The advancement of of an icon.
For generations, few cars have inspired desire like the SL. For 2018, it’s as inspiring as ever. Flowing LED headlamps sweep back from a shapely grille. Sculpted AMG body styling wraps around 19-inch or 20-inch wheels. And with its retractable hardtop, it’s perfectly proportioned as a sleek coupe and as a classic open roadster.
The romance of the open road.
The classic two-seat cockpit embraces its passengers like the SL hugs the road. Technologically forward yet rooted in tradition, its open-air passion is met with unmatched civility, from its available season-extending AIRSCARF system to innovative sun-reflecting leather that’s still carefully fitted to each seat by hand.
The enlightenment of lightness.
Nearly 140 kg lighter than its previous generation, the sophisticated body structure of the 2018 SL is crafted almost entirely from diecast, chilled-cast, hydroformed and extruded aluminum. With 20% greater rigidity, it tips the scales in favor of greater safety, comfort, and most of all, athletic performance.
The freedom of individuality.
With an expansive variety of leather upholstery colours and interior trim options, the SL cabin isn’t just impeccably crafted. It’s individually tailored. A rich palette of full-grain, smooth Nappa and superlatively supple designo leathers complement hand-finished matte or high-gloss wood, textured aluminum, natural bamboo or genuine carbon fibre.
No two ways about it: A biturbo for every SL
Much as the SL body generates more strength from lighter mass, its biturbo engines rouse more power and torque from less fuel. Both the 362-hp V6 in the SL 450 and the 449-hp SL 550 V8 employ ultra-precise tech like piezoelectric Direct Injection and multispark ignition. Both self-tune with millisecond speed to quicken your 0-100 rush.
From one man’s hands to yours: the Mercedes-AMG SL roadsters
Built and signed by its own “meister,” the heart of a Mercedes-AMG SL roadster is its handcrafted biturbo engine: a 577-hp V8 in the SL 63 and the SL 65’s 621-hp V12. Turning raw power into refined performance is a litany of engineering derived from a legacy of racing victory, from the growl of their exhaust to the grasp of their massive brakes.
Four tires on a mission: Corner-carving confidence
With rigid yet lightweight components, the 4-wheel multilink suspension teams with semi-active damping for crisp handling with silky smoothness. Industry-advancing Active Body Control (ABC) adds innovative curve-tilting on the SL 550 or as an SL 450 option. The AMG Sport Suspension, also based on ABC, is honed to even sharper, track-tuned edge.
Nine speeds and five modes: Always the driver’s choice
Lighter, quicker and more efficient, the 9G-TRONIC automatic puts a wider range of ratios with shorter steps between them, to keep you on top of the SL 450 and SL 550 torque curves. And DYNAMIC SELECT has a mode for every mood, adapting the throttle, shifting, steering and more from Comfort to Sport+. There’s even a mode you can customize.
Feel the sunny breeze, or switch on the shade.
The SL’s retractable power hardtop transforms from open roadster to cosseting coupe in seconds, even as you accelerate up to 40 km/h. The standard Panoramic roof features a see-through panel and sliding sunshade. For even more viewing options at the touch of a button, exclusive MAGIC SKY CONTROL lets you darken the overhead glass electrically.
Feel the bass, or sink into the sound.
Standard harman/kardon surround sound delivers 600 watts of lush audio, top-up or down. Innovative FrontBass® subwoofers use body structure elements as acoustic chambers. Or you can immerse yourself in the audible and visible richness of a 1,020-watt, 7.1-channel Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ system. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto are standard, too.**
Protective by nature: A 360-degree network of safety advances
The SL has long led the way in roadster safety: Its pop-up roll bar was an SL first. Today, Intelligent Drive takes driver assistance into a new era. A network of cameras, radar and Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC is just one way it eases your every journey.***
*National MSRP pricing is shown and is intended for information purposes only. Prices do not include taxes, levies, fees, freight and delivery charges, insurance and license fees, as well as any other products or services not listed that may be available to you through your selected Mercedes-Benz dealership. Vehicle prices subject to change without notice. Dealer may sell for less. These prices do not apply in provinces with total/all-in pricing requirements. Please contact your local dealership directly by phone or in person for exact pricing details and total prices applicable in those provinces.
**Apple CarPlay is a product of Apple Inc. Android Auto is a product of Google Inc. Device and app providers’ terms and privacy statements apply. Requires connected compatible device and data plan. Apps, content and features are selected solely by their providers. Connection to apps and streaming services may be limited by the device’s network connection. Data usage is routed through device and subject to fees, charges and restrictions in user’s wireless plan. Vehicle’s factory audio/information interface, including COMAND® navigation and the apps of Mercedes-Benz mbrace,® may not be used simultaneously with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. When Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is in use, the steering-wheel voice control button accesses Siri® or Google voice recognition software for voice commands.
***Even the most advanced safety systems may not be sufficient to avoid an accident. It is the driver’s responsibility at all times to be attentive to traffic and road conditions, and to provide the steering, braking and other driving inputs necessary to retain control of the vehicle. Drivers are cautioned not to wait for system alerts before braking or taking evasive action, as that may not afford sufficient time and distance. See Operator’s Manual for system’s operating speeds and additional information and warnings.