2017 Mercedes Benz SL-Class

2017 Mercedes Benz SL-Class
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  • Mercedes Benz SL-Class
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    362 @ 5500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    369 @ 1800
  • Displacement:
    3.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    85000 (Est.)
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The SL-Class is one of the most iconic namplates in Mercedes’ storied history, as it dates all the way back to the legendary 300SL that debuted in 1954. The second, third, and fourth generations debuted in 1963, 1972, and 1989, respectively, and all brought significant changes.

The fifth-gen SL launched in 2003, and Mercedes gave it a significant facelift in 2008. Finally in 2012, the sixth-generation SL debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, but it quickly became evident that it needed work to help separate it from the smaller SLK. This leads us to the revised version of the SL that has launched at the 2015 LA Auto Show, in preparation for the the 2016 model year in the U.S.

The new SL sports highly revised front and rear fascias with new headlights, taillights, and an all-new hood. The top is also reworked, allowing the power-folding hardtop to open and close at speed up to 40 kph, or 25 mph. The interior also sees some improvements, though not as drastic as the exterior. Fit and finish are said to be improved and the steering wheel has been updated.

The SL model range is getting revisions itself. The entry-level model has moved from the SL400 to the SL450, thanks to a revised V-6 engine with more power. The V-8 engine carries over from last year, keeping its SL550 designation. The same is true for the two AMG variants, the V-8-powered SL63 and the V-12-powerd SL65.

So let’s take a look at the refreshed SL-Class.

Updated 12/04/2015: Mercedes dropped a very interesting commercial for its latest SL. Hit play to watch it and let us know what do you think about it!

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

 

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A new SL is coming and the AMG version might as well look like this

There’s no hiding from the fact that the 2020 SL is an old car. Sure, it still has some fire in its belly as far as attractiveness stands, but all its bones are old and so is the tech that gives them life.

The good news is that Mercedes-Benz knows it’s time to churn out a new-generation SL, and it’s bound to arrive in 2022. Here’s what it might look like according to this render that’s based on recent spyshots of 2022 SL test mules doing their pre-production dance.

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Once one of the most recognizable Mercedes-Benz cars to roam the roads, the SL might not live for longer in the form we all know and love. Blame that on people having the hots for SUVs and crossovers but also on stricter emissions standards.

The Germans have already axed the range-topping V-12 Mercedes-AMG SL 65 as well as the SL 63, which was made redundant by the AMG GT convertible. So in these uncertain times for the roadster, it’s good to see one of its previous iterations being brought to life as a slammed speedster, albeit in the digital world.

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The Mercedes SL-Class as you know it today entered the market back in 2013, and it’s about time we see a next-gen model. It is, quite honestly, the oldest model in Merc’s lineup right now since the SLC has been discontinued. Way back in 2018, we learned (or heard rumors, rather) that the AMG SL73 could be making a comeback with the introduction of the seventh-gen model, and a new leak points to a handful of new AMG SL models, one of which is the SL73. Well, kind of.

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When you take your Mercedes-Benz to attend singing lessons

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If you search the internet, you’ll find people asking how to make their 2-liter grocery-getters sound like muscle cars or how to make an ordinary car sound like a generic race car. While you may be insulted by the mere idea of installing an exhaust system that radically changes the noise a car produces no matter the rpm, you can’t argue that it can be fun to stroll in a dull-looking sedan that screams like a Ferrari at will. It’s gimmicky, sure, but it’ll raise many eyebrows and annoy many neighbors. That is especially true if you go for the Brilliant Exhaust, an exhaust that looks normal from the outside but is amazingly resourceful in the sound department.

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Dated design with exclusive features inside and out

The Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition is a special-edition version of the company’s familiar and fairly old SL roadster. Based on the sixth-generation SL, upgraded most recently for the 2017 model year, the Grand Edition is probably the last hurrah for the dated roadster, which should be replaced by 2021. Described as an "especially exclusive" Mercedes-Benz, the Grand Edition is indeed a more bespoke version of the SL, but upgrades are limited to special color and trim on the outside and a new leather upholstery inside the cabin. The Grand Edition also rides on a sportier suspension, but it features the same engines as the standard model. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

Updated 03/20/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition that were taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!

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If you haven’t seen the first three videos put together in collaboration between Ac Milan and Toyo Tires, you’ve seriously missed out. We’ve added those down below so you can catch up, but before you do we need to tell you about the fourth collaboration titled: “Ac Milan in Japanimation.” It’s a completely different animal compared to the previous videos, this time staring four key players from not only AC Milan but Gamba Osaka as well. It was filmed in Japan and Italy, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that Toyo commissioned none other than Yoichi Takahashi, the creator of the very popular and long-running manga series, Captain Tsubasa.

As such, this video is a unique mix of reality and animation in the best way, with AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez taking on Gamba Osaka players, Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu. What starts out as a scene with Montolivo reading a manga, quickly turns into a showdown not only between the two teams but a Mercedes G63 (represented by AC Milan) and a Mercedes SL400 that’s represented by Gamba Osaka. While the players in natural and animation form battle it back and forth with a ball, the two Mercedes’, which are riding upon Toyo Proxes tires, take to the street in an awesome, mostly animated drift battle.

If you’re in for a bit of entertainment, check out the video below. You’ll be sure you did. If you haven’t see the videos that came before, we’ve added those down below too.

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Six years ago, Steve Jobs passed away at 56 years of age. As the co-founder of Apple, Jobs was known as an innovator and inventor, playing no small part in ushering in such iconic products as the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. But in addition to turning the tech world on its head, Steve Jobs was also known for never running any license plates on his car. As the story goes, Jobs took advantage of a California DMV loophole that enabled new cars to forgo adding plates for six months after purchase. Essentially, Jobs would lease a new Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG twice a year, which basically meant he’d never need to mount license plates. Ever.

