2017 Mercedes-Benz SL – 4.0s SL65 Leads Butterface Sisterhood



2017 AMG SL63At a loss for words about this new SL.  All my eyes know is that this SL63 and SL65 are ungainly. They are ugly ducklings.

Beside any taste decisions in the nose, the overall proportions are deeply flawed. This is an ugly snout of a nose, with cross-eyed headlights even more exaggerated than the current, crook-eyed beauty.

Surely a view in person will improve what looks like a massive underbite, drooping maw and slightly not-all-there stare.

Woof.

 

 

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL

 

2017 AMG SL

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL

The new Mercedes-Benz SL


The legend – now even more dynamic

Stuttgart. New appearance for an automotive icon: the beginning of 2016 will see the start of customer orders for the Mercedes-Benz SL which will be available from April 2016 with a host of significantly enhanced technical and visual features. More powerful engines, the automatic transmission
9G-TRONIC, DYNAMIC SELECT with five transmission modes and Active Body Control with the curve tilting function all take the legend to a new dynamic level. The high suitability for everyday use has been enhanced with the vario- roof, which can now be operated at up to 40 km/h, and the automatic boot separator. Visually the front end in particular has been made significantly sportier. As a result the bonnet, bumper and headlamps, among other features, are all new.

Press Information

18 November 2015

The Mercedes-Benz SL is the top performer in a wide variety of disciplines: an elegant roadster for relaxed, comfortable cruising or a dynamic coupé for sporty trips on winding roads. Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales & Marketing: “The SL is an all-season vehicle that is fully suited for daily use, but above all it is a dream car for those special moments as a couple. Whatever its owner desires – it fulfils the expectations with technical perfection.”

A particularly eye-catching feature of the new SL is the revised front end: the standard, unique diamond radiator grille extends downwards. Two powerdomes accentuate the long, drawn-out bonnet. Also adding to the unmistakable new appearance of the SL is the new standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System with headlamp housing extending far to the outside. The sporty silhouette is emphasised by the enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings and the exterior mirrors positioned on the beltline.

The model range now comprises the SL 400 with V6 engine uprated to 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Nm (additional 25 kW/35 hp and also 20 Nm) as well as the
SL 500 with the powerful 335 kW (455 hp) V8 engine. As standard the power transfer is handled by the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted in seconds at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the setup of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering at the driver’s behest.

Additional variants include the two Mercedes-AMG models in the guise of the SL 63 and SL 65, the latter with a V12 engine.

The data at a glance:

SL 400SL 500SL 63SL 65
Number of cylinders/arrangement6/V8/V8/V12/V
Displacement (cc)2996466354615980
Rated output
(kW/hp at rpm)
270 (367) at 5500-6000335 (455) at 5250430 (585)
at 5500
463 (630)
at 5500
Rated torque
(Nm at rpm)
500 at
1800-4500
700 at
1800-3500
900 at 2250-37501000 at 2300-4300
Combined fuel consumption
from (l/100 km)
7.79.09.811.9
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)175205229279
Efficiency classDEFG
Acceleration
0-100 km/h (s)
4.94.34.14.0
Top speed (km/h)250250250250

 

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