With a beautifully executed blend of performance, luxury and technology, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is undoubtedly advantaged over its competition. The roadster also comes with a myriad of upscale features such as a relatively spacious and impeccable trimmed interior, effortless acceleration, capable handling, relaxed ride, big-for-a-convertible trunk, and a retractable glass-roof hardtop. Its date of release, although speculative, should be expected towards the end of 2nd Q of 2017.
Just like a high-dollar diamond, you’ll have to look hard and long in order to find the faults in the new 2017 SL-Class model. See, it may not be excellent, but its stylish looks, and immaculate cabin are definitely the best we’ve seen in a long time. And if you do happen to find them, they will just me mere quibbles.
The cabin comes dressed up in some of the finest materials you can find, and lots of technologies that are certainly designed to delight and pamper you, from the Magic Sky panoramic roof to the beats provided by the upscale Bang & Olufsen sound system, and the AirScarf neck-level heater in between.
Under the hood, Mercedes has provided four sprightly capable engines ranging from 329-hp to the eye-popping 621 horsepower from the V12 behemoth. The SL-Class ensures that you do not run out of impressive technologies regardless of the trim level.
But even so, the new 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class still has some competitors grasping at its heels. They include the 2017 Porsche 911, the 2017 Jaguar F-Type, and the 2017 Audi R8. And if cost is not a problem for you, the 2017 Bentley Continental GT is a great option too. We think the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is nonetheless the best even in the face of these diverse and lust-worthy rivals.
Available Trims – Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
The two-seat, retractable-hardtop 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class convertible is available in a whopping four trims: SL400, SL550, AMG SL63, and the AMG SL65 trims.
Interior Changes & Exterior Colors – 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Some of the standard features and equipment available on the SL400 trim includes LED daytime running lights, automatic climate control, automatic high-beam control, 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, an adaptive suspension system, front and rear foglights, automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, driver memory functions, sun-reflective leather upholstery, full-width glass roof panel, power-folding hardtop, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-operated wind deflector, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, four-way power lumbar, and heated eight-way power seats.
Technology features available include an 11-speaker Harman Kardon premium sound system, mbrace emergency communications system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, satellite and HD radio, a CD player, a navigation system, and the COMAND electronics interface.
The optional Premium package tacks in a 12-way “active multi-contour” seats, a hands-free power trunk closer, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, adjustable side bolsters, the AirScarf neck-level heating system, an automatic parallel-parking system, and a hands-free power trunk closer.
The only difference between the SL400trim and the SL550 trim includes front and rear parking sensors and V8 engine.
Both the SL550 and SL400 are eligible for the Sport Wheel option. The package bundles a perforated leather trim, a sport steering wheel, drilled rear brake discs, 19-inch wheels, and painted brake calipers.
The AMG SL63 trim bundles upgraded brakes, 19-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, a more powerful V8, special styling elements, more aggressively calibrated adaptive suspension, an IWC “Ingenieur” dashtop clock, a sport exhaust, an upgraded leather upholstery, carbon fiber interior trim, and a higher top-speed limiter.
The top-rated AMG SL65 gets everything above plus 20” rear and 19” front wheels, and a V12 engine.
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Engine Specifications
Propelling the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S400 is a 3.0L V6 engine rated at 329 hp and 354 lbs. ft. of torque. This power gets routed to the rear wheels via the seven-speed automatic transmission system. A time of 4.9 seconds is what this model requires to hit 60 mph.
A 4.7L V8 engine rated at 429 horsepower and 516 lbs. ft. of torque inspires the SL550 trim, and only needs 4.4 seconds to zoom past 60 mph.
The SL63 AMG trim comes equipped with a 5.5L V8 engine rated at 577 horsepower and 664 lbs. ft. of torque under its hood.
Finally, a turbocharged 6.0L turbocharged V12 engine comes under the hood of the SL65 AMG trim. The power – 621 hp and 738 lbs. ft. of torque is routed to the rear wheels via the specialized seven-speed automatic transmission system.
Price & 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Release Date
Expect its release date during the 2nd Q of 2017. The SL-Class Convertible will cost you an MSRP of $85,050, $149,700 for the SL-Class SL63 ALG, and $217,550 for the SL-Class SL65 AMG model.