Pretty clever, eh? While some of you out there might be tempted to copy this small act of vehicular shenaniganry, you’ll only have a few years to enjoy it, as the loophole will close as of 2019 following new legislation. Either way, it’s an interesting little factoid on the automotive habits of one of the tech world’s giants. Which leaves us wondering – if Apple ever gets around to finally making its own all-electric autonomous vehicle, will it need plates as well?

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2016 Mercedes-AMG SL 65 by Vath

2016 Mercedes-AMG SL 65 by Vath

German tuner gives high-performance Mercedes-AMG convertible the full-one tuning treatment

The Mercedes-AMG SL 65 is a peculiar car for aftermarket tuners. Like the BMW M6, the AMG SL 65 isn’t small enough to provide room for enormous tuning potential, but it’s also not up-market enough to not need one in the first place. That’s likely one of the reasons why there aren’t that many tuners who work on the AMG SL 65. Not that it’s the tuner’s fault because if there’s not enough there to work on, why even bother in the first place? Fortunately, a tuner like Vath doesn’t preoccupy itself with asking these types of questions. it just goes ahead and does it. And that’s exactly what we have here with this new tuning program for the AMG SL 65 that gives the performance convertible a higher output of 672 horsepower and 847 pound-feet of torque.

The power figures are nice, but the real treats of this particular tuning program from Vath are the complementary upgrades on the convertible. After all, it’s not enough to have an engine upgrade without working on other sections of the AMG SL 65 that are directly affected by the improved power and performance. Go to the tuner’s website you’ll see a comprehensive tuning kit that also includes upgrades to the car’s exterior, interior, suspension, and wheels.

In a lot of ways, this is what you can expect from a tuner like Vath, which specializes on developing programs for Mercedes models. A quick look at its portfolio reveals that the German tuner has kits available for a handful of Mercedes models like the CLA-Class, E-Class, and S-Class to go with their AMG counterparts.

There’s a lot to get through with Vath’s new program for the AMG SL 65 and for what it’s worth, the upgrades are what you expect to get from a shop like this. That’s what happens when you have a company that has literally spent years of its existence fine-tuning its abilities in creating programs for models that can be filed under Mercedes.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG SL 65 by Vath.

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2017 Mercedes Benz SL-Class

2017 Mercedes Benz SL-Class

The SL-Class is one of the most iconic namplates in Mercedes’ storied history, as it dates all the way back to the legendary 300SL that debuted in 1954. The second, third, and fourth generations debuted in 1963, 1972, and 1989, respectively, and all brought significant changes.

The fifth-gen SL launched in 2003, and Mercedes gave it a significant facelift in 2008. Finally in 2012, the sixth-generation SL debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, but it quickly became evident that it needed work to help separate it from the smaller SLK. This leads us to the revised version of the SL that has launched at the 2015 LA Auto Show, in preparation for the the 2016 model year in the U.S.

The new SL sports highly revised front and rear fascias with new headlights, taillights, and an all-new hood. The top is also reworked, allowing the power-folding hardtop to open and close at speed up to 40 kph, or 25 mph. The interior also sees some improvements, though not as drastic as the exterior. Fit and finish are said to be improved and the steering wheel has been updated.

The SL model range is getting revisions itself. The entry-level model has moved from the SL400 to the SL450, thanks to a revised V-6 engine with more power. The V-8 engine carries over from last year, keeping its SL550 designation. The same is true for the two AMG variants, the V-8-powered SL63 and the V-12-powerd SL65.

So let’s take a look at the refreshed SL-Class.

Updated 12/04/2015: Mercedes dropped a very interesting commercial for its latest SL. Hit play to watch it and let us know what do you think about it!

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.

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1957 - 1962 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (W194)

1957 - 1962 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing (W194)

There is no technical definition for what makes a car a supercar, and as such, there will always be some disagreement about what car should be considered the first to have reached this status. There is no shortage of possible contenders, but the biggest debate is between the Lamborghini Miura and this, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

The 300SL was derived from a race car by the same name, which is noteworthy because it is usually the other way around, with race cars being built out of existing road-going models. It’s usually too difficult to go in the other direction, especially when you’re talking about a car that had overall wins at Le Mans, the Nurburgring and the Carrera Panamericana. But, in the ’50s, road cars and track cars weren’t so divorced from one another that it was impossible.

The idea for a Grand Prix car that was repurposed for road use was pitched to Mercedes by the Austrian-born, but New York-based importer and car dealer Max Hoffman, who would also go on to suggest several successful cars to Porsche. Because of this, the car debuted at the New York Auto Show, a first for a Mercedes product, and was instantly the hit of the show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes 300SL Gullwing.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG SL65

2017 Mercedes-AMG SL65

Launched for the 2012 model year, the sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz SL represented a revolution over its predecessor, having its body made almost entirely from aluminum. As a result, it was 242 pounds lighter than the previous model, on top of having a sportier design and more powerful engines. At the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes introduced a facelift for the roadster, which covered both the standard and the AMG-badged models. Set to go on sale for the 2017 model year in the U.S., the two-seater will cross the pond in both SL63 and SL65 guises.

In this review, I will focus on the range-topping SL65 to see what makes it stand out compared to both the non-AMG and the SL63 versions.

Much like all revised or redesigned AMG models, the SL65 (and the SL63 for that matter) will go on sale under different names. Previously known as the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, the roadster will be marketed as the Mercedes-AMG SL65. The new naming scheme debuted with the Mercedes-AMG GT and will be used for all AMG-badged Mercs from now on.

As with most AMG facelifts, the SL65 received an updated exterior and interior and will continue to use the massive V-12 powerplant that made the previous model one of the most aggressive roadsters on the market. Keep reading to find out what changes for 2017.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 65.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63

2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63

Mercedes launched the six-generation SL-Class for the 2012 model year. Compared to the previous generation, the 2012 was advanced in a number of ways, with the most important being the near all-aluminum body. It came with a design that screamed sport in comparison, the engine was more powerful, and that near all-aluminum body dropped the SL’s curb weight by more than 240 pounds. This was great for the powerful roadster, but now that the 2015 L.A. Auto Show has kicked off, Mercedes has introduced a facelifted roadster. This facelift was also carried over to the AMG branded models, which should be available sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year. When the 2017 models hit showrooms, we’ll get two AMG variants here in the States – the SL63 and SL65.

