Just the night before the LA Auto Show kicked off officially,
Mercedes unveiled their latest 2017 Mercedes SL roadster, a car
that has a rich history that goes back 60 years.
Since its launch, the SL has been an icon of beauty and luxury,
a must have for top stars and political figures. The likes of
Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra used to have one. Even
Argentina’s former head of state Juan Peron had one too. Even
when Mercedes introduced the new nomenclature, the SL still
retained its old name tag. The two-seater coupe design is
inspired by the 300 SL Panamericana racing icon of the 1950s
especially on the front end.
The SL is the first car that comes to mind when movie directors
need a car to depict the luxurious lifestyle of a young
super-rich character in their movies.
2017 Mercedes SL Exterior
The exterior profile has been altered and now looks more
premium compared to the smaller and less expensive sibling
SLK-Class which will help tell them apart. The front has been
completely redesigned and now features a modified grille with a
diamond-pattern texture similar to the Panamericana race car.
The new grille is flanked by redesigned LED headlamps. The
front bumper features larger air intakes. Its hood has also
been tweaked and now features dual-power domes that give it a
The rear features LED taillights and a rounded deck lid.
The rear also features some sharp angles and revised exhaust
tips with a chrome finish. The SL450 and SL550 will ride on
either 5-spoke or 10-spoke, 19-inch wheels while the AMG will
add 6 more wheels designs. The exterior is also offered in two
additional colors which are the Selenite Grey Magno and
Brilliant Blue. The entire structure is made of aluminum which
has helped reduce its curb weight by 220 lbs.
2017 Mercedes SL Interior
The interior of the cabriolet gets a minor refresh. The
interior is upholstered in leather with an option for the
premium Nappa leather. The multimedia system has received an
update and now comes with Apple CarPlay. Ambient interior
lighting is offered as an option.
For 2017, the vehicle comes with Harman Kardon surround-audio
system as standard. If you still want more, you can opt for the
optional Bang & Olufsen audio system on AMG models. The
cabin will accommodate four passengers. Its hard top is now
operable at speeds up to 25 mph.
The new 2017 Mercedes SL also comes with an electronically
darkening Magic Sky Control LCD roof made of a glass panel but
it’s offered on optional basis. The automaker has also added an
automatic trunk separator that moves when the top is lowered
eliminating the need to put it in place manually before
dropping the top in situations when the trunk is already empty.
Other features include two USB ports on the center console,
nighttime mood lighting with 3-color choices, Android Auto,
Stitcher radio, SiriusXM radio, Spotify and the automaker’s
Command Online system which features live traffic updates.
When it comes to safety matters, Mercedes has equipped the
roadster with parking sensors and a collision warning system as
standard. The full Driver Assistance Package comes at an extra
cost. Among others, the package includes lane keep assist,
blind spot warning, autonomous braking and automatic
Engine Specs and Performance
Mercedes has made things more exciting under the SL’s hood. The
drive-trains have been upgraded for more power.
The SL450 has replaced the S400 as the base model. It comes
with a 3.0 L, twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with a new
9-speed automatic transmission system. The engine comes good
with 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque representing a 33 hp
increase in output compared with the outgoing model. The power
pushes the vehicle to make the 0-60 mph run in 4.9 seconds.
The SL550 on the other hand is powered by a 4.7 L, twin-turbo
V8 which is carried over with the same 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of
torque. However, due to the new 9-speed transmission, the
vehicle runs faster and makes the 0-60 mph run in 4.3 seconds,
0.2 seconds quicker than the outgoing model.
At the top of the Mercedes-Benz SL Class are the two AMG-tuned
models. The AMG SL63 is equipped with a 5.5 L, twin-turbo V12
engine which comes good with 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque
while the AMG SL65 is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 6.0 L,
V12 engine capable of produces 630 hp and a massive 738 lb-ft
of torque. Both engines are paired with AMG’S Speedshift MCT
seven-speed transmission. The SL63 accelerates from 0-60 mph in
4.1 seconds while the SL65 makes the same run in 4.0 seconds.
Official EPA fuel economy ratings are yet to be released by the
automaker but the SL450 is estimated to return 30 mpg in
combined drives while the SL550 returns 26 mpg in combined
Price and release date
The German automaker has not announced the SL prices as of this
writing. However, we expect the price to remain relatively
unchanged compared to the outgoing model. The base
Mercedes-Benz SL400 which has been replaced by SL450 has a
starting MSRP price of $ 85,050. The high performing AMG SL65
attracts as much as $ 217,550.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL will face competition from the 2016
Jaguar F-Type Convertible and Porsche 911 Cabriolet.