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Mercedes Drops the Covers on the 2017 SL Roadster

The emphasis is on high-tech dynamics.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL hardtop is more likely to stir up a positive review than its predecessor.

The Los Angeles Auto Show has long been known for its emphasis on green technology, and models like the new Toyota Prius will be putting in appearances this year. But the show has something of a split personality, the other side of the coin best defined by the debut of the newly updated Mercedes-Benz SL.

The sixth generation of the two-seater made its debut in 2012, generating some grumbles and groans from critics who decried its lackluster styling. So, Mercedes designers set out to give the Mercedes SL a little bit more of a dramatic flare, in keeping with the legendary roadsters that have been a brand mainstay since 1954.

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And with its folding hardtop, Active Body Control and new five-mode transmission system, the German maker is playing up the roadster as “an all-season vehicle that is fully suited for daily use,” according to Ola Kallenius, the Daimler AG board member overseeing Mercedes car sales and marketing. (more…)

Mercedes Set to Reveal 2017 SL at LA Auto Show

Rounder face for mid-cycle refresh; bigger changes could follow.

by on Nov.10, 2015

Mercedes-Benz puts a new face on the SL for 2017.

It’s going to be a busy couple of days in Los Angeles next week as the traveling auto show circus rolls into town, and one of more promising debuts on the docket will bring us the 2017 update of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

The sixth generation of the two-seater made its debut in 2012, generating some grumbles and groans from critics who decried its lackluster styling. So, Mercedes designers set out to give the 2017 Mercedes SL a little bit more of a dramatic flare, in keeping with the legendary roadsters that have been a brand mainstay since 1954.

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Mercedes isn’t saying much about the new model, other than pointing out its “diamond grille,” a distinctive new design theme it has picked up from some of the maker’s recent concept models. The high-contrast pattern still frames the classic Mercedes chromed slat and central tri-star.

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First Look: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

What could you do with 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque?

by on Mar.20, 2012

Mercedes will reveal the 2013 SL65 AMG at the New York Auto Show next month.

When even Bentley is talking plug-in hybrid for its planned SUV you have to assume the era of big, powerful luxury cars has come to an end.

Well, not really, as we’ve also seen some new extremes from the likes of Ferrari and BMW, with the F12 Berlinetta and next M6, respectively, reaching record levels of power and performance.  And now, Mercedes-Benz is weighing in with some selectively leaked details about the next-generation SL65 AMG — which debuts at the New York Auto Show next month.

We’ve already gotten a peak at the SL63 AMG – yes, there are two different AMG-badged versions of the all-new Mercedes roadster.  But the SL65 has always been the pinnacle for those who just can’t find enough places to spend their money.  And Mercedes has to give them something to justify the price, which should be pushing well up towards the $200,000 mark when the new model reaches showrooms later this year.

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For that cash you’ll get a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 making a seriously impressive 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The engine is actually a tuned-up holdover — though such updates as turbochargers with an enlarged spiral cross-section, new manifolds and optimized wastegate channels helped deliver an additional 17 hp.

So, equally significant is the switch to a new 7-speed AMG Speedshift gearbox.  Until now, SL65 buyers had to suffer through a dated 5-speed, the only transmission that could handle the V12’s stump-pulling torque.

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Sixty Years Later: the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL

That’s SL, as in “sportier” and “lighter.”

by on Jan.09, 2012

Mercedes has made the SL both sportier and lighter for 2013, it claims.

It’s been nearly six decades since Mercedes-Benz introduced the then-revolutionary SL, those letters short for “sport” and light.”  Like all too many other products introduced in the decades since, the SL roadster has gotten bigger and bulkier.  But the all-new model making its debut at Detroit’s Cobo Center this week takes the Mercedes 2-seater back to its roots.

Think of the all-new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL as “sportier” and “lighter.”

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To get there, the maker has completely redesigned the SL, reverting to a modern take on the original car’s aluminum tube frame that shaves as much as 300 pounds off the 2013 Benz, depending on the specific model.

“Decreased weight means increased agility,” said Mercedes brand boss Dieter Zetsche at a sneak preview the night before the official opening of the 2012 North American International Auto Show. “Saving weight,” he added, “means saving gallons.”

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Mercedes Reportedly Readying SLA Mini-Roadster

Could tackle Audi TT and reported BMW Z2.

by on Sep.06, 2011

A decade-and-some later, Mercedes may finally introduce a version of this SLA concept roadster.

Better late than never, apparently.  More than a decade after showing off its Vision SLA, a concept for a Miata-sized luxury roadster, Mercedes-Benz appears to be ready to bring it to market.

Industry sources indicate the soft-top would not only be the smallest 2-seater in the tri-star line-up but would also be the first to drive the front wheels when it comes to market, apparently as early as next year, if industry scuttlebutt proves accurate.

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That fits with comments made by Mercedes’ U.S. CEO Ernst Lieb, earlier this year, following the unveiling of the latest A-Class concept vehicle at the New York Auto Show.  At the time, Lieb not only confirmed a version of the A-Class will come to the States but hinted that Mercedes would probably have as many as four distinct body styles based on the new platform.

The smallest offering in the Mercedes line-up would go up against the likes of the Miata, or in the luxury segment, the Audi TT and the 1-Series roadster reportedly being developed by BMW.

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