Outside of the facelift that brings an updated interior and exterior to the SL, the AMG branded variants will also see a name change as well. They will both be branded under Mercedes’ new AMG nomenclature – make them the Mercedes-AMG SL63 and SL65. With that said, I’m here to talk about the SL63 – little brother to the SL65.

The SL63 is the entry level AMG for the SL-Class. Even with the updates to the rest of the vehicle, Mercedes has already found the perfect engine to motivate the SL63, so you’ll still find that 5.5-liter Biturbo V-8 under the hood. With all that said, keep reading to see what the updated SL63 brings for the 2017 model year.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63.

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Mercedes-Benz SL Facelift Spied Inside And Out: Spy Shots

Mercedes-Benz SL Facelift Spied Inside And Out: Spy Shots

It’s been a few months since our spy photographers caught the updated 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class out testing, but it doesn’t appear that it has lost much of its camouflage. The big news is that we get our best look yet at the interior.

The single shot shows that the interior will be getting minimal upgrades similar to most of the exterior. Standing out the most is the redesigned steering wheel, which appears to have a smaller diameter with a more prominent flat bottom. Other changes include slightly reworked infotainment system controls on the center stack and a display screen that looks like it may have gotten better graphics. Surprisingly, there is still no Start button to fire up the engine and the driver must continue to use an ignition key.

There is still a lot of camouflage covering the front of the car, so we actually can’t see anything new. The new roadster will definitely get a more aggressive face, possibly similar to the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, and from certain angles, it seems that the changes have resulted in an even longer front overhang – but that could just be added camo. Looking at the rear of the SL, it will have reworked taillights with new LED elements and the exhaust outlets integrated into the rear fascia will get more rounded shapes.

Continue reading for the full story.

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Petrolicious Pays Tribute To Mercedes-Benz 280 SL "Pagoda:" Video

Petrolicious Pays Tribute To Mercedes-Benz 280 SL "Pagoda:" Video

The second-generation W113 1963 Mercedes-Benz SL has always been somewhat overshadowed by its more collectable W198 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “gullwing” predecessor. Most of that comes down to rarity, but — and I might catch some heat for saying this — I think the W113 is the prettier car. Take this 280 SL ‘Pagoda’ owned by Daniel Monti of Los Angeles. He might be a bit biased, but I think Monti would agree with me. And as an architect, he’s someone who knows a few things about design. Our friends at Petrolicious recently spoke with Monti about his SL and his love of timeless design in cars and architecture.

The 1969 280 SL ‘Pagoda’ earned its nickname because of its unique, concave roof that resembles a Japanese pagoda when view from straight on. But its shape was dictated by functional requirements. “One of the things I read in the design brief,” Monti told Petrolicious, “they wanted to make sure that the journalists who’d came out to a race day, parked their 280SL at the side of the track, climb on top of the roof, get their camera out, and take pictures of the race that day.” Evidently, journalists made a lot more money in the late ’60s.

The 280 SL was the last of three W113s and came after the 230 SL and 250 SL. It was built during a time when Mercedes would determine a car’s price point only after designing and building it — the opposite of what every other car manufacturer does to this day (including Mercedes). It resulted in some stoutly engineered automobiles. Monti’s SL has been in his family for 30 years, and he says it still fires up and drives reliably whenever he takes it out.

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Facelifted Mercedes SL Caught On The Road: Video

Facelifted Mercedes SL Caught On The Road: Video

It’s been nearly three months since we got our first look at the Mercedes-Benz SL’s updated interior, but we have yet to take a closer peek at the car’s revised bodywork. As development continues, the Germans have taken yet another prototype out for a spin, but we can’t celebrate yet, as the vehicle in the video above sports the same body as the current model. There is something new about it though, as the slightly camouflaged headlamps seem to have a new cluster layout and feature full LED technology.

Of course, the mid-cycle facelift will bring many new styling cues to the SL. Among them there will be revised front and rear bumpers, reworked side skirts, and, more importantly, a pair of taillights inspired by the S-Class Coupe’s. Overall, the new SL-Class should look sleeker and a tad more aggressive than its predecessor.

Inside the cabin, minor nips and tucks will be joined by an important technology update, which will include a new infotainment system and upgraded safety and driver assist features. New upholstery colors, new trims, and added options are also on the table.

There’s no official word as to when the facelifted SL-Class will arrive in showrooms, but rumor has it deliveries are set to commence in March 2015. Keep it locked here for more details.

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Mercedes SL Facelift Reveals Its Interior: Spy Shots

Mercedes SL Facelift Reveals Its Interior: Spy Shots

The sixth generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL has had a pretty tough launch. Its exterior design has received a good deal of criticism, mainly for not living up to its predecessors’ standards. That will soon change though, as Mercedes-Benz is currently testing the facelifted version in different places around the world.

A pre-production prototype of the facelifted SL was recently spotted exiting a Mercedes-Benz testing facility in Germany, and on this occasion spy photographers caught a glimpse of its camouflaged dashboard for the first time. A slightly larger display is expected to find its way onto the center console, while a new steering wheel similar to the one from the S-Class Coupe should replace the current one.

