Because the 2014 Mercedes SL's electromechanical Direct-Steer system filters out more road feedback than necessary, you won't experience the razor-sharp handling of, say, a
Porsche Boxster. Then...
... again, Mercedes' hardtop convertible doesn't aspire to be a Porsche Boxster, and even with the SL's eyes on comfort, you'll still find an engaging driving experience when a twisty road calls. Should you decide to answer with your right foot, you'll enjoy tenacious grip with the Active Body Control system that virtually eliminates body roll. The system is available on SL550 models and standard on the AMG versions. Braking power is also more than adequate, especially with the carbon-ceramic setup on AMG models. At $12,625, they cost nearly as much as an economy car. Also not surprising should be the 2014 SL-Class's monstrous power, sent to the rear wheels via a slick 7-speed automatic transmission. Ranging from 429 horsepower to 621, rest assured that merging isn't a problem.