A handcrafted 621-hp 6.0-liter biturbo V-12 outputs a pavement-trembling 738 lb-ft. Liquid-to-air intercooling helps reduce intake temperatures. Twin turbos operate at up to 22 psi boost, while a variable-pressure fuel pump and high-speed engine management deliver instant response at all rpm. The 3.9-second 0-60 time and 186-mph top speed are two ways to quantify the results. The overwhelming reward of driving an SL65 AMG defies measurement. Disclaimer
The 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS transmission offers the driver four selectable modes: Controlled Efficiency features a fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop function. Sport mode raises the shift points and reduces shift times by 30%. And both a Sport+ and paddle-shifted Manual mode maintain the selected gear at full throttle or upon reaching the redline.
Arguably the most advanced suspension in production, ABC is further developed by AMG for the demands of high-performance driving. A network of advanced sensors and electronically controlled hydraulics is designed to counteract the effects of roll, vibration, pitch, dive and squat. Innovative logic also helps ABC mitigate the effects of crosswinds. A selectable Sport mode effectively suppresses body roll in quick handling maneuvers, for uncannily flat handling.
Torque Vectoring Brake technology adds control and precision in turns via targeted rear-wheel braking. If the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) detects understeer while cornering, the system applies the brake to the inside rear wheel, temporarily shifting torque distribution in favor of the outside wheel. This causes the vehicle to gently pivot in compensation, putting it on a line of travel, or vector, better suited to the turn. Disclaimer
A pair of aluminum paddles strategically positioned behind the upper steering-wheel spokes allows you to manually upshift and downshift the 7-speed automatic transmission with just a flick of your fingers.
A fuel-saving ECO Start/Stop system automatically shuts off the engine at stoplights and other idle situations. As soon as the driver lifts off the brake, the engine instantly restarts, for immediate acceleration response. The ECO Start/Stop feature can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
The AMG sport exhaust system not only enhances performance but also generates the unmistakable V-12 sound. A pleasingly subtle exhaust note assures relaxed, quiet cruising, while acceleration and higher revs are accompanied by a rewardingly throaty growl from the four polished-chrome tailpipes. A tri-metallic coating in the catalytic converters helps them reach peak cleansing effectiveness more rapidly after a cold start, for more efficient emission control with superior long-term durability.
As enticing as it is intriguing, the AMG DRIVE UNIT's driver-oriented pushbutton controls enable the selection of individual settings for the 3-stage ESP®, suspension and drive modes. A rotary control selects the mode for the MCT transmission. The distinctive centerpiece is the AMG E-SELECT gear lever embossed with the AMG crest, electronically shifting directly between R, N and D with a gentle nudge. A brief tap of the "P" button is sufficient to activate the parking lock.
Advanced, lightweight and highly efficient electromechanical power steering allows for more precise control of steering effort and feedback. Direct-steer automatically varies the steering ratio based on how far you turn the steering wheel. It provides quicker steering and lighter effort while parking while maintaining excellent directional stability and crisp feel at higher speeds.
AMG high-performance brakes shed both speed and heat with remarkable power, thanks to perforated and internally ventilated discs at all four wheels. Compound front discs measure 15.4 inches and are grasped by Silver-painted 6-piston fixed-type calipers. Rear brakes are 14.2 inches in diameter and Silver-painted single-piston sliding calipers. Disclaimer
Powerful 4-wheel disc brakes feature a number of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
Multistage ESP offers a mode for every driving situation: On, Sport and Off. With ESP On, detected instability results in braking intervention at one or more wheels, plus a reduction in engine torque, to help rotate the car back onto the driver's intended course. Sport mode allows for higher drift angles in performance driving, raising the brake-intervention and torque-reduction thresholds. ESP Off removes intervention altogether, making the results a direct expression of the driver's skill. Disclaimer
A locking factor of up to 40% under load helps prevent wheel slip and improve traction when needed by distributing torque to the wheel with greater grip.
