Bulletproof construction with a seemingly endless list of luxury features; satisfying performance across the lineup; unbeatable heritage and cachet
Not even the AMG versions can provide the absolute sharpness a real driver's machine should have
Mirror logo headlamps are now standard, along with a rearview camera. The SL 450 and SL 550 become eligible for silver or red seat belts. See the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class models for sale near you
There are no bad or wrong choices here. The SL 550 is a nice middle ground with plenty of V8 power. Do add the Driver Assistance package.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in SL 450, SL 550, AMG SL 63 and AMG SL 65 versions.
SL 450 ($89,195) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlamps (with mirror logo), fog lamps, LED running lights and taillights, adaptive suspension dampers, power-folding hardtop with panoramic glass roof and power wind deflector, keyless entry/ignition, hands-free trunk operation, forward-collision mitigation, automated parallel/perpendicular parking function, leather upholstery (sun-reflecting), power-adjustable tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 12-way power-adjustable/heated seats with memory, ambient cabin lighting, rearview camera, plus a Comand infotainment system with navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, twin USB ports, Bluetooth, HD/satellite radio and a Harman Kardon 600-watt/11-speaker surround sound system.
SL 550 ($113,295) brings the 4.7-liter V8, 19-in alloys, ventilated/massaging seats with active bolstering and Airscarf (vents in the seats at neck level emitting warm air).
SL 63 AMG ($153,845) involves 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 (known as Active Body Control or ABC), big brakes, sport exhaust, limited-slip differential, performance telemetry and an IWC analog clock set into the dashboard.
Before we get to the bells-and-whistles model, these three versions may also be specced with a Driver Assistance package. This contains advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, steering assistance, active lane-keeping, and active blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
Also on the options list are Magic Sky Control (turning the glass roof panel from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button), power-closing doors, Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio system, infra-red 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. An SL can be personalized to a high degree if one is willing to splash out.
SL 65 AMG ($222,995) 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 discs.
The trunk is pretty roomy by roadster standards, measuring 10.2 cu ft. with the top up. Folding the top reduces that 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|
2018 Aston Martin Vantage -- A new generation debuts for 2018, with greater enthusiast appeal than the previous model, so more of an AMG rival than anything.
2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible -- Features four seats and a vinyl roof rather than a hard top, but it's comparable to the SL in terms of power, technology and driving experience.
2018 Jaguar F-Type Convertible -- Smaller, stiffer and louder than the SL-Class. That might be a good thing.