Set to be unveiled either at the end of 2015 or in early 2016, the refreshed SL Roadster will feature a resculpted snout, which will resurrect the classic inverted grille sported by the original 300 SL race car, and more recently by the Mercedes-AMG GT3 – and a pair of headlights inspired by the ones on the Mercedes-AMG GT. The rear end will remain largely the same, but its design should blend more nicely with the new front end, especially compared to the current model. Redesigned bumpers front and rear and new alloy wheels should complete the exterior package. There is no word on engines, but a version of the twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 found in the C63 and Mercedes-AMG GT may replace the 5.5-liter from the current SL63 AMG.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes SL Facelift.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 417 Mille Miglia Edition

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 417 Mille Miglia Edition

Launched in 2012, the sixth generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL is nearing a mid-cycle facelift, which will hopefully correct some of its not-overly elegant styling and bring it more in line with the current Mercedes-Benz design language. Until then, the Stuttgart carmaker decided to celebrate the 60th anniversary of a major motorsport success with a limited-edition version of its largest roadster. Back at the 1955 "Mille Miglia" endurance race, a stock 300 SL with race number 417 managed to come first in the production sports car class and fifth in the overall standings, leaving a number of racing prototypes behind.

Celebrating both the race triumph and that specific 300 SL, the new Mercedes-Benz SL "Mille Miglia 417" special edition will be launched at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, with both the SL400 and the SL500 (550 in the U.S.) getting the package as an option — for a premium, naturally. Ordering is said to commence from 7th April, 2015, with the SL63 and SL65 AMG being oddly skipped from the program.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 417 Mille Miglia Edition.

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Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Filling the Gaps: Mercedes New Naming System Analyzed

Mercedes-Benz is planning some pretty major updates to the entirety of its product line. In a bid to fill every nook and cranny of the luxury auto market with some form of the three-pointed star, the company recently announced its intention to release eleven all-new models over the course of the next five years, which is in addition to ten new plug-in hybrids scheduled for release in the next three years.

To help sort through the glut of new cars, Mercedes has come up with a fresh nomenclature system that will be applied to all upcoming releases going into 2015. This system differentiates between vehicles via one to three upper case letters, which designate the car type (“GL” for SUVs/off-roaders, “CL” for four-door coupes, “SL” for roadsters, etc.) and core model series (A, E, S, etc.), plus lower case letters for the drive system (“d” for diesel, “h” for hybrid, etc.).

With this information in hand, we can breakdown the future model lineup with relative confidence, filling in the gaps as we go.

What new models will we see coming from Mercedes? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes new naming strategy.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG World Championship 2014 Collector's Edition

2014 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG World Championship 2014 Collector’s Edition

Mercedes has a lot of reasons to be celebrating these days, having just conquered Formula One after seeing rival Red Bull dominate in recent years. This year, Mercedes finally turned the tables with its own dominant run, sweeping the drivers’ and constructors’ titles in record-breaking fashion. Such an accomplishment deserves its due praise, or in the case of Mercedes, a pair of special edition 2014 SL63 AMGs to commemorate its triumphant return to the top of Formula One.

These SL63 AMG models aren’t your typical SL63’s as they were co-created by reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and runner-up Nico Rosberg. It’s fitting that these two had hands in building these special-edition models. Hamilton and Rosberg were so far ahead of the field this season that the championship quickly evolved into a two-man race between the Mercedes teammates. Hamilton eventually won out, but the real victory belongs to Mercedes, which developed a car that was miles ahead of the competition.

All in all, Mercedes will develop 38 examples of the World Championship 2014 Collector’s Edition, 19 each for Hamilton and Rosberg and dedicated to each of the 19 Formula One race tracks used in the 2014 season.

Unfortunately, the models come at a premium price and it’s unlikely that anybody with money to spare can just scoop up and get one or both versions of this special edition SL63 AMG. In order for you to be eligible to buy any one of these two, you’re going to need to be a part of Mercedes’ Circle of Excellence, the company’s exclusive club reserved for VIPs and Mercedes lifers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG World Championship 2014 Collector’s Edition.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SL400

2014 Mercedes-Benz SL400

Naturally aspirated engines seem destined for the endangered species’ list as forced induction makes its way into nearly every mainstream category. The latest example is the new SL400 roadster Mercedes announced today. It’s a direct replacement for the SL350 roadster with the only real change centered around the new 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6.

The new biturbo V-6 might be down on displacement from its 3.5-liter predecessor, but it makes up for it with power — 26 extra horses and 81 extra pound-feet. Mercedes says 0 to 62 mph time will drop 0.7 seconds, doing the deed in 5.2 seconds on its way to its 155-mph governed top speed. While Mercedes does have a nine-speed transmission available for use, the German automaker decided the current seven-speed unit would suffice for the SL400.

The biturbo V-6 was first seen last year in the E400 sedan, though it made less power. Like that engine, the SL400’s mill features some pretty snazzy tech to create tire-turning torque while keeping the EPA (and customers’ wallets) happy. Its direct-injection fuel system features Piezo injectors that squirt fuel up to five times per power stroke for an even burn. The pressure at which they operate is varied based on engine mapping and certain conditions. Lighting the fuel is an ignition system that creates multiple sparks over during the same power stroke of each piston. Just like the fuel, the individual spark events are variable in their timing — all in an effort for the cleanest, most power-producing burn possible.

Mercedes says the SL400 will get 32 mpg while producing minimal tailpipe emissions.

Updated 08/27/14: Mercedes has released pricing details for the SL400. The model also has extra options that you can have installed at a cost.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SL "Avalange GT-R" By Piecha Design

2014 Mercedes-Benz SL "Avalange GT-R" By Piecha Design

When Mercedes released the latest generation of the SL-Class, some people thought that the designers may have erred a little bit too much on the side of making it look like the rest of the Benz lineup. Instead of fitting in with the legendary history of the SL nameplate, the latest version didn’t seem to excite buyers in quite the same way. Buyers worried that the recently-redesigned SLK-Class looked a little bit too much like its bigger brother, and while the SLK certainly benefited greatly from its most recent redesign, perhaps buyers of the over-$100,000 SL weren’t too excited about their car looking so much like a sub-$50,000 SLK.