As gifted aesthetically as it is athletically, the SL draws an unmistakable line from history to the future. From the upright grille and central Star, the powerful contours of the long hood sweep past the cockpit into the an aggressively contoured tail. Advanced aerodynamics and LED lighting harmonize with elegant chrome-accented vents in the hood and fenders. And with its signature retractable hardtop, it's perfectly proportioned as both a sleek closed coupe or classic open roadster.
A Mercedes-Benz exclusive, this innovative evolution of the Panorama roof concept alters the transparency of its glass panel when electrical current is applied. At its darkened setting, the thermal energy entering the cabin is less than a household light bulb. And even in its transparent mode, both UV and infrared rays are effectively blocked, helping keep the cabin cooler.
Legendary AMG® wheels offer the ultimate in rigidity and light weight, with exotic forged-alloy construction and ten micro-thin spokes whose delicate appearance defies their exceptional strength. The staggered 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels and high-performance tires are both wider and larger in diameter at the rear axle for greater launch grip, and narrower up front for crisper steering feedback. Disclaimer
The SL and AMG legacies join forces in style. The double-crossbar grille is underscored by a deep air dam with mesh intakes and functional side vents. Brilliant chrome details are a V-12 exclusive. Fender vents affirm DNA shared with the classic Gullwing. Wind-taming side sills sweep past substantial wheels to a sculpted rear valance, where four trapezoidal AMG tailpipes flank a silver diffuser. A subtle rear spoiler crowns a lightweight trunklid whose inner structure is made of carbon fiber.
Transform your SL from closed coupe to open roadster in about 16 seconds, the quickest hardtop in its class and perhaps the entire industry. With a single button on the console, the top folds into the trunk. The rear window pivots 180 degrees as the hardtop lowers, to help preserve cargo space with the top stowed.
The Panorama roof opens up a whole new look, inside and out. Occupants enjoy an expansive view of the sky through a heat-reflecting transparent panel. A manual mesh sunshade helps limit the amount of sunlight entering the cabin.
Lavished in supple leather, hand-polished wood and a bounty of user-friendly technology, the SL65 AMG cabin keeps its two occupants feeling coddled, connected and captivated. Classic round air vents and advanced controls and displays reflect two longstanding SL traditions: timeless style and ahead-of-its-time technology.
Subtle in style yet designed for function, the standard rear lip spoiler helps enhance rear-axle downforce at higher speeds, to enhance tire adhesion and overall stability.
With its pronounced contouring, thick padding and Nappa leather-wrapped rim, the AMG sport steering wheel puts the delights of precise handling literally in the driver's hands. Dual aluminum AMG shift paddles provide instant control of gear changes. Convenient buttons on the steering wheel let you control the audio volume and selection, send and end calls on your Bluetooth-enabled phone, and scroll through the features of the multifunction display in the instrument cluster.
The AMG-exclusive gauge cluster features illuminated red indicators and unique graphics within silver metallic bezels. Controls on the AMG steering wheel offer three instrumentation modes: Warmup displays the engine oil and coolant temperature. Setup reveals the driving modes selected via the AMG DRIVE UNIT, including ESP, transmission and suspension settings.
An exclusively racy addition to the instrumentation, a central analog clock is poised top and center in the dash. Modeled after the classic IWC® Ingenieur sports watch, it's also a tribute the car's thoroughbred racing heritage. Disclaimer
Available brushed aluminum door sill inserts welcome you into the the world of AMG performance with backlit logos.
Engineered from road to roof not just as a convertible but as a Mercedes-Benz, the SL body structure enhances both occupant protection and handling precision. Composed virtually entirely from stamped, cast, chilled-cast, thermoformed and extruded aluminum, the body shell is nearly 300 lbs lighter than before yet 20% more torsionally rigid. The only structural steel in the body is the windshield frame, whose "tube-in-tube" pillars offer high strength with minimal vision obstruction.
