Generating 449 hp, the 4.7-liter V8 combines twin turbos and numerous advances to deliver more torque from less fuel, with cleaner emissions. Rapid-multispark ignition can fire up to four times per millisecond, while high-pressure Direct Injection can fine-tune fuel spray in 0.1 millisecond, reducing emissions, fuel consumption and noise. A lightweight diecast-alloy block, widely variable valve timing, reduced friction, and clever "on-demand'' ancillary components further boost efficiency.
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 system can also be shut off by the driver at any time.
With a greater range of ratios and shorter steps between gears, the new 9-speed automatic changes gears more quickly but nearly imperceptibly. Along with more seamless delivery of power, the lighter, more versatile transmission enhances comfort and fuel-efficiency. A sleek electronic selector and sporty shift paddles let you change gears without taking a hand from the steering wheel.
A multimode drive program selector on the console lets you transform the car's character with the twist of a rotary knob. Four modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+) alter the throttle response, shift points, steering effort, ECO Start/Stop and more. A fifth "Individual" mode allows you to create a mode of your own, even letting you set the transmission for purely manual shifting. With the available Active Body Control (ABC) suspension, a CURVE mode enhances cornering comfort.
For more nimble, precise handling, virtually all components of the 4-wheel multilink suspension are made of rigid, lightweight aluminum. The semi-active Adaptive Damping System continually adjusts to driving inputs and the road surface, and can respond at each wheel in just 10 milliseconds to sharpen handling while the ride stays silky.
Comfort and Sport modes let you tailor handling response and ride firmness to your present driving style.
Perforated and internally ventilated front brake discs help maintain maximum braking performance by better dissipating the heat of hard or repeated braking that can cause brake fade. The perforations are cast in place when the rotor is made, to prevent the creation of stress points that can occur during conventional cross-drilling. For more even and powerful braking force, the front discs feature large 4-piston calipers. Disclaimer
Upgraded brake hardware adds perforated rear discs and grey-painted calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering. Disclaimer
The SL sport exhaust system not only enhances performance but serenades it with the rich sounds emanated from the four polished-chrome tailpipes. Electronically controlled internal flaps respond to engine rpm and throttle loads, as well as the selected drive mode, to serenade acceleration and higher revs with a rewardingly throaty growl, yet with a pleasingly mellow tone during relaxed, quiet cruising.
Standard Torque Vectoring Brake technology provides additional control and precision in turns via targeted rear-wheel braking. If the vehicle's 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.
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.
Flowing new LED headlamps sweep back from a reshaped grille that features a glistening chrome "diamond-block" texture. Sport lower body styling wraps around 19-inch or available 20-inch wheels in an array of designs. And with its signature retractable hardtop, the SL is perfectly proportioned as both a sleek closed coupe or classic open roadster.
Transform your SL from closed coupe to open roadster in under 20 seconds, even as you accelerate up to 25 mph. With a single button on the console, the top folds into the trunk. A new electric trunk partition moves into place automatically as you operate the top, while the rear window pivots 180 degrees to help preserve cargo space with the top stowed.
The Panorama roof brings occupants 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.
Aggressive sculpting of its deep front air dam, flared side sills and rear valence visually hug the road, much like the 19-inch or 20-inch wheels of the SL. The deep front air dam features large mesh air intakes and a color-keyed splitter. Each of the individually sized, shaped and spaced pins in the diamond-block grille is tipped in glistening chrome. The rear valance integrates a color-keyed diffuser insert and dual trapezoidal chrome tailpipes
From its expressive new headlamps to its boldly angular taillamps, long-lasting and energy-efficient LEDs accomplish every exterior lighting function with distinctive style. LEDs also offer quicker illumination, offering other drivers more time to react to your brake lamps and other signals.
Lavished in supple leather, hand-polished wood and a bounty of user-friendly technology, the SL 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.
