It's been close to a decade, but an all-new version of the Mercedes-Benz SL flagship roadster is about to go on sale. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL offers a long list of improvements and changes compared to the current generation of the car, and the vehicle's fresh technological features and design elements help it to stay competitive against its Teutonic rivals from Porsche, BMW and Audi.
In terms of styling the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL features a more upright design with a prominent grille that brings to mind the Mercedes-Benz SLS supercar. From the rear the SL maintains much of the same character as the previous generation car, but the vehicle's side panels feature more aggressive scalloping that fits in with the design's busier overall look. Mercedes-Benz claims that the new hardtop roadster features better aerodynamics than any SL to have preceded it.
According to an article published by Automotive News one of the most noticeable changes made to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL has been the introduction of an aluminum body shell to replace the current model's steel body panels. This measure shaves 242 lbs off of the weight of the SL's body, a modification that will help the full-size convertible turn corners with greater ease as well as contribute to more rapid acceleration. The SL is more svelte than in years past despite the fact that the roadster is almost two inches longer and just a tick more than two inches wider than the departing model.
The SL550 edition of the car will feature a 4.6-liter, direct injection eight-cylinder motor that offers up 429 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque - an improvement of 47 ponies and an enormous 125 lb-ft of twist over the 2012 SL500's much larger 5.5-liter V-8. Better fuel mileage is on the table as well, with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL promising to deliver more than the current base model's 14-mpg city and 22-mpg highway rating thanks in part to an integrated engine start / stop system that reduces idling. A seven-speed automatic transmission will be included as the only available gearbox with the SL550.