Another Mercedes-Benz safety breakthrough, PRE-SAFE® can detect instability during certain vehicle maneuvers that suggest a collision or rollover is imminent. It can then tighten the seat belts, adjust the occupied passenger seat, and close the front side windows, all in an effort to better prepare the occupants in the moments before a collision. If no accident occurs, you simply readjust your seat, reopen the windows, and continue on your way. Disclaimer
A Mercedes-Benz innovation, DISTRONIC PLUS® adaptive cruise control uses radar-based technology to adapt your set speed in response to the flow of traffic ahead, automatically slowing until your path is clear again. If the vehicle ahead slows to a stop, DISTRONIC PLUS can brake your car to a full halt. When traffic moves, you can resume with just a tap, or automatically if the stop is under a second. Disclaimer
From your car, your computer or your compatible smartphone, mbrace® offers the industry's most comprehensive range of features for more connected, safe and productive drive time. From making your everyday life easier to helping out in an emergency, mbrace combines advanced cloud-based and GPS technology with 24-hour support from helpful experts. The mbrace hardware is standard, and a trial period for each of the three mbrace Packages is included. Disclaimer
The sophisticated restraint system includes front air bags with dual deployment thresholds, as well as innovative head air bags, plus thorax side-impact air bags and knee bags for both driver and passenger. Disclaimer
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 different parameters of driving behavior, and can automatically alert the driver with both visual and audible warnings if it detects signs of drowsiness on long trips. Disclaimer
In 1989, Mercedes-Benz pioneered the pop-up roll bar, a significant advancement in convertible safety that continues to enhance protection today. When sensors detect an impending rollover, the dual roll bars of the 2015 SL deploy in a third of a second to help preserve and protect occupant space. Disclaimer
At speeds above 20 mph, radar technology helps sense when a vehicle enters the blind-spot area on either side of you, and alerts you by illuminating an icon in the appropriate side mirror. A warning tone sounds if you activate a turn signal while a vehicle is detected. And if you begin to change lanes, advanced active technology can help guide the car back. Disclaimer
With technology that monitors ordinary road markings, Lane Keeping Assist helps detect unintended drifting off-course, and alerts the driver by vibrating the steering wheel. If the driver continues to drift, it can selectively brake individual wheels to help guide the car back into its lane. Disclaimer
Included with DISTRONIC PLUS®, PRE-SAFE® Brake can help to detect an impending collision with a vehicle ahead. Even if you're not using cruise control, it can sound an alert and automatically apply up to 100% of the car's braking force to help reduce the severity of impact. Disclaimer
In darkness, Night View Assist PLUS projects invisible infrared beams and reads them with a special camera. The system can display a clearer, supplemental real-time view of the road ahead in the central in-dash screen. Its advanced technology can also help identify and point out pedestrians and animals along a dark roadway. Disclaimer
As you drive by parking spaces, Active Parking Assist helps you size them up using sensors in the bumper. Once you decide to back into a space, it can expertly steer the car for you. When it's time to leave, it can even steer you back out. In any low-speed maneuver, PARKTRONIC's ultrasonic sensors in the front and rear bumpers help detect nearby objects within its field of view. Audible signals and illuminated displays in the cabin help you navigate tight spaces with confidence.
For added safety when backing up, the rearview camera shows a live view of the area behind your vehicle on the in-dash screen. Disclaimer
Bi-Xenon headlamps help deliver greater visibility than halogen headlamps because their brighter, whiter light is much closer to natural daylight. Active Curve Illumination swivels the beams as you steer, to help you see better into corners at night by increasing usable illumination by up to 90% over conventional fixed headlamps.
Adaptive Highbeam Assist uses continuous input from a camera to automatically vary the range of your headlamps, based on the distance to oncoming vehicles and to those ahead of you. It's engineered to maximize road illumination without creating glare for other drivers.
To help you negotiate tight turns, corner-illuminating front lamps shine toward the inside of the turn. Activated by turning the steering wheel or using the turn signals at low speeds, they're particularly useful in parking structures, suburban neighborhoods or when turning into driveways.
Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps help increase the visibility of your vehicle to oncoming traffic by illuminating front lamps whenever the car is switched on. With long life and low energy consumption, the light-emitting diode (LED) technology is also used for the taillamps, including quicker-illuminating brake lamps. By offering drivers behind you more time to react, their stopping distance may be reduced by several feet, which could make a critical difference in a panic stop.
In the case of a rear impact exceeding a preset threshold, NECK-PRO® front head restraints move forward and slightly upward, reducing the distance between the head restraints and the heads of front-seat occupants. This action helps to reduce the possibility or severity of whiplash-type neck injuries.
Equipped with Emergency Tensioning Devices (ETDs) and belt force limiters, 3-point seat belts are arguably our most important passive safety feature. If a collision exceeds a preset threshold, the ETDs instantly remove slack from the seat belts. Belt force limiters allow a slight amount of give in the seat belts and reduce the peak seat-belt forces on the occupant.
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can automatically detect a substantial loss of tire pressure in any wheel and alert the driver via a warning message in the multifunction display. The advanced TPMS can also display the numeric tire pressure for each mounted wheel.
Adaptive braking technology integrates a suite of advances. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a brake HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Disclaimer
BAS® senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal, and immediately applies maximum available power boost. By eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough, Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance. Letting up on the brake pedal releases BAS. Disclaimer
The Antilock Braking System (ABS) senses impending wheel lockup under heavy braking, and pumps the front brakes individually or the rear brakes together up to 30 times per second. By preventing wheel lockup, ABS helps preserve the driver's steering ability during hard braking. Disclaimer
This safety breakthrough first introduced by Mercedes-Benz continually monitors your driving inputs and the vehicle's motion to help keep it going in your intended direction, especially in corners and during evasive maneuvers. If it detects wheelspin, severe understeer (plowing), or oversteer (fishtailing), ESP® can brake individual wheels and reduce engine power to help bring the vehicle under control. Disclaimer
The SmartKey remote control integrates remote door locks and trunk opener, a removable valet key, and a remote panic alarm. Selective unlocking lets you unlock only the driver's door and fuel filler, or both doors plus the trunk and fuel filler.
Program your Mercedes-Benz to illuminate its exterior lights when you unlock it in darkness, to help illuminate a path to your vehicle.
MAGIC VISION CONTROL® features wiper blades with laser-cut holes that emit a highly precise spray of washer fluid directly in front of the moving wipers. The system eliminates the brief, vision-obscuring spray across the full windshield, and minimizes the overspray and runoff that can reach the passengers during top-down driving. And since the washer fluid reservoir, lines and even the wiper blades are heated, it's also extremely effective in cold weather.
Rain-sensing windshield wipers automatically adjust the intermittent wiper frequency based on the amount of rainfall.
The standard antitheft alarm system is armed automatically when you lock your Mercedes from the outside. It sounds the horn and flashes the exterior lights if a door, the trunk or the hood is opened without first unlocking the vehicle. You can also sound the alarm by pressing the red "panic" button on your SmartKey remote when you're within range of your vehicle.
AMG Exclusive Nappa leather is lavished throughout the SL65 AMG cockpit. It covers not only the seats and door panels (both of which are sewn with an exquisite diamond pattern) but also the entire dashboard, the side sections of the center console and the center armrest. The seatbacks are embossed with the AMG Affalterbach crest, and the hardtop and windshield pillars are lined in DINAMICA, a microfiber with the rich feel of suede but far easier care and greater durability.
Active multicontour seats offer adjustable lumbar supports, side bolsters and shoulder supports, for custom-tailored support. A massage feature helps prevent fatigue on longer drives, and offers settings ranging from gentle to more vigorous. Active side bolsters can be set to automatically increase lateral support in cornering maneuvers, or even in the event of a potential accident.
