Aluminum body structure

Enlightenment. What modern performance is made of.

Nearly 300 lbs lighter than its predecessor, the sophisticated body structure of the 2016 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.

An ultramodern classic

Illumination. How an icon comes to life.

Few cars can draw on 60 years of heritage with such a clear eye to the future. The timeless profile of a roadster is reinterpreted with Imaginative, innovative details. From its LED lighting to the way sun plays on its sculpted shape, the SL is everything it's always been: a sports car ahead of its time, and like no other.

Wind-taming innovation

Engagement. The neverending romance of a roadster.

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.

The exclusivity of designo

Individuality. The purest expression of freedom.

With exclusive, expressive and elaborately created paintwork, leather and interior trim options, designo offers an extraordinary degree of personalization and handcrafted quality that turns your SL into masterpiece you can commission for yourself.


A quartet of biturbo engines

Pure performance heaven brought down to earth.

Ideal mates to the lighter, tighter SL body are its four biturbo engines. Direct Injection and other advances rouse more torque from less fuel in the 329-hp SL400 V-6, the 449-hp SL550 V-8, and the AMG SL63's handcrafted 557-hp V-8. A hand-built 621-hp biturbo V-12 in the AMG SL65 delivers unbridled enthusiasm with uncanny smoothness.

Corner-conquering suspensions

Composed confidence that claws into corners.

With rigid yet lightweight components, the SL's multilink suspension teams with semi-active electronically adaptive damping, to sharpen handling while smoothing the ride. The industry-advancing Active Body Control (ABC) is optional on the SL400 and SL550. ABC is standard, and calibrated for even higher performance, on the AMG models.

The precision of Direct-steer

A sense of direction with decisive authority.

Whether digging into a corner, kicking back on the open highway, or tackling a tight maneuver, the SL's electromechanical power steering delivers the ideal balance of crisp feedback and clear control. Innovative Direct-steer sharpens response in corners, enhances straight-line stability, and eases effort when parking.

Handcrafted AMG power

Racing-proven performance, from one man's hands to yours.

Built and signed by its own master engine builder, the heart of an AMG SL roadster is its handcrafted biturbo engine: a V-8 in the AMG SL63 and the SL65's V-12. 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.



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. 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 roof's glass panel electronically.

Amphitheater ambiance

Feel the bass, or sink into the sound.

Standard harman/kardon surround sound delivers 600 watts of crystal clear audio, even with the top down. Innovative FrontBass® subwoofers use parts of the aluminum body structure as acoustic chambers. Or you can immerse your senses in the richness and visible beauty of the 900-watt, 7.1-channel Bang & Olufsen® BeoSound™ Premium Sound System.

Mercedes-Benz mbrace

Connect to your world, even as you escape.

From your car, computer or smartphone, mbrace connects you and your car. And it does it in ways you already connect with the world: With an ever-growing array of apps. Remote vehicle features. Online services like Yelp® and local search. And assistance in an emergency. For 2016, five years of mbrace® Connect features and services are included.

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 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.

Advanced driver assists

Safeguard your travels, with supportive technology.

While the SL's legacy of safety leadership looks out for your future with breakthroughs like PRE-SAFE® and ATTENTION ASSIST®, its advanced Driver Assistance Package enhances the here and now. It combines Active Lane Keeping Assist with Active Blind Spot Assist and the stop-and-go ease of DISTRONIC PLUS® adaptive cruise control.

Driving while drowsy or distracted is dangerous and must be avoided. ATTENTION ASSIST and/or Lane Keeping Assist may be insufficient to alert a fatigued or distracted driver of lane drift and cannot be relied on to avoid an accident or serious injury.

Blind Spot Assist may not be sufficient to avoid all accidents involving vehicles in your blind spot and does not estimate the speed of approaching vehicles. It should not be used as a sole substitute for driver awareness and checking of surrounding traffic conditions.

DISTRONIC PLUS® adaptive cruise control is no substitute for active driving involvement. It does not react to stationary objects, nor recognize or predict the curvature and lane layout of the road or the movement of vehicles ahead. 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 the DISTRONIC Proximity Warning System before braking, as that may not afford sufficient time and distance to brake safely.