Marcus Piecha was one of those people, and perceiving a reluctance to purchase the latest SL, he set about coming up with a solution. The Mercedes-Benz SL "Avalange GT-R" is exactly that, an aerodynamics and appearance package that he believes will make the Mercedes-Benz SL much more desirable.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 2Look Edition

2014 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 2Look Edition

The unveiling of the Mercedes SL-Class two years ago also gave way to the arrival of the model’s two performance-oriented models: the SL63 AMG and the SL65 AMG. The SL63 AMG model is regarded as an incredible machine, but it probably won’t hurt if you give it the 2Look Edition upgrade that a lot of other Mercedes models have received, including the SL-Class.

The dynamic characteristic of the SL63 AMG 2Look Edition is clearly evident in the way the new components all come together to create a far more aggressive look for the SL63 AMG. Be it the new exterior digs, or the interior refinements, the SL63 AMG 2Look Edition comes with a comprehensive list that will turn an already powerful sports car into the envy of everybody. It is called "2Look" for a reason, right?

The 2Look package for the SL63 AMG will set you back €9,401 — about $13,000 based on current exchange rates. Add that to the €134.950 ($186,703) price for SL63 AMG and you’re looking at a total price of €144,351 ($199,709). This package is also available on the SL65 AMG model for €5,355 — about $7,400. Unfortunately, the 2Look Edition is currently only available in Mercedes’ home country of Germany.

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2019 Mercedes SL-Class

2019 Mercedes SL-Class

It’s still years away from launching, but as early as now, talks of the next-generation Mercedes SL-Class have begun to take shape. The biggest news, other than the fact that it will be an all-new model, is the advanced new platform the SL stands to receive together with the next-generation SLK.

According to Auto Express, the 2019 SL-Class will be significantly different from the one running around the streets of the world these days. The biggest change, it seems, is Mercedes’ ratcheting up the efficiency of its new models. In the case of the SL-Class, that comes with the adoption of its MFA and MRA common modular architectures for front and rear-wheel-drive models, allowing a multitude of vehicles to be built on the same platform.

It’s an easier approach that should cut production costs for these vehicles. Granted, neither the MFA nor the MRA architectures will be used on the SL and SLK-Class, but rather a third platform, the modular sports car architecture (MSA), that will be used on both models.

The adoption of the MSA platform on both the SL and SLK will be a stark contrast from the current setup, specifically the exclusive use of a bespoke chassis platform on the SL. But once the modular platform comes into the picture, the manufacturing process for both models will also shift and become geared toward sharing elements like the front bulkhead and parts of the suspension. Also, don’t underestimate the convenience of both models being built in the same factory.

On the flip side, you can still expect some unique styling details for both the new SL and SLK-Class. Even with the shared platform, certain elements, like the dimensions of the both vehicles, will still be kept different. This allows both cars to still have that unique look about them that differentiates one from the other. Diversity will still be there, even though the skeletons for both models are going to be the same.

It’s a bold new direction that really shouldn’t surprise anyone given the commitment Mercedes has to the SL-Class as one of its most important models. But like we said, changes aren’t imminent so don’t expect anything drastic.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

Note: Current SL63 AMG shown here.

This week has seen some shake-ups with the SL-Class lineup from Mercedes. The German automaker’s latest announcement centers on the mighty SL63 roadster. In an apparent move to streamline the lineup, Mercedes is cutting the Performance Package option, but adding even more horsepower to the standard car.

With the current Performance Package, the 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 got a 27 horsepower bump in output over the standard SL63’s 529 horsepower. But all 2015 SL63s will come with 577 horsepower standard. Adding to that, a new mechanical locking differential will help put power to the ground more effectively.

It’s likely Mercedes is stirring the SL pot in hopes of drumming up sales. Though it’s only two years old, the latest generation of SL-Class hasn’t seen a major update since its release. The car has historically been a slow seller, focusing mainly on quality over quantity for those well off enough for those who can afford a $100,000, two-seat convertible. For 2013, Mercedes sold just over 7,000 units — considerably more than the 4,899 units it sold in 2012.

This news comes directly after Mercedes announced the axing of the Euro-spec SL350 in favor of the new SL400 powered by a smaller, yet more powerful 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6. Luckily, the U.S. will also be getting the new SL400, adding to the SL550, SL63 AMG, and SL65 AMG models already available here.

We’ll bring you more details on the SL63 AMG once Mercedes reveals them all, so stay tuned.

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Next Mercedes-Benz SL to Lose Retractable Hardtop

Next Mercedes-Benz SL to Lose Retractable Hardtop

If you’ve been a fan of the retractable hardtop on the Mercedes SL and, prepare yourself for some bad news. Apparently, the next-generation SL will be available only as soft-top models. The SLK, which will share its underpinnings with the SL in the next generation, will carry on with its hard top.

The changes are still significant enough that it could alter the look of the SL. But that’s the gamble Mercedes in trying to reduce the car’s weight. In some ways, that could be a boon for fans of the luxury roadster, as less weight means it will use its power more effectively.

Speaking of power, the next-gen SL and SLK models are also expected to be offered with new engines, including four- and six-cylinders for the SLK, and a new 3.0-liter, inline-six for the SL. Performance numbers haven’t been announced just yet, but the four-cylinder in the SLK is likely able to produce around 240 horsepower, with the six-cylinder ticked significantly higher at around 335 horsepower to 435 horsepower. As for the SL’s new inline-six, that baby could have 365 ponies on tap.

With all these changes in tow, don’t expect these changes to happen soon, as a next-gen SL isn’t expected until 2021.

Note: Current Mercedes SLK pictured here.

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Video: Jaguar XKR-S Vs Mercedes SL63 AMG

Video: Jaguar XKR-S Vs Mercedes SL63 AMG

EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon took the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible and the Mercedes SL63 AMG out for a track battle and made some pretty interesting observations regarding both sports cars. On one hand, Bovingdon took the SL63 AMG to task for having a heavy steering, making it really difficult to handle out on corners. While he did admit to the car possessing some mad horsepower under its hood — 537 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, to be exact — Bovingdon didn’t seem too comfortable behind the wheel of the Mercedes, often lamenting how tricky the car was to handle out on the track. But still, it was able to complete a lap of 1:23.9 so it’s still pretty fast given all the circumstances Bovingdon appeared to deal with.

