Bulletproof construction with a seemingly endless list of luxury features; satisfying performance across the lineup; hard to beat the SL-Class' heritage and brand equity
Lacks the visual appeal of earlier SL models; hardtop limits trunk space when folded
If the SL were just a little prettier to look at, it would be a virtually flawless luxury convertible. Even with that somewhat bulbous nose in the mix, it's still one of the finest automobiles on the planet. Find a Mercedes-Benz SL-Class for sale
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in SL400, SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG trim levels.
The SL400 ($84,925) includes standard amenities such as 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, fog lamps, LED accents in the front and rear, adaptive suspension dampers, a power hardtop with a panoramic glass roof, leather upholstery, active power seats with memory, the COMAND infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth and a Harman Kardon audio system with USB connectivity.
The SL550 ($107,825) steps up to the 4.7-liter V8, plus keyless entry/start, massaging seats, neck-level heating vents, an advanced parking system with self-parking capability and a power trunk lid.
The SL63 AMG ($148,975) boasts the 5.5-liter V8 and all manner of styling, handling and interior upgrades befitting of its AMG status. Highlights include 19-in AMG wheels, special dampers with active roll resistance (known as Active Body Control or ABC), big brakes and performance telemetry.
Ultimate SL-Class performance comes from the SL65 AMG ($217,475), which features the only V12 in the lineup, plus 20-in rear wheels, a Magic Sky Control roof that turns from transparent to opaque on command, power-closing doors, an enhanced infotainment display and Bang & Olufsen audio.
Options include some of the higher trims' standard features, plus carbon-fiber trim (exterior and interior), black chrome trim and carbon-ceramic brake rotors.
The SL's trunk is pretty roomy by roadster standards, measuring about 10 cu ft. with the top up. Folding the top takes a big bite out of that space, though -- three cubes, to be exact -- so remember not to go al fresco if the boot's fully loaded.
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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 and technology.
2015 Porsche 911 Cabriolet -- The open-air 911 has a soft-top, just like the BMW and Jag, but it also has timeless beauty on its side, not to mention the unique rasp of its flat-6, rear-mounted engine.
Used Bentley Continental GTC -- If you want to activate full baller mode, you can find a lightly used Bentley drop-top for the price of an SL. Just make sure you have some kind of warranty.