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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Overview

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Ever since its debut in the 1950s, the Mercedes-Benz SL has been one of the most prestigious roadsters available on the auto market, but thanks to a redesign for the 2013 model that didn’t exactly go over very well, the SL convertible lost a bit of its luster. That’s the reason Mercedes-Benz refreshed its iconic convertible for the 2017 model year. The SL now sports a more appealing front end that received its inspiration from the original 300SL. For the 2017 model year, the Mercedes-Benz SL carries a starting MSRP of $87,050 and will compete in the same segment as the Audi R8 and Porsche 911.


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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible carries a starting MSRP of $87,050 and is available with V6, V8, and V12 engines

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL

What’s new for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL?

In an effort to make the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL more attractive to consumers, the front end has been redesigned and now features a completely new grille design and reshaped headlights. In addition, each of the four available engines comes with improved horsepower, while the interior benefits from an updated infotainment system and new dials for the instrument panel. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL is offered in four trims: SL450, SL550, AMG SL63, and AMG SL65.

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible carries a starting MSRP of $87,050 and is available with V6, V8, and V12 engines

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Exterior

Besides wearing a new grille and redesigned headlights, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL also features larger fender vents, as well as a more distinguished rocker panel. Standard features for the new SL include 19-inch five-spoke wheels and LED lighting, which compliment the convertibles sleek horizontal lines. Exterior color options include Mars Red, Polar White, and Brilliant Blue Metallic.

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Exterior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450

  • LED lighting, Diamond-block chrome grille, Color-keyed splitter, Dual trapezoidal tailpipes, Color-keyed diffuser insert, 19-inch five-spoke wheels

Exterior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL550

  • LED lighting, Diamond-block chrome grille, Color-keyed splitter, Dual trapezoidal tailpipes, Color-keyed diffuser insert, 19-inch five-spoke wheels, Electronic trunk closer via HANDS-FREE ACCESS

Exterior available on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL63

  • LED lighting, Gullwing design, Matte Silver fins, Four trapezoidal tailpipes, Matte Silver diffuser, Carbon-fiber rear spoiler, 19-inch AMG twin five-spoke wheels, Electronic trunk closer via HANDS-FREE ACCESS

Exterior available on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL65

  • LED lighting, Double crossbar grill, Air dam flics, Chrome splitter, Side fender vents, Classic Gullwing design, Chrome fins, Side sill inserts, Four trapezoidal AMG tailpipes, Chrome diffuser, Carbon-fiber rear spoiler, 19-inch AMG 10-spoke forged and polished wheels (available 20-inch design), Carbon-fiber engine cover, Electronic trunk closer via HANDS-FREE ACCESS

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible carries a starting MSRP of $87,050 and is available with V6, V8, and V12 engines

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Performance

For consumers who opt for the base SL450 model, their convertible will come equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, which work together to produce 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. In addition, Mercedes-Benz estimates the SL450 roadster can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds. Consumers who desire the most power possible should enjoy the beefed up Mercedes-AMG SL65, which comes with a handcrafted AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that pumps out 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft or torque.

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible carries a starting MSRP of $87,050 and is available with V6, V8, and V12 engines

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Efficiency

Mercedes has yet to release fuel economy estimates for the 2017 SL roadster, but this convertible does come standard with automatic engine stop-start technology, which is designed to improve fuel efficiency. Last year’s SL400 model yielded an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, but that engine featured 33 less ponies underneath its hood.

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible carries a starting MSRP of $87,050 and is available with V6, V8, and V12 engines

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Interior

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL comes with an updated COMAND infotainment system that boasts an improved navigation system and better phone connectivity. The driver will be able to enjoy heated 16-way power seats and a 3-spoke multifunction sport steering wheel, as well as dual-zone climate control. In addition, the SL’s retractable hardtop roof can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 25 mph. Other standard features found inside the SL’s cabin include leather upholstery, multicolor LED ambient lighting, and brushed aluminum pedals.