On the other hand, the XKR-S really got the EVO host’s attention, because in his eyes, the Jaguar was an even trickier car to handle compared to the SL63 AMG. Power was also not a problem seeing as the XKR-S is capable of lighting up the rev meters to the tune of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, but as far as Bovingdon was concerned, getting it and around the track without breaking any sweat was a task that proved to be far easier said than done. And the 1:25.7 lap time proved as much.

Maybe Jaguar was on to something when it decided to kill off the entire XK line, huh?

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2014 Mercedes-Benz SL 2LOOK Edition

2014 Mercedes-Benz SL 2LOOK Edition

It’s not the most bombastic special-edition vehicle Mercedes has released, but there’s something to be said for the SL 2LOOK Edition. If class can be found in the simplest of canvases, the SL 2LOOK Edition is manifestation of that.

The car was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show together with the SLK CarbonLOOK and while its partner-in-crime shows what Mercedes’ dark side could look like, the SL 2LOOK Edition is presented in a little more classy look, complete with various contrast finishes and some sprinkles of AMG involvement.

Both cars are scheduled to be available to the public soon, but for now, enjoy them as they continue to make an impression at the Geneva Motor Show. Sooner or later, a lot of you might have to pull out your pockets to get them as options for your respective Mercedes’.

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Video: Mercedes 300SL Gullwing going to Bonneville

Video: Mercedes 300SL Gullwing going to Bonneville

Every car addict out there should know that the best way to really enjoy your toy is to push it to its limits. Of course, there are many enthusiasts that prefer to keep their toys in a vacuum-sealed box, and only touch it with soft gloves. This certainly does not describe how Bob Sirna cares for his pride and joy, as he finds great joy in racing his pricey classic Benz on the salt flats of Bonneville.

Over the years we’ve seen plenty of unique cars running the salt flatsat Bonneville, but Bob’s rig it one that no one would expect to see on the flats: a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.

Why is this car unusual on the race track? Well, because with a price of over 1 million dollars, the classic 300SL seems to be perfect for a concourse or a museum. not trying to break land-speed records at Speed Week. Still, in the past 12 years, Bob has brought his Gullwing to the salt flats in an effort to break records and cure his "salt fever."

Check out the video to see a guy that lives by the "Enjoy your toys" motto.

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Video: Dynamo Pulls Serious Magic on David Coulthard With Help From the Mercedes SL63 AMG

Video: Dynamo Pulls Serious Magic on David Coulthard With Help From the Mercedes SL63 AMG

Some of you might be a little cynical when it comes to magic and rightfully so because we’d all like to believe in a world where physics will have a serious say on how the world works.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good trick when we see one.

British magician, Dynamo, is one of the most well-known street magicians in the world today. He’s capable of doing all sorts of tricks, ranging from the card variety all the way to levitating beside Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

His latest trick, though, is closer to home because it involves a Mercedes SL65 AMG and one of our favorite F1 drivers in recent years, David Coulthard.

We’re not going to waste any details divulging the inner workings of Dynamo’s trick because that wouldn’t do justice to actually watching the video and being the judges for yourselves.

That being said, it is a pretty cool trick and something that we highly advise nobody starts doing now or anytime soon.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG Sport

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG Sport

The SL-Class is one of the most beautiful cars in Mercedes’ lineup this side of the SLS AMG, and the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG models are even more impressive yet. Unfortunately, their respective price tags of £110,785 ($172,292) and £168,285 ($261,716) in the UK make them pretty much out of reach for the average SL-Class buyer.

Well, if you can handle having most of the AMG show but only a tiny bit of its go on the 2013 SL-Class, then you will be thrilled with Mercedes’ latest announcement. Mercedes-Benz is releasing an AMG Sport variant of the 2013 SL-Class that buyers can base on either the SL 350 or SL 500 at a fraction of the “real” AMG’s price.

Much like the M Sport packages from Bimmer, the AMG Sport package is almost solely aesthetic, but there are a few small mechanical and handling updates to help out some.

Read more about the SL-Class AMG Sport after the jump

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Mercedes Plans to Race Mille Miglia

Mercedes Plans to Race Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia (or Thousand Miles) was an open-road endurance race, which took place in Italy between 1927 and 1957. During this period, a total of 56 people were killed, and after two fatal crashes that took place in 1957, the race was banned. Now, Mille Miglia is a road rally that takes play each May in Italy on the historic roads from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia.

Each year, only 375 vehicles are allowed to enter the race and they usually come from Italian makers, like Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. This year however, Mercedes is also planning to enter the race with quite an impressive lineup: a 1928 SSK, a pair of 300 SLs, the 1955 300 SLR and a 1954 220. Behind the wheel will be former F1 driver and brand ambassador, David Coulthard, F1 safety car driver, Bernd Maylander, and old-time racers, Jochen Mass and Karl Wendlinger.

Mercedes made its first appearance in the Mille Miglia in 1931, when it won the race with an SSK, and then obtained another victory in 1955 with a 300 SLR driven by Stirling Moss.

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2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG V63RS-Export SL by Vath

2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG V63RS-Export SL by Vath

German aftermarket company, Vath, is no stranger to building some of the most desirable Mercedes programs in the market. The company has a portfolio of these models, including programs for the A-Class, the C63 AMG and the SLS AMG, among others.

Not one to be content with just fitting useless components on the SL63 AMG, Vath opted to use parts that would improve the sports car’s aerodynamic capabilities, beginning with a carbon front spoiler, a new rear diffuser with fins and a large underbody, and a rear lip that was also made from high-class carbon. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch, three-part forged rims with titanium-colored spokes to go with a high-performance brake system that features a 390 mm (15.35-inch) brake discs at the front axle with six-piston brake calipers, as well as Castrol SRF racing brake fluid and brake line kit.