A precise timepiece with timeless appeal, the optional analog clock is situated atop the finely stitched dashboard beneath its own sporty, arched hood.
Legendary AMG® 5-spoke wheels feature five thin, tapered spokes that reveal the impressive brake hardware. The staggered-width 19-inch alloy wheels and high-performance tires are wider at the rear for greater launch grip, and narrower up front for crisper steering feedback. Disclaimer
The sport steering wheel features a flat-bottom design and hand-stitched Nappa leather rim with perforated side grips. Raised thumbrests are placed at the ideal "10 and 2 o'clock" positions, near the silver-painted shift paddles. Convenient multifunction controls do likewise while operating the most frequently used vehicle functions and the illustrated color menu display in the gauge cluster.
Brushed aluminum pedals with rubber studs offer confident footwork with high-performance style.
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.
Radar-based technology alerts you if you're approaching a vehicle ahead, or even some stationary objects, at a speed and distance that suggest a collision is likely. As soon as the driver starts to brake, Active Brake Assist automatically provides the ideal level of braking, to help prevent a collision or reduce its severity. The system can also provide autonomous braking from speeds up to 65 mph, and can activate the features of PRE-SAFE®. Disclaimer
The first system of its kind, ATTENTION ASSIST® continuously monitors up to 70 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. With enhanced sensitivity, the system can also help detect drivers who begin their trip drowsy, and offer more useful information to drivers along their journey via a new dashboard display. Disclaimer
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.
Bright white LED Daytime Running Lamps and all other front light functions are integrated within the flowing sculpture of the redesigned headlamp assemblies, making them appealing as they are illuminating. Redesigned taillamps feature LED taillamps, turn signals and brake lamps.
Parking Pilot helps you size up open parallel or perpendicular parking spaces as you drive by, using sensors in the bumper. Once you decide to back into one, it can expertly steer and brake the car for you. When it's time to leave, it can even steer you back out. In any low-speed maneuver, Parking Assist's 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 spots with confidence. Disclaimer
This innovative driver-assistance feature helps you to see directly behind your vehicle when backing up. Shift into Reverse, and a wide-angle camera mounted near the rear license plate displays a live view of what´s behind the vehicle on the COMAND® screen in the dashboard. Disclaimer
A Mercedes-Benz first, PRE-SAFE® can detect instability during certain vehicle maneuvers that suggest a collision or rollover is imminent. It can then tighten the seat belts and close the front windows, all in an effort to better prepare the occupants and restraints in the moments before a collision. If no accident occurs, the seat-belt tensioners reverse, and you simply continue on your way. 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
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 SL deploy in a third of a second to help preserve and protect occupant space. Disclaimer
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 HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. 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
Brake Assist senses emergency braking via the speed at which the driver presses the brake pedal and immediately applies maximum available power boost. Brake Assist can potentially reduce the overall stopping distance by eliminating the delay caused by a common human tendency not to brake hard enough, soon enough. Letting up on the brake pedal releases Brake Assist. 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
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.
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.
Supple, full-grain leather is hand-fitted to the seat surfaces and head restraints. Tradition meets technology in an innovative treatment that helps the leather reflect heat and better resist the sun's damaging rays.
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.
Intuitive, and artfully sculpted, seat-shaped controls help you and your passenger find your ideal seating positions with 12-way power adjustment, including cushion length. 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.
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.
Heated and 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, the ventilated seats help keep you cooler and your clothes drier 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.
Five years of mbrace Connect gives you remote access to your car from your smartphone or computer. The Mercedes me app puts Remote Start and numerous other conveniences on your phone. You can access Yelp, local search and more with an ever-growing variety of in-vehicle apps. You can send destinations to your COMAND® navigation system from your phone. Even your car can reach out, with remote diagnostics and a direct connection to Mercedes-Benz Roadside Assistance. Disclaimer
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 network of efficient LEDs and fiber optics casts a gentle glow that outlines the console and doors, both to welcome occupants into the cabin and to help make nighttime driving feel more secure. For an added touch of personality, any of three illumination color profiles (Polar, Solar and Neutral) can be selected. Soft white illumination of the front cupholders and rear footwells, as well as front-door-mounted step-area lighting, are also included.
