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2020 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition

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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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