perfect, upholstery and fittings first-rate, fast (0-60 5.4 seconds) and braking top-notch. Quiet with top down, even at highway speed. No shakes, squeaks, rattles after 3 1/2 years. Mechanics and electronics totally reliable. Feels like carved from granite, but agile. Reasonable gas mileage (18 city, 27 highway)"
7 people out of 9 found this review helpful