Extend your top-down driving enjoyment further into a cool evening or later into the season with the AIRSCARF® neck-level heating system. Vents beneath each head restraint deliver warmed airflow to your neck, head and shoulders, like a virtual scarf. With individual 3-stage temperature controls and airflow automatically adjusted to your driving speed, AIRSCARF means you don't have to put the top up just because the sun, or thermometer, has gone down.
For added convenience in the rain or with an armful of packages, you can fully open the trunk via a switch on the driver's interior door panel or a button on the SmartKey remote. Press a button on the driver's door or the underside of the trunk lid and it powers itself closed. A sensor automatically stops the lid if it detects an obstruction. An even easier feature, HANDS-FREE ACCESS, opens or closes the trunk with a gentle kicking motion of your foot under the rear bumper.
Intuitive, seat-shaped controls help you and your passenger find your ideal seating positions with 12-way power adjustment, including cushion length, plus multicontour adjustment of the lumbar, thigh and shoulder supports. A memory system for each seat recalls three stored seat positions with the touch of a button. The driver-seat memory also includes the power steering column and side mirror positions.
Electrically heated seats quickly take the chill out of even the coldest day. Three levels of warming automatically step down after several minutes to the lowest setting.
Separate left and right temperature controls allow the driver and passenger to enjoy personalized comfort. In addition to fully automatic or manual control of blower speed and airflow distribution, the system includes sun and humidity sensors, a dust/pollen filter, and an activated charcoal filter that automatically recirculates cabin air upon detecting a significant increase in smog. It also automatically adjusts to whether the retractable hardtop is open or closed.
Active Ventilated seats are a luxury you'll soon consider a necessity. Three levels of heating and cooling ventilation are offered. By gently circulating air through perforations in the seat and backrest, Active Ventilated seats help keep you cooler and your clothes dryer during warmer months. On cold or damp days, using both the ventilation and heating features together can circulate the seat heating more quickly, to help keep you warm and dry.
At the touch of a button, a mesh screen rises from the rear cabin wall, helping to calm drafts and buffeting in the cabin for more comfortable and quiet top-down motoring. When not needed, it retracts elegantly into the rear cabin wall, out of sight and without taking up trunk space.
A leap in ease and efficiency pioneered by Mercedes-Benz, KEYLESS-GO® lets you unlock, start and drive away without removing the SmartKey from your pocket or purse. You can lock and unlock the doors with a touch of the exterior handles, and start the engine by stepping on the brake pedal and pushing the Start/Stop button on the dash. You can also start the vehicle in the conventional way by removing the Start/Stop button and inserting the SmartKey into the ignition.
As sensors on the inside mirror detect the headlights of vehicles behind you, both the inside and driver-side mirrors gradually darken to reduce reflected glare. To help maintain your rear vision, dimming is automatically cancelled when you shift to Reverse or if an interior light is switched on. The side mirrors are also automatically heated to help disperse mist and fog.
Automatic assist mechanisms quietly and graciously finish closing either door for you or your passenger. Just bring the door to its latch, and the closing assist gently snugs it to its fully closed position.
Program your Mercedes-Benz to illuminate its exterior lights when you unlock it in darkness, to help illuminate a path to your vehicle.
Three buttons on the rear view mirror can be programmed to operate many types of garage door openers, security gates and other HomeLink-compatible features. Disclaimer
Whether you're stuck in traffic or stopped on a hill, the HOLD feature lets you keep the brakes applied without your foot on the brake pedal. After bringing the vehicle to a stop, an additional press of the brake pedal activates the feature and illuminates a "HOLD" icon in the instrument cluster, letting you know you can relax your foot. The brake lamps stay illuminated while the car remains braked. When you're ready to move, just press the accelerator to release the feature and go. Disclaimer
You can raise the hardtop and open windows from outside the vehicle, simply by holding down the "lock" button on the SmartKey remote while aiming it at the infrared sensor in the driver's door handle You can also open the windows, and put the top down, by holding the "unlock" button in a similar manner.
