Bulletproof construction with a seemingly endless list of luxury features; satisfying performance across the lineup; unbeatable heritage and cachet
Lacks the visual appeal of earlier SL models; not even the AMG models can provide the sharpness that a real driver's machine should have
The SL550 gains another 20 horsepower over the 2015 version, and there are a few minor changes to the paint choices. See the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class models for sale near you
Styling aside, the SL is one of the finest automobiles on the planet, making it a virtually flawless luxury convertible. No one really needs advice on which version to buy, as this car is about desire rather than need. But remember that there's a revised 2017 model coming soon. Find a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class for sale
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in SL400, SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG versions.
The SL400 ($85,975) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlamps, fog lamps, LED running lights, adaptive suspension dampers, a power hardtop with a panoramic glass roof and power wind deflector, leather upholstery, a power adjustable tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 8-way power heated seats with memory, a COMAND infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth and a Harman Kardon 11-speaker audio system with USB connectivity.
A Premium options bundle adds keyless entry/ignition, hands-free trunk closing, 12-way active ventilated/massaging seats, AIRSCARF (vents in the seats at neck level emitting warm air), a rearview camera and an automated parallel-parking function.
The SL550 ($108,975) brings the 4.7-liter V8 and includes the Premium bundle in its standard equipment. It also adds front and rear parking sensors.
The SL63 AMG ($150,625) brings the 5.5-liter V8, along with styling, handling and interior upgrades appropriate to its AMG status. Highlights include 19-in wheels, special dampers with active roll resistance, big brakes, a sport exhaust and performance telemetry.
Before we get to the bells-and-whistles model, these three versions may also be specced with a Driver Assistance package. This brings advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking, active lane keeping and an active blind spot monitoring system with assistance.
Also on the options list are Magic Sky Control (which turns the glass roof panel from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button), power-closing doors, a Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio system, infrared night vision and an enhanced infotainment display with a driver/passenger split view. And there are various special paint finishes, as well as choices of leather upholstery. If you're willing to splash out, you can personalize your SL to a high degree.
The SL65 AMG ($218,475) features the only V12 in the lineup, plus 20-in rear wheels to go with the 19-in wheels up front, and the majority of those extras previously listed.
Options for the AMG models include carbon-fiber trim (exterior and interior), black chrome trim and carbon-ceramic brake rotors.
The trunk is pretty roomy by roadster standards, measuring 10.2 cu ft. with the top up. Folding the top reduces that space to 7.2 cu ft. There's also some stowage space behind the seats.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 BMW 6 Series Convertible -- The drop-top 6 Series features four seats and a vinyl roof rather than a hardtop, but it's comparable to the SL in terms of power, technology and driving experience.