Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster
Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster

2019 Mercedes-Benz SL 550

Pros: Impeccable fit and finish with top-notch materials; impressive performance in the best grand-touring-car tradition; fantastic standard and available luxury equipment, including impressive stereo systems

Cons: Incredibly expensive; SL’s size and heft mean it is not as agile as other two-seat sporty roadsters; stop/start function is not as smooth and seamless as it could be

CG Says: The 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class drops its V12-powered AMG SL 65 model. Otherwise, the SL-Class is little changed. Mercedes-Benz SL is a 2-passenger, 2-door convertible with a power-retractable hard top. The SL is larger and significantly more expensive than the other Mercedes-Benz roadster, the SLC-Class. The SL 450 is powered by a 362-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, while the SL 550 has a 449-hp turbocharged 4.7-liter V8. The AMG SL 63’s turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 develops 577 hp. The AMG SL 63 has a 7-speed automatic transmission, while the SL 450 and SL 550 have 9-speed automatics. From Hollywood to Wall Street, the SL is a vehicle for those who have made it and want to show it. Its rivals include the BMW 6-Series, Jaguar F-Type, and Porsche 911. As ever, the SL-Class is stylish, amazingly finished, and enjoyable to drive. A few highlights of its many technological features are the “Magic Sky Control” adjustable-tint fixed sunroof, “Airscarf” neck-level heater, and sophisticated “Active Body Control” adjustable suspension. SL’s prices are formidable, but they reflect a genuine premium luxury character; this is one of the most regal two-seat roadsters available.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices SL 450: $90,145
SL 550: $114,545
AMG SL 63: $155,445

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (SL 450)
Horsepower
362
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 (SL 550)
Horsepower
449
Std. Transmission
9-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
25

Optional Engine
turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 (AMG SL 63)
Horsepower
577
Std. Transmission
7-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
23

Mercedes-Benz AMG SL63
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 63
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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