2018 Mercedes-Benz SL

 
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL
 
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL
 

2018 Mercedes-Benz SL

MSRP 
$89,195
Invoice 
$83,721
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 28 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 362 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 2
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The 2018 SL-Class is a 2-seat sports car with a generous helping of luxury and comfort. Starting at about $88,200, the car is priced squarely in the luxury category, and drivers are treated to some of the best automotive technology available. The SL features a powerful engine, a very willing chassis and a clever folding hard top.

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What's New For 2018

The Mercedes-Benz SL is mostly carried over heading into 2018. Styling has been revised modestly around the front fascia and the wheels, which now are appointed with a simplified Mercedes emblem. A backup camera is now standard as are puddle lamps that illuminate a Mercedes-Benz logo at the driver's feet upon entry. Mercedes offers an AMG Sport steering wheel and seatbelts are now offered in red or silver.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • mbrace2 Emergency Sos
    • Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • BabySmart Childseat Sensor
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio
    • harman/kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound System
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Streaming Audio
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Automatic Equalizer
    • iPod/MP3 Media Interface
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted 6-Disc CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, Weatherband, DVD-Audio and 10 Gb Music Register Internal Memory
    • Radio: COMAND 5.1 Infotainment System
  • Exterior Features
    • Chrome Grille
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Programmable Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
    • Rear Fog Lamps
    • Cornering Lights
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Power Convertible Retractable Hard Top w/Lining, Glass Rear Window, Automatic Roll-Over Protection and Power Wind Blocker
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum/Composite Panels
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets And Reservoir
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Metal-Look Door Handles
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Body-Colored Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Fixed Glass Panorama 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Tires: P255/35R19 95Y Fr & P285/30R19 97Y Rr -inc: High-performance run flat
    • Wheels: 19" x 8.5" Fr/19" x 9.5" Rr 5-Spoke Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Power Front Seats w/Memory
    • Bucket Front Seats w/Leather Back Material and Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
    • 4-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • 4-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • mbrace Connect Selective Service Internet Access
    • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • Front Cupholder
    • Front Cigar Lighter(s)
    • Ashtray
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 2 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Homelink Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Residual Heat Recirculation
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum/Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Leather Upholstery
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Locking Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel, Head Restraints and HVAC
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows, Sunroof/Convertible Roof and Remote Engine Start
    • COMAND Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Down, w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Heated Seats
    • Power Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.0L Bi-Turbo V6
    • Transmission: 9G-TRONIC Automatic
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 3.07 Axle Ratio
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 19.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Multi-Link Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
    • Brake Actuated Limited Slip Differential

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 14.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 8.5
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.0 L/183
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 362 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 369 @ 2000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 101.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 51.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 63
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 50.5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 42.9
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.5
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.6
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 28
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.2
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mercedes-Benz SL
    • Body Style - Roadster
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P255/35YR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P285/30YR19
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 421
    • Trans Type - 9
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 5.35
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.24
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.25
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.64
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.21
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.80
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.07
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.86
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.72
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Two-Seaters
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.6
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3826
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2018 Mercedes-Benz SL Photos & Colors

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  • Black Brilliant Blue Metallic designo Cardinal Red Metallic designo Diamond White Metallic designo Selenite Grey Magno (Matte Finish) Dolomite Brown Metallic Iridium Silver Metallic Magnetite Black Metallic Obsidian Black Metallic Polar White Selenite Grey Metallic
  • Black
  • Brilliant Blue Metallic
  • designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  • designo Diamond White Metallic
  • designo Selenite Grey Magno (Matte Finish)
  • Dolomite Brown Metallic
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Magnetite Black Metallic
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Polar White
  • Selenite Grey Metallic

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Introduction

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is not so much sports car as it is small luxury roadster. It’s elegant and powerful, while being gentle and nimble. Open-air rivals might be the iconic Porsche 911 Cabriolet and legendary Chevrolet Corvette, while other marketplace competitors would include the gorgeous Jaguar F-Type, and awesome Aston Martin DB9.

Now in the seventh year of its generation, the SL-Class was freshened and upgraded for 2017 with a more svelte body and new 9-speed transmission. It’s unchanged for 2018, except a rearview camera is now standard on the lowest model, the SL450.

The entry-level model is the SL450 with its twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, making 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Next comes the SL550, sporting a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 with 449 hp and 516 lb-ft.

The SL65 flaunts a massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 that delivers a racecar-like 621 hp and unbelievable 738 lb-ft of torque. Finally, there is the Mercedes-AMG SL63, which backs things down a bit, but not much, to a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 making 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque; it uses a 7-speed automatic.

The SL-Class hasn’t been crash-tested by the government or insurance industry, but it’s safe to say that it’s exceptional among performance cars, as it receives so many of the active safety systems found in the S-Class flagship sedan. Collision Prevention Assist Plus is standard, with active brake assist. Also active headlamps, LED daytime running lights, and Attention Assist, which monitors the driver for drowsiness and displays a coffee-cup icon on the dash when it’s time for a caffeine break.