The interior of the SL63 AMG was treated to a fancy carbon-black finish, all of which was exclusively handmade in Germany. Among the components finished in carbon black include the middle console, the front ashtray cover and two-part door stripes. From there, Vath gave the SL63 AMG’s sport steering wheel a leather treatment, while also replacing the speedometer with one that goes all the way up to 224 mph and adding aluminum pedals.

Under the hood of the SL63 AMG, Vath worked with a reprogrammed 5.5-liter V-8 Biturbo engine that shot the output of the sports car up to 780 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, a staggering increase from the standard model’s 537-horsepower and 590 pound-feet figures.

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2013 Mercedes SL-Class Bayard by FAB Design

2013 Mercedes SL-Class Bayard by FAB Design

Following up on their first Geneva offering, the McLaren MP4-12C Chimera, FAB Design has taken the covers off of its second Geneva program, this time for the Mercedes SL63 AMG Bayard. Following along the same lines of the mythical chimera, we’re venturing a guess that FAB Design’s use of “bayard” originates from the magical bay horse in European urban legend.

In any case, the SL63 AMG Bayard comes chock-full with a host of improvements that definitely fits FAB Design’s reputation as a premier aftermarket company. It describes the program as "haute couture for the road" so, the expectations for a completely tricked out program are already other.

To accomplish its goal of dressing up the SL-Class, FAB Design began by installing a new and more aggressive front spoiler that comes with enormous air intakes. The tuner also added a light, carbon-reinforced nose component that provides increased airflow to the sports car’s engine. Moving to the sides, FAB Design added side skirts that widened the SL by an impressive 70 mm (2.75 inches) on the front and 120 mm (4,72 inches) on the rear. Add in the new carbon rear spoiler and the integrated diffuser for improved handling and stability, as well as a new set of 20-inch three-piece Evolution Concarve aluminum wheels wrapped in Dunlop tires, and you have the makings of a really aggressive-looking SL63 AMG coupe.

Moving to what’s under the hood, FAB Design improved the SL63 AMG’s output, thanks to numerous engine tweaks that include a remapped ECU, a sports catalytic converter, and new exhaust tailpipes. With all these upgrades, the SL63 AMG’s 5.5-liter V-8 engine now boasts of 630 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 653 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. After the upgrade, the SL63 AMG is now capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds with an estimated top speed of just under 200 mph.

FAB Design is only building 35 units of the Bayard program, which means that you better hurry if you want a piece of one!

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2013 Brabus 800 Roadster

2013 Brabus 800 Roadster

Everybody’s gearing up for the Geneva Motor Show and it appears that Brabus is well ahead on the curve with the aftermarket releases.

With a lineup of vehicles scheduled to be in Geneva, Brabus has pulled the covers to one of them: the 800 Roadster.

It’s based on the Mercedes SL65 AMG and true to form, the program comes with a comprehensive list of upgrades. The carbon-fiber aero package features plenty of components, including a new front spoiler, a distinctive hood scoop, new fender vents, side skirts, a rear spoiler and a diffuser insert. Rounding the exterior upgrades off is a set of 20-inch Monoblock R ’Platinum Edition’ forged wheels wrapped in 255/30ZR and 305/25ZR tires.

Inside, the mods are pretty limited, although Brabus did do a splendid job jazzing up the cabin. The use of soft Mastik leather finished with quilted stitching on the seats, paneling and floor mats are wonderfully stylish, and adds a level of luxury to the car’s sporty and aggressive performance credentials.

Speaking of performance credentials, that’s where Brabus is all up in everybody’s grill. The tuner used its T65 RS engine conversion that includes remapped ECU software, new manifolds with integrated turbine housings, high-performance turbochargers, four water-to-air intercoolers and a stainless-steel exhaust system. That’s a whole lot of performance juice, Brabus! Good to know you’re still on the top of your game.

With the upgrades on the SL65 AMG’s 6-liter V-12 biturbo engine, the German tuner was able to increase the output of the sports roadster from 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque to a staggering 800 horsepower and 1,047 pound-feet of torque with 0-to100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 3.7 seconds, a 0-to-200 km/h (124 mph) time of 9.8 seconds, and most importantly, a top speed of 217 mph.

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Video: Chris Harris Puts the BMW M6 Against the Mercedes SL63 AMG

Video: Chris Harris Puts the BMW M6 Against the Mercedes SL63 AMG

You probably already know that when it comes to whaling on cars, Chris Harris is our favorite. When compared to the guys over Top Gear, as he likes to have a little more fun behind the wheel and his reviews are always more interesting to watch – all due respect to the boys at Top Gear.

In his latest episode of his show, he put two amazing sports coupes — the BMW M6 and the Mercedes SL63 AMG — head to head. The two sports coupes deliver a combined output of about 1,100 horsepower (560 horsepower for the M6 coupe and 537 horsepower in the SL63 AMG) and, according to Harris, they "are the ultimate super-heated GT cars; fast enough to match a 911 Turbo, comfy enough to cruise a continent."

Watch the video to see which of the two sports car he considers being the best. Let us know if you agree with him!

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The Most Intriguing Cars That Were Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

The Most Intriguing Cars That Were Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

It’s safe to say that major auto auctions like the recent one held by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona are always a spectacle. It’s a playground for the rich auto enthusiasts to flex their financial muscles in an active bidding competition among their brethren to see who among them can scoop up their desired models.

Last weekend’s auction saw some pretty interesting models crossing the block and, while we’ve written about the final selling price generated by a number of the models being auctioned, we haven’t gone into detail on some of the more interesting vehicles auctioned off during the weekend-long event.

So we’re going to do this through a list because that’s generally how you can enumerate the models and have a rank for them based on what vehicle they are and how much interest they generated in the form of frenzied bids.

Check out our list of interesting auctioned cars at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale after the jump.

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2002 - 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL R230 Platinum by Gallant Abflug

2002 - 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL R230 Platinum by Gallant Abflug

Japanese tuning firm Abflug will have quite the presence at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. We’ve already seen its plans for the Toyota GT86, the Nissan GT-R, and the Lamborghini Murcielago.

