2014 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Overview
Redesigned last year, Mercedes-Benz's two-seat SL-Class retractable-hardtop convertible is constructed almost entirely out of aluminum and equipped with a choice of V-8 or V-12 power. The SL-Class competes with four-seaters like the BMW 6 Series and Jaguar XK convertibles.
The SL comes standard in 18-inch wheels with 19-inch wheels optional, and bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps with articulating lenses provide excellent lighting. The convertible features a power-retractable hardtop, with two available tops: a glass roof or one that features Magic Sky Control that can change from transparent to opaque. Magic Vision Control special heated wiper blades that spray washer fluid in their own path to avoid spraying occupants when the top is down.
The interior features heated and ventilated leather seats, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, multicolor ambient lighting, and a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The SL in a genuine wood and metal trim and the Airscarf feature blows warm air at occupants' necks. Sound and technology features include Harman Kardon stereo; available Bang & Olufsen stereo, Command multimedia system with navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, Active Parking Assist maneuvers the car into a parking space automatically, and hands-free power trunk-lid opens or closes when you wave your foot under the rear bumper.
Under the Hood
The Mercedes is powered by a 429-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 engine in theSL550 trim, in seven-speed automatic transmission. It comes rear-wheel drive and has fuel-saving stop-start technology. Adaptive suspension comes standard with an available upgrade to Active Body Control active suspension.
The SL Class features a variety of standard safety features including antilock brakes, electronic stability system, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, knee airbags, pop-up roll bars, active head restraints, and a backup camera. Available upgrades include blind spot warning and lane-keeping system, lane departure warning and prevention, and Pre-Safe technology, which can autonomously stop the car if a collision is imminent.
*Overview Courtesy of Cars.com