Design

Designed for desire
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The advancement of an icon.

For generations, few cars have inspired desire like the SL. For 2017, it´s even more inspiring. Flowing new LED headlamps sweep back from a reshaped grille. Sculpted lower body styling wraps around 19-inch or 20-inch wheels. And with its retractable hardtop, it's perfectly proportioned as a sleek coupe and as a classic open roadster.

Outfitted for enjoyment
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The romance of the open road.

The classic two-seat cockpit embraces its passengers like the SL hugs the road. Technologically forward yet rooted in tradition, its open-air passion is met with unmatched civility, from its season-extending AIRSCARF® system to innovative sun-reflecting leather that's still carefully fitted to each seat by hand.

Engineered for athleticism
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The enlightenment of lightness.

Nearly 300 lbs lighter than its previous generation, the sophisticated body structure of the 2017 SL is crafted almost entirely from diecast, chilled-cast, hydroformed and extruded aluminum. With 20% greater rigidity, it tips the scales in favor of greater safety, comfort, and most of all, athletic performance.

Tailored for the two of you
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The freedom of individuality.

With an expansive variety of leather upholstery colors and interior trim options, the SL cabin isn't just impeccably crafted. It's individually tailored. A rich palette of full-grain, smooth Nappa and superlatively supple designo leathers complement hand-finished matte or high-gloss wood, textured aluminum, or genuine carbon fiber.


Performance

Advanced biturbo engines
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No two ways about it: A biturbo for every SL

Much as the SL body generates more strength from lighter mass, its biturbo engines rouse more power and torque from less fuel. Both the 362-hp V6 in the new SL450 and the 449-hp SL550 V8 employ ultra-precise tech like piezoelectric Direct Injection and multispark ignition. Both self-tune with millisecond speed to quicken your 0-60 rush.

Handcrafted AMG power
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From one man's hands to yours: the AMG SL roadsters

Built and signed by its own "meister," the heart of an AMG SL roadster is its handcrafted biturbo engine: a 577-hp V8 in the AMG SL63 and the SL65's 621-hp V12. Turning raw power into refined performance is a litany of engineering derived from a legacy of racing victory, from the growl of their exhaust to the grasp of their massive brakes.

Handling of a higher order
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Four tires on a mission: Corner-carving confidence

With rigid yet lightweight components, the 4-wheel multilink suspension teams with semi-active damping for crisp handling with silky smoothness. Industry-advancing Active Body Control® (ABC) adds innovative curve-tilting as an SL450 or SL550 option. The AMG Performance Suspension, also based on ABC, is honed to even sharper, track-tuned edge.

9G-TRONIC and DYNAMIC SELECT
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Nine speeds and five modes: Always the driver's choice

Lighter, quicker and more efficient, the new 9G-TRONIC automatic puts a wider range of ratios with shorter steps between them, to keep you on top of the SL450 and SL550 torque curves. New DYNAMIC SELECT has a mode for every mood, adapting the throttle, shifting, steering and more from Comfort to Sport+. There's even a mode you can customize.


Technology

MAGIC SKY CONTROL
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Feel the sunny breeze, or switch on the shade.

The SL's signature retractable power hardtop transforms from open roadster to cosseting coupe in seconds at up to 25 mph. The standard Panorama roof features a see-through panel and sliding sunshade. For even more viewing options at the touch of a button, exclusive MAGIC SKY CONTROL® lets you darken the overhead glass electronically.

Amphitheater ambiance
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Feel the bass, or sink into the sound.

Standard harman/kardon surround sound delivers 600 watts of lush audio, top-up or down. Innovative FrontBass® subwoofers use body structure elements as acoustic chambers. Or you can immerse yourself in the audible and visible richness of a 900-watt, 7.1-channel Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ system. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto are standard, too.

Apple CarPlay is a product of Apple Inc. Apple´s terms and privacy statements apply. Requires connected compatible iPhone and data plan. Apps, content and features of Apple CarPlay are selected solely by Apple. Connection to apps and streaming services may be limited by the iPhone's network connection. Data usage is routed through iPhone and subject to fees, charges and restrictions in user's wireless plan. Vehicle's factory audio/information interface, including COMAND® navigation and the apps of Mercedes-Benz mbrace®, may not be used simultaneously with Apple CarPlay. When Apple CarPlay is in use, the steering-wheel voice control button accesses Siri® voice recognition software for voice commands. Apple, iPhone, and Siri are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc.

Mercedes-Benz mbrace
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Connect to your world, even as you escape.

From your car, computer or phone, mbrace connects you to your world. It puts an ever-evolving array of apps in your car, and on your smartphone, including Remote Start. In-car searches are easy with Yelp and HERE®. You can even enjoy streaming audio and WiFi. Five years of mbrace® Connect features and services are standard.

All Mercedes-Benz mbrace® services operate only where cellular and Global Positioning Satellite signals are available, which are provided by third parties and not within the control of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. Five years of the "mbrace Connect" services package are included with new-vehicle sales and leases at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. Subscriber Agreement is required for service to be active. Some services are only available on select vehicles. Your PIN is required in order to use certain services. Some services may be limited or restricted in some areas. Driver is responsible for complying with traffic and other laws. See your dealer or MBUSA.com/mbrace for details.

The mbrace Mobile App is compatible with Apple iPhone® models running iOS 7.0 or later, and Android-based phones running OS 2.3 or later.

Pioneering safety systems
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Protective by nature: A 360-degree network of safety advances

The SL has long led the way in roadster safety: Its pop-up roll bar was an SL first. For 2017, Intelligent Drive takes driver assistance into a new era. A 360-degree network of cameras, radar and other sensors can help get you out of danger before you're in it. While new Drive Pilot DISTRONIC® is just one way it eases your every journey.

Even the most advanced safety systems may not be sufficient to avoid an accident. Systems does not react to certain stationary objects, nor recognize or predict the curvature and/or lane layout of the road or every movement of other vehicles and pedestrians. It is the driver's responsibility at all times to be attentive to traffic and road conditions, and to provide the steering, braking and other driving inputs necessary to retain control of the vehicle. Drivers are cautioned not to wait for system alerts before braking, as that may not afford sufficient time and distance to brake safely. See Operator's Manual for system operating speeds and additional information and warnings. Some systems may be optional on some models.