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.
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 underside of the trunk lid and it powers itself closed. A sensor automatically stops the lid if it detects an obstruction while closing.
An even more convenient enhancement of the electronic trunk closer, HANDS-FREE ACCESS lets you open or close the trunk with a gentle "kick" of your foot under the rear bumper. It's a feature you'll really appreciate when you've got an armful of packages.
A movable divider helps define the generous luggage space that will be available when the power soft top had folded into its well. Electric operation allows this partition to be set into place automatically as you operate the top. A sensor detects if the size and shape of the trunk contents will obstruct the partition. With the top up, the partition allows for greater trunk room.
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.
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
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
Apple CarPlay™ brings an entirely new interface and apps to your Mercedes-Benz. Integrating with your car's in-dash color screen and central controller, Apple CarPlay lets you enjoy a variety of apps via an interface that looks and works like your iPhone®. That's because it links your iPhone and Siri® to your car, so you can make calls, read or dictate text messages aloud, navigate to a destination, stream music, podcasts and audiobooks from a variety of sources, and more. Disclaimer
A leap forward in audio quality, FrontBass® takes advantage of the S-Class bodyshell by utilizing the rigid front frame members as resonance chambers for twin under-dash subwoofers. In addition to providing rich, precise bass throughout the interior, the design saves weight and frees up space in the cabin and doors.
Specifically engineered for the SL, this premium digital sound system fills the cabin with 600 watts of beautifully balanced audio. No fewer than nine strategically placed speakers plus two subwoofers deliver a wholly immersive listening experience through Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound technology. Digital Dynamic Volume Control impeccably and imperceptibly maintains the sound spectrum for consistent listening pleasure in varying driving conditions. Disclaimer
Using GPS technology and a fast 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 high-resolution screen displays not only points of interest, but teams with other vehicle systems to help you find urgent destinations like a fuel station when needed, and works in concert with Mercedes-Benz mbrace® to make searching as simple as it is on your home computer. Disclaimer
Roads, points of interest and even fuel stations are ever-changing. Periodic updates to your COMAND® navigation system's onboard database help it give you the most accurate guidance. COMAND navigation includes map updates at no charge for the first three years. An update takes less than an hour for your dealer to perform, so it's convenient to have it done when you bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance service. See your dealer for more details. Disclaimer
Apple CarPlay™ brings an entirely new interface and apps to your Mercedes-Benz. Integrating with your car's in-dash color screen, central controller and steering-wheel controls, Apple CarPlay lets you enjoy a variety of apps via an interface that looks and works like your iPhone®. That's because it links your iPhone and Siri® to your car, so you can make calls, read or dictate text messages aloud, navigate to a destination, stream music, podcasts and audiobooks from a variety of sources, and more. Disclaimer
Android Auto™ brings a new interface and exclusive apps to your car's in-dash color screen and cockpit controls. Smartphone integration lets you enjoy a variety of audio, entertainment and communication apps via an interface that looks and works like your Android phone. It links your phone, including the power of Google voice recognition, to your car, so you can make calls, hear or dictate text messages, navigate to a destination, stream music and more. Disclaimer
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." 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
Dual USB connectors in the console allow plug-and-play enjoyment from your iPod® or other USB-compatible digital music player. You don't need a special cable, just the one that came with your device, and the ports even provide charging of the device's battery.
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 pro sports 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 COMAND® 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, and you can even display the weather conditions on COMAND's split screen. Five years of service are included. Disclaimer
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.
A single-slot system, the in-dash 6-disc changer plays audio CDs and DVDs. You can even watch a DVD movie while the vehicle is in Park. An in-dash SD memory card reader is also included, so you can play your digital music files.