2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 20 mpg City, 27 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 329 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 2
  • Doors: 2

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What You Will Like

The 2016 SL-Class is a 2-seat sports car with a generous helping of luxury and comfort. Starting at about $84,000, the car is truly in the luxury category, and drivers are treated to some of the best 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 2016

Ahead of a significant refresh for 2017, the Mercedes-Benz SL is unchanged for 2016.


  • 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 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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 S.O.S
    • PRE-SAFE 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
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio
    • iPod/MP3 Media Interface
    • harman/kardon Logic 7 Surround Sound System
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • Automatic Equalizer
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, In-Dash Mounted Single CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, Weatherband and 10 Gb Music Register Internal Memory
    • Radio: COMAND System w/Navigation -inc: 11 speakers
  • Exterior Features
    • Power Convertible Retractable Hard Top w/Lining, Glass Rear Window, Automatic Roll-Over Protection and Power Wind Blocker
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Programmable Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Washer and Delay-Off
    • Front And Rear Fog Lamps
    • Cornering Lights
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • 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
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Sunroof w/Sunshade
    • Panorama Roof
    • Tires: P255/40R18 95Y Fr & P285/35R18 97Y Rr -inc: High-performance run flat
    • Wheels: 18" x 8.5" & 18" Fr x 9.5" Rr Twin 5-Spoke
  • Interior Features
    • Active Multicontour Seats
    • Front Seats w/Leather Back Material and Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
    • 14-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Cushion Extension, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • 14-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Extension, Cushion Tilt and 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
    • Selective Service Internet Access
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • Front Cupholder
    • Front Cigar Lighter(s)
    • Ashtray
    • 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 And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Leather Upholstery -inc: sun-reflecting leather on seats and contrast stitching
    • 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: Driver And Passenger Seats, Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel, Head Restraints and HVAC
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • 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
    • Power Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest
    • Heated Seats
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.0L Bi-Turbo V6
    • Transmission: Electronic 7-Speed Automatic -inc: Touch Shift
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • 2.65 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

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 - 329 @ 5250
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 354 @ 1600
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 101.8
    • Length, Overall (in) - 181.6
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 51.8
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 62.9
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 63
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
    • 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) - 27
  • 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 - P255/40YR18
    • Front Tire Size - 255/35YR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P285/35YR18
    • Rear Tire Size - 285/30YR19
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 427
    • Trans Type - 7
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.38
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.86
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.92
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.37
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.82
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.42
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.65
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Two-Seaters
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3836
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 9.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Photos & Colors


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  • Black designo Cardinal Red Metallic designo Diamond White designo Graphite designo Magno Alanite Gray (Matte Finish) designo Magno Cashmere White (Matte Finish) designo Mocha Black Dolomite Brown Metallic Iridium Silver Metallic Lunar Blue Metallic Magnetite Black Metallic Mars Red Obsidian Black Metallic Polar White Selenite Grey Metallic Shadow Gray Matte
  • Black
  • designo Cardinal Red Metallic
  • designo Diamond White
  • designo Graphite
  • designo Magno Alanite Gray (Matte Finish)
  • designo Magno Cashmere White (Matte Finish)
  • designo Mocha Black
  • Dolomite Brown Metallic
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Magnetite Black Metallic
  • Mars Red
  • Obsidian Black Metallic
  • Polar White
  • Selenite Grey Metallic
  • Shadow Gray Matte

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The richly luxurious Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a two-seat grand touring sports car. The Mercedes-Benz SL400 and SL550 put the emphasis on grand touring, blending nimble road behavior with nearly effortless power. Its crisp body lines look forceful at the front end, and particularly charming with the convertible top down.

The SL-Class was most recently redesigned for 2012, but the nameplate has roots going six decades back. Four SL-Class versions are available, identified by engine.

The SL400 uses newly developed V6, a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine that develops 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The SL550 comes with a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 produces 449 horsepower capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Two AMG editions round out the lineup, delivering the kind of acceleration suggested by the racy body. The SL63 AMG offers a balanced blend of power and handling prowess. Its brawny twin-turbocharged, AMG-built V8, generating 530 horsepower, works with a wet-clutch 7-speed AMG automatic transmission. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 4.1 seconds. A Performance Package boosts output to 557 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Up top is the SL65 AMG, packing a twin-turbo V12 good for 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet and a 7-speed automatic.