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Interior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450

  • Three-spoke multifunction sport steering, Power retractable hardtop, Brushed aluminum pedals, Leather and real wood trim, Panorama roof, Dashtop analog clock, AMG illuminated door sills, Sun-reflecting leather upholstery, Power windblocker, Illuminated entry system, Heated 16-way power seats with memory, Multicolor LED ambient lighting, Electric trunk partition, Dual-zone climate control, USB input, Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect Package (five years), HomeLink™ garage door opener, RemoteStart via mbrace Mobile App, COMAND system with central controller, Hands-free Bluetooth, FrontBass system, HD Radio, Navigation (three years), Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay), In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer and SD card reader, harmon/kardon LOGIC7® sound system, Voice control, Bluetooth streaming, SiriusXM Traffic (five years)

Interior available on the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL550

  • Sun-reflecting leather upholstery, Three-spoke multifunction sport steering, Power retractable hardtop, Brushed aluminum pedals, Leather and real wood trim, Panorama roof, Dashtop analog clock, AMG illuminated door sills, Power windblocker, Heated and ventilated seats, AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, 12-way power seats, Active multi-contour seats with massage, Illuminated entry system, Multicolor LED ambient lighting, Electric trunk partition, Dual-zone climate control, KEYLESS-GO, Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect Package (five years), HomeLink™ garage door opener, RemoteStart via mbrace Mobile App, COMAND system with central controller, Hands-free Bluetooth, FrontBass system, HD Radio, Navigation (three years), Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay), In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer and SD card reader, harmon/kardon LOGIC7 sound system, Voice control, Bluetooth streaming, SiriusXM Traffic (five years), Parking Assist with Parking Pilot, Rearview camera

Interior available on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL63

  • Power retractable hardtop, Panorama roof, AMG instrumentation, IWC “Ingenieur” dashtop analog clock, AMG Nappa leather Performance steering wheel, Brushed aluminum pedals, DINAMICA headliner, AMG illuminated door sills, Sun-reflecting AMG leather upholstery, AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, 12-way power seats with memory, Active multi-contour seats with massage, Heated and ventilated seats, Power windblocker, Multicolor LED ambient lighting, Electronic trunk partition, Dual-zone climate control, Illuminated entry, Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect Package (five years), KEYLESS-GO, COMAND system with central controller, FrontBass system, harman/kardon LOGIC7 sound system, COMAND hard-drive navigation, Smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay), Voice control, Bluetooth audio streaming, HD Radio, SiriusXM (6-month All Access trial), SiriusXM Traffic (five years), Hands-free Bluetooth, In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer and SD card reader, Parking Assist with Parking Pilot, Rearview Camera, SmartKey with infrared-remote roof operation

Interior available on the 2017 Mercedes-AMG SL65

  • Power retractable hardtop, Panorama roof, MAGIC SKY CONTROL®, AMG instrumentation, IWC “Ingenieur” dashtop analog clock, AMG Nappa leather Performance steering wheel, Brushed aluminum pedals, DINAMICA headliner, AMG illuminated door sills, AMG exclusive Nappa leather upholstery, AIRSCARF neck-level heating system, 12-way power seats with memory, Active multi-contour seats with massage, Heated and ventilated seats, Power windblocker, Multicolor LED ambient lighting, Easy-pack system, Electric trunk partition, Dual-zone climate control, Soft-close doors, Illuminated entry, USB inputs, Mercedes-Benz mbrace Connect Package (five years), Remote Start via mbrace Mobile App, KEYLESS-GO, HomeLink, COMAND system with central controller, FrontBass system, Bang & Olufsen Beo Sound Premium Sounds System, COMAND hard-drive navigation, Smartphone Integration (Apple CarPlay), Voice Control, Bluetooth streaming, HD Radio, SiriusXM (6-month All Access trial), SiriusXM Traffic (five years), Hands-free Bluetooth, In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer and SD card reader, Distance Pilot DISTRONIC® and Steering Pilot, Active LED headlamps, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Parking Assist with Parking Pilot, Rearview camera, PRE-SAFE PLUS, SmartKey with infrared-remote roof operation

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL convertible carries a starting MSRP of $87,050 and is available with V6, V8, and V12 engines

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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Safety

Every 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL comes standard with eight airbags, antilock brakes, and many other advanced safety features. Active Blind Spot Assist can warn the driver of unseen vehicles on the side of this Mercedes and Distance Pilot Distronic cruise control keeps the SL in the center of the lane and also automatically maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

Standard Safety Features

  • Aluminum body structure
  • Active Brake Assist
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Adaptive Highbeam Assist
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps and LED taillamps
  • Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function
  • PRE-SAFE
  • 8-way airbag protection
  • Pop-up roll bars
  • Adaptive braking technology
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BAS®)
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • NECK-PRO front head restrains
  • MAGIC VISION CONTROL
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Antitheft alarm system

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