For its fourth act, Abflug is taking a German route by building a program for the Mercedes SL-Class R230. Calling it the "Platinum" program, Abflug’s lineup of modifications for the previous generation SL-Class comes with aesthetic, aerodynamic and handling upgrades. No surprises there, considering that it’s always been one of the best in Japan at offering this aftermarket trifecta.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be any performance mods, which is a bummer, but the sports car is still good for up to 316 horsepower. That’s plenty enough for us. Plus, the body kit it flat out wicked, so it’s worth it.

Beginning with the Platinum Aero kit, Abflug was able to install a slew of new components on the SL-Class, including a new front bumper, a cooling hood, a front over fender and aggressive side skirts. The door panels are also new, as is the rear bumper, rear upper spoiler, the rear over fender and the rear diffuser. Rounding out the exterior mods is a set of 20-inch Abflug Prism III wheels wrapped in Falken tires. No mention of interior enhancements, so don’t expect anything out-of-the-ordinary when you get inside.

Just so Abflug didn’t leave anything on the table, the Japanese tuning firm also put in some time improving the car’s shocks, and springs through a tie-up with European Taste. Also added in is an upgraded braking system from DIXCEL.

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2012 Mercedes SL500 by Lorinser

2012 Mercedes SL500 by Lorinser

Press days for the Los Angeles Auto Show ended a few days ago and on December 1st, a new show opened in Europe: Essen Motor Show. For those that don’t know, Essen is basically a European version of SEMA. The German tuner, Lorisen, will arrive at Essen with a tuning kit based on the Mercedes SL500.

The tuner changed almost every aspect of the car and, of course, it started with the exterior. The aerodynamic kit includes a new grille and larger air inlets, new side skirts that make the SL look lower. The package continues with a flared front bumper, extended rear bumper, a rear deck lid spoiler and a built-in diffuser with the Lorinser sports exhaust’s four end pipes poking out of the diffuser’s cutouts. The car sits on a set of 20-inch light-alloy RSK8 wheels wrapped in 255/30R20 front tires and 295/25R20 rear tires.

Under the hood, the V-8 engine receives a reprogrammed ECU with increased bi-turbo boost that increases the power from the standard 435 horsepower to 530 horsepower and the torque up to an impressive 590 pound-feet. Also, the tuner removed the speed limiter so that now the SL500 can hit a top speed of 173 mph.

In order to make the car even more aggressive, Lorinser also installed lowering kit that can be controlled using a button on the steering wheel. For the interior the tuner is offering any desired combination made in aluminum, wood or carbon look.

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2013 Mercedes SL-Class by Brabus

2013 Mercedes SL-Class by Brabus

Brabus will likely have the busiest stand at the Essen Motor Show. Here is yet another incredible tuning package launched by the German tuner. It is based on the Mercedes SL500 and will add plenty of extra pop its base engine, as well as exterior and interior upgrades.

Under the hood, Brabus installed 520 PowerXtra CGI module with plug-and-play design, an auxiliary water-to-air intercooler powered by an auxiliary electric pump and, of course, a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with four chrome-plated tailpipes.

As a result, the output has been increased from the standard 435 horsepower to 520 horsepower, while peak torque has been raised to 604 pound-feet. Brabus uninstalled the speed limiter and replaced it with a variable one that allows the customer to choose from a top speed of 155, 172 or 186 mph. This upgrade also allows the SL500 to launch from a stop to 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

The exterior receives some significant updates, including new front fenders with side air vents, new side skirts and a new rear spoiler. Brabus also added a set of wheels, offered in four different sizes — 18, 19 and 20 inches — and in three designs, Monoblock F, Q or R wheels. The wheels have been combined with custom-tailored suspension components, which were designed in cooperation with Bilstein, and an electronic lowering module that can lower the car’s ride by 0.98 inches.

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Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Top 5 Launches at the Los Angeles Auto Show

This year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show has witnessed some exciting and electrifying launches by most established brands.

Being one of the most important markets for the automobile industry, most car manufacturers see it fitting to debut their new models, variants and lineups in L.A. Every auto show has its stunners and duds, and some automakers just pull out ridiculous stuff to make us giggle – whether that giggle is intended or not is up for debate.

Sadly, the L.A. Auto Show’s biggest event is already over – the press days on the 28th and 29th of November – so we have pretty much seen everything that there was to see. The show does continue through December 6th, but those are general public days where the people that may actually buy these rigs can come and get a better look at them.

The L.A. Auto Show does, essentially, close the book on the 2012 auto show season, as just a few minor shows remain, but don’t fret; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and its headliner – the C7 Corvette – are just around the corner.

To help ease the transition between the ending of the 2012 L.A. Auto Show and the beginning of the NAIAS, we bring you the top-5 cars launched at the soon-to-close L.A. Auto Show.

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2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG "Seven-11" by Wheelsandmore

2013 Mercedes SL63 AMG "Seven-11" by Wheelsandmore

If the name "Seven-11" sounds familiar, it’s only because the guys over at Wheelsandmore had another tuning kit bearing the same name, but it was based on a Mercedes CLS63 AMG. The second package announced is even more impressive and it is based on the SL63 AMG.

Wheelsandmore’s new SL63 AMG Seven-11 is painted in "Armageddon-Matte-Gray" then combined with traditional Wheelsandmore race-stripes. There is also a new set of 20" 6Sporz forged wheels offered as standard, or an optional set of 20/21 inch staggered combination.

The most impressive modification done for the SL63 AMG can be found under the hood. The standard SL63 AMG delivers a total of 537 HP, but the guys at Wheelsandmore added new sport catalysts, a flap-controlled exhaust system, an optimized air induction, and remapped software to the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine. As a result, the V8 engine now delivers an impressive 700 HP and 811 lbs-ft of torque.

The Mercedes was also equipped with a newly developed LowMaXX electronic lowering module which automatically switches off at 43 mph in order to provide comfort and safety reserves.

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