Each model stands ready to deliver relaxed luxury along with willing power, as well as nimble maneuvers when needed. Twin-turbo V8s, in particular, can provide an exceptional surge of energy. Driving one of these can become intense, but only if that’s your preference. If not, you can expect relaxed cruising, surrounded by luxury.

All SL-Class models have Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND infotainment system, including a 7-inch display screen, DVD changer, and Web browsing. Optional comfort features include Airscarf, which sends warm air to the driver’s neck. The folding hardtop can have Magic Sky Control, which turns the roof’s glass panel dark. A premium Bang & Olufsen sound system can replace the standard Harman/Kardon setup.

Changes are few for 2016, as a redesigned SL-Class is scheduled for the 2017 model year.


Four levels of power are available in the SL-Class:

SL400 ($85,050) contains the 3.0-liter V6 and comes with leather upholstery, wood trim, 12-way power seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, navigation, ambient lighting, a heated windshield, and 18-inch run-flat tires. Harman/Kardon surround sound has 10 speakers.

SL550 ($108,050) moves up to the 449-horsepower, 4.7-liter V8.

SL63 AMG ($149,700) gets the 530-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8.

SL65 AMG ($217,550) is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine.

Standard safety features include active headlights and LED daytime running lights. Attention Assist is standard, but a rearview camera is part of an option package. The Driver Assistance Package bundles Pre-Safe braking, adaptive radar cruise control, blind-spot assist, and lane-keeping assist. Pop-up rollbars are designed to activate in a rollover.


Over its long history, the SL-Class has gone through a succession of design generations, but a distinctive appearance tends to bind them together. Sporty and bold, the 2016 SL-Class is long and wide. From the rear, it appears related to the smaller SLK.

The overall look is uneven, as if the rear end belongs on a different vehicle. With the top raised, the roofline’s slope and the teardrop-shaped taillamps seem out of sync with the imposing front end. With the top down, the difference is less noticeable.

Overall, the SL-Class has a formal profile with a large nose, somewhat like its Sixties ancestors. A big grille and air dams prevent the car from looking overly large or heavy.


Space is abundant and fittings excellent in the inviting two-seat cockpit, which has a technical feel. Aviation-type vents are complemented by a large LCD screen and a bounty of metallic trim. The steering wheel’s bottom is slightly flat, and the driver grasps a short shift lever on the console.

Wide, supportive seats can accommodate a broad range of body types, keeping each one snug, with plenty of shoulder and elbow room, as well as a cushion extender. Space behind the seats, in contrast, is minimal: just enough to hold a briefcase. A pair of roller suitcases might fit in the trunk if the top is raised, but not when it’s down. With the roof up, getting in demands some bending.

Controls are logically grouped, but not necessarily marked well. The navigation system is integrated with infotainment features, using the COMAND controller.

Driving Impressions

The SL-Class is a luxurious and sport touring roadster, with overtones of the original Ford Thunderbird. In addition to abundant power in a choice of levels, Direct Steer electric power steering helps provide a nimble, engaging road experience. Steering might lacks some feedback, but proper weight balance helps give the SL-Class in a neutral attitude in tight curves.

Active Body Control is available. Although it limits body roll, the active suspension fails to add much to the driving experience. The conventional suspension in the SL400 feels more natural and predictable.

As expected, the V6-powered SL400 is likely to travel at a more leisurely pace than its more potent siblings, though Mercedes-Benz claims a 5.1-second 0-60 mph time, which is very quick. The 7-speed automatic has paddle shifters, and the SL400 is a consistent performer. Because power develops at low engine speed, the V8-powered SL550 yields impressively potent acceleration.

The SL63 AMG amounts to a serious step upward in performance, and has a more exotic character, as well as a lusty engine note. With its V12 engine making 621 horsepower, the SL65 AMG could be considered overkill. Greater weight limits its agility, and it’s only slightly swifter than the SL63.

As for economy, the SL400 is the thrift leader, EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway. The SL550 is EPA-rated at 16/24 mpg, while the SL63 AMG manages 16/25 mpg and the SL65 shrinks to 14/21 mpg.


The SL-Class is a luxurious tourer. Look for deals on the 2016 models in preparation for the next-generation. Few sport/touring car fans are likely to be disappointed with an SL400 or SL550.

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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