For convenient loading and unloading of the luggage when the hardtop is retracted, the Easy-pack system tilts the folded roof up when you press a button inside the trunk. With the optional HANDS-FREE ACCESS, it tilts up automatically when the trunk opens.
Featuring a high-resolution color display and a central controller on the console, the Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND®) system gives you convenient control of audio, video, hands-free calling and navigation functions. Many features can also be accessed via the integrated steering-wheel controls. Disclaimer
With 12 active speakers, two acoustic lenses and 900 total watts of musical power, the BeoSound system creates a clear and inspirational listening experience. A team of Bang & Olufsen sound engineers have spent hundreds of hours tuning the system to each model, to ensure that every passenger in the car enjoys ideal sound. The acoustic lenses and aluminium speaker grilles elevate the cabin's aesthetics, exuding the level of craftsmanship for which Bang & Olufsen and AMG are renowned.
A leap forward in open-roadster audio quality, FrontBass takes advantage of the SL's innovative aluminum bodyshell by utilizing the rigid front frame members as resonance chambers for twin under-dash subwoofers. In addition to providing rich, precise bass regardless of the hardtop's position, the design saves weight and frees up space in the cabin and doors.
Using GPS technology and an 80GB hard drive to store maps and points of interest, this virtual copilot provides detailed driving directions with remarkable speed and a friendly voice. The COMAND® system's large, high-resolution color screen also displays gas stations, ATMs and Mercedes-Benz dealerships along your route within the contiguous U.S., Canada and Oahu, Hawaii. Three years of map updates are included, easily performed at your authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Disclaimer
A USB connector allows plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other USB-compatible digital music player.
Delivering remarkably crisp, clear audio quality for both AM and FM radio, HD Radio™ technology can increase the number of stations available to you with no subscription or fee. Disclaimer
SiriusXM Radio offers 150+ channels of premium digital entertainment, from news, talk and sports to commercial-free music from every genre. Enjoy live broadcasts of the biggest NFL®, NCAA®, NHL® and NBA® teams, plus 150+ college sports teams. A 6-month trial of the Sirius All Access package is included, with access to 160+ channels of SiriusXM Internet Radio on your computer, smartphone and tablet. Disclaimer
Included with the navigation system, SiriusXM Traffic keeps you up to date on accidents, traffic, construction and road closures, and even helps your vehicle's navigation system find the fastest route based on real-time traffic. SiriusXM Weather delivers detailed, graphical weather reports and forecasts. Three years of service are included. Disclaimer
The Media Interface turns your car into an extension of your iPod or other compatible digital music player. Browse, select and play your music via the vehicle's standard audio controls on the console, dash and steering wheel. Disclaimer
Music Register allows you to copy up to 10GB of music from your own CDs and audio DVDs and save it on the in-dash hard drive, so you can listen to them anytime and anywhere you drive.
An advanced voice control system lets you make easy use of the phone, audio and navigation by saying city names and your phonebook contacts normally, with no need to spell them out. You can even enter an address in one step, just like you're reading it off an envelope. You can train it to learn how you speak, and it even screens out "ums" and "ahs" and understands "yeah" for "yes".
Place and answer calls, and even access select phonebooks without taking your hands off the steering wheel with standard Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free calling. Pairing your Bluetooth-compatible phone with the vehicle is simpler than ever. Then, just leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy hands-free conversations over the audio system.
Visit http://www.mercedes-benz-mobile.com/us/en/ to learn more about Bluetooth connectivity. Disclaimer
Bluetooth audio streaming makes it even easier to enjoy your digital music player. It allows you to connect your Bluetooth-equipped iPod® or other MP3 player wirelessly to your vehicle's audio system for convenient, cable-free playback. Disclaimer
Whether it's on CD, the Music Register or a memory card, Gracenote is a system that recognizes and identifies the music in your collection by title, artist and other information, and even displays album cover art when it's available. Gracenote helps you easily manage and access all your music, regardless of format. Disclaimer
An in-dash SD memory card reader lets you play your digital music files through the audio system.