The 2018 SL-Class hasn’t been rated by the EPA, but the SL450 with the twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 should get about 23 miles per gallon. Mileage goes down as power goes up in the other models.

Lineup

The SL450 ($88,200) uses a twin-turbo V6, the SL550 ($112,300) a twin-turbo V8, the SL65 ($222.000) a twin-turbo V12, and the AMG SL63 ($152,800) a hotrod twin-turbo V8.

The SL-Class comes standard with front airbags, side airbags that extend to protect the head and thorax, knee airbags, and pop-up roll bars that activate in a rollover. Options include parking sensors and park assist, which uses sensors and electric power steering to angle the SL into a spot while the driver maintains control over the brake.

An available Driver Assistance package adds adaptive cruise control with steering assist, an Active Brake Assist system with cross-traffic functionality, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and Pre-Safe Brake, which will brake at up to 40 percent power, while sounding an alert, if traffic is stopped ahead. With the latter feature, the moment the driver touches the brake pedal 100 percent of braking power is delivered.

Walkaround

New sheetmetal for 2017 made the SL-Class more emphatic and expressive. The front end features a long hood with twin bulges, and a grille that’s more vertical, inspired by the gullwing 300SL W194 that won the 1952 La Carrera Panamericana (after a vulture with a 45-inch wingspan smashed through the windshield and knocked the navigator unconscious). Big round LED headlamps with LED running lights finish off the look.

There’s an A-wing design in the front that also hints of the old car, leading to a body-colored splitter. Big air dams and sculpted body panels make the SL look athletic and chiseled. It’s like a brawny sports sedan face on a graceful touring coupe body. From the side it’s not the best-looking Mercedes, but from other angles it commands a presence.

The hardtop roofline and teardrop taillamps seem out of balance with the front end, so as a result it looks best with the top down.

Interior

The cockpit is precise, like a business jet, with round airplane-like vents and lavish details. The leather is stitched in two rows, and there’s enough metallic trim to embarrass an Audi. The steering wheel has a flat bottom, and the shifter is just a tiny knob on the console. What a car this would be with a manual transmission.

The dash is less flowing and more compartmentalized than the Mercedes C-Class and S-Class sedans. Four chrome-tipped vents anchor the dash that includes a big glowing touchscreen, optional analog clock, and more trim in dark polished wood, aluminum, or carbon fiber. The controls are grouped logically but not all identified with clear icons. The center console is wide, flaring out to hold two big cupholders.

The COMAND infotainment system has Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Fancy sound options include a Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The hardtop can go up or down when the car is moving 25 miles an hour or less. The roof panels are automatically stored in a place that doesn’t use much trunk space, good thing because it’s already pretty small. It only holds a couple of carry-on bags with the top up.

The seats are wide and deeply scooped, but with 12 adjustments they’re supportive for all sizes, including long legs thanks to a bottom cushion extender. They can be heated, cooled or massaged, and warm air can be blown on your neck from the Airscarf. Behind the seats, there’s enough room for a briefcase, but behind each seat is a deep bin with a lid. Climbing in and out, with the top up, requires some bending, but not as much as with a sports car.

Under the hardtop, it’s as quiet as a coupe. With the top down and windows up, the effective air deflector makes it possible to have a conversation at 70 mph without shouting.

Driving Impressions

It’s a fast lineup. The fact that the 362-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 (with 369 pound-foot of torque) is the slowest engine, mostly indicates the other engines are overkill. The twin-turbo V6 is enough power, period. Actually the SL450 feels nearly as quick as the SL550 with its twin-turbo V8. Not only that, it sounds more strident, if less throaty.

You have to want the basic nature of a V8 to prefer the SL550. The V8 power characteristic maybe best fits the touring character of the SL. The SL550 lopes along in a refined manner. However we observed some uncouth behavior at low speeds and easy throttle, which we blame on the 9-speed transmission, or more precisely, the transmission/engine combination.

We think the AMG SL63 hits a sweeter spot of high performance, and it handles the best, although the heavier SL65 is the fastest at 186 miles per hour, and zero to sixty in four seconds flat. Although we haven’t driven the V12 SL65 yet.

As for handling, the SL-Class feels secure as a vault as it rolls down the road. There are five Dynamic Select modes (Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual). Sport mode isn’t particularly firm, but it handles sweepers with grace. The electric power steering isn’t engaging like a sports car, but it’s stable on center and gets quicker off center.

The standard suspension is excellent. Available Active Body Control moves the suspension into another realm.

ABC is a full active suspension system, controlled by hydraulics and capable of adjusting its parameters in milliseconds. It helps erase lift during hard acceleration, nosedive during hard braking, and body roll during hard cornering. It includes a Curve Tilting function that helps the car lean into corners up to 2.65 degrees, as a motorcycle rider would, to reduce lateral Gs within the car.

Summary

The SL-Class offers four distinct models to choose from, built around four engines, bringing four personalities. We think the most modest among them, the SL450 with its twin-turbo V6 making more than enough horsepower, is the most appropriate in keeping with the overall character of the car. Beware the new 9-speed automatic transmission.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with driving impressions by The Car Connection.

 

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