2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$98,500-$299,000
$91,605-$278,070
11 /CITY / 18 /HWY
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What Changed for 2009:

  • Dramatic new exterior look
  • New standard Panorama Roof and Parktronic system
  • Two high-performance AMG models offered
  • SL63 AMG with Multi-Clutch Transmission replaces SL55
  • New super-performance SL65 AMG Black Series coupe
  • Standard AMG body cladding on all models
  • Upgraded interior appointments
  • Refined COMAND (Cockpit MANagement and Data) system
  • North American sales began in Spring 2008
Overview
Serving as the German automaker's flagship roadster, the SL-Class is Mercedes-Benz's premium 2-seater and features a retractable hardtop. The car is the direct descendent of the 300SL \"Gullwing\" coupe that debuted during 1954, evolving into the famed Mercedes' racing cars of the period. A convertible (roadster) version of the original SL was introduced in 1957.

Now in its fifth generation, the current convertible-only body style has been on sale since the 2003 model year. Mercedes solved the 4-season convertible question with an electric-powered folding steel \"Vario Roof\" as standard equipment-a \"first\" for the SL-Class. The \"clamshell\" roof goes up or down in 16 seconds, according to Mercedes. The SL was significantly updated for the 2007 model year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first 300SL roadster.

For 2009, Mercedes has significantly updated the interior, exterior and technology on the 2-door retractable-roof coupe. More than just a mild exterior freshening, the updates to the latest model are unmistakable as they align the appearance of the SL with its larger sibling, the 2009 CLS-Class. The front end has been significantly altered with a new bumper, single-bar grille, and sleek, more angular headlamps. The redesigned hood incorporates twin power domes, and the gill-type air outlets on the front quarter panels were stylistically altered. According to Mercedes, the changes make a symbolic visual connection to the famous 1954 300SL. Changes continue to the larger mirrors with built-in turn signals; new, pronounced air diffuser in the rear; and new trapezoidal exhaust tips. Cockpit upgrades include a new 3-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles in front of a restyled instrument cluster. The gauges have been designed to sweep through their movements when the ignition is switched on. Upgraded seats include an improved version of the AIRSCARF system.

Mercedes-Benz's 4-year/50,000-mile warranty includes a 24-hour roadside assistance program.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in four rear-wheel-drive roadster models and a new special-edition V-12 coupe: SL550 and SL55 AMG with V-8 power; SL600 and SL65 AMG with V-12 engines. The AMG versions are hand-built by Mercedes' in-house high-performance department.

The SL550 contains a premium leather interior; hand-polished wood trim; 12-way power-adjustable and heated seats with pneumatic lumbar support and memory; leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel; power-adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column; DVD-based navigation and audio system with 8 speakers; Bose AudioPilot digital surround sound; in-dash CD player and separate 6-disc changer; satellite radio; hands-free telephone interface; dual-zone automatic climate controls; cruise control; auto-dimming mirrors; integrated garage door opener; and SmartKey with remote roof control. An iPod/MP3 interface is optional.

Replacing the outgoing 2008 SL55 AMG is the SL63 AMG, with a larger (6.2-liter) V-8 engine, massaging multi-contour seats, and carbon-fiber interior trim. The 12-cylinder SL600 features a panoramic roof, Nappa leather, heated and ventilated seats, wood and leather steering wheel, and keyless entry and starting. The SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG add carbon-fiber trim, plus AMG sport seats and steering wheel.

For 2009, Mercedes-Benz has launched a special, very limited-production SL65 AMG Black Series coupe with a carbon-fiber fixed roof, broadened front fenders, hood, trunk lid, and front/rear aprons. Weighing 550 pounds less than a standard SL roadster, the Black Series can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, according to Mercedes. Its V-12 engine generates 650 hp, versus 604 hp for the regular SL65 model. Weight-optimized AMG forged alloy wheels are staggered in diameter and width. Vented, perforated composite ceramic brake discs are visible through AMG double-spoke wheels.

Powertrain
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL550 carries a 5.5-liter V-8 engine tuned to provide 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque, linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission that sends its power to the rear wheels. The car rides on an automatically adjusting suspension that Mercedes calls Active Body Control (ABC), with 18-inch wheels. The EPA gives the SL550 a fuel-economy estimate of 13 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

Replacing the SL55, the new SL63 AMG gets 518 hp out of its 6.2-liter V-8 engine, plus 465 lb.-ft. of torque, driving a new AMG Speedshift 7-speed Multi-Clutch transmission with four shift modes and automatic double-clutching. The SL63 gets an AMG-enhanced ABC suspension, AMG high-performance brakes, 19-inch AMG wheels, plus AMG sport exhaust and aerodynamic bodywork. EPA estimate for the SL63 AMG is 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

The SL600's twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-12 engine provides 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. This model is equipped with a modified 5-speed automatic transmission, ABC, and 18-inch wheels. The SL65 AMG contains an AMG transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels, exhaust and bodywork, but the 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine is tuned to 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. Both V-12 engines earn EPA estimates of 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway. In the new SL65 AMG Black Series, the V-12 engine develops more than 650 hp, helped by 12-percent larger turbochargers and more efficient intake air intercooling. The Black Series' toughened Speedshift Plus 5-speed automatic transmission has four shift modes and automatic \"throttle-blipping.\" A fully adjustable suspension is installed.

Mercedes offers a unique Performance package for the SL63 AMG in 2009. Already distinctively styled to differentiate it from other SL models, the Performance package is designed for the true driving enthusiast, according to Mercedes. Included are vented ceramic front disc brakes, limited-slip differential, high-performance suspension, smaller AMG sport steering wheel, and 19-inch, twin-spoke, forged light-alloy wheels.

Safety
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class comes with Tele Aid emergency calling and communications, front and side air bags, and special knee-protecting air bags. It also is equipped with Xenon automatic headlamps with high-pressure washers, and tire-pressure-monitoring technology. If sensors detect an impending rollover, a leather-covered roll bar pops up automatically in one-third of a second, according to Mercedes. Furthermore, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is a technology designed to reduce the likelihood of skidding or spinning. The car also features Mercedes' electrohydraulic braking system with anti-lock brakes and brake assist. The special-edition SL65 AMG Black Series features a 3-stage Electronic Stability Program.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the current-model Mercedes-Benz SL.

Technology
Mercedes-Benz upgraded their COMAND infotainment system for 2009. The multimedia interface, featuring a 6.5-inch display, has been refined for easier connection to an

What Changed for 2009:

  • Dramatic new exterior look
  • New standard Panorama Roof and Parktronic system
  • Two high-performance AMG models offered
  • SL63 AMG with Multi-Clutch Transmission replaces SL55
  • New super-performance SL65 AMG Black Series coupe
  • Standard AMG body cladding on all models
  • Upgraded interior appointments
  • Refined COMAND (Cockpit MANagement and Data) system
  • North American sales began in Spring 2008
Overview
Serving as the German automaker's flagship roadster, the SL-Class is Mercedes-Benz's premium 2-seater and features a retractable hardtop. The car is the direct descendent of the 300SL \"Gullwing\" coupe that debuted during 1954, evolving into the famed Mercedes' racing cars of the period. A convertible (roadster) version of the original SL was introduced in 1957.

Now in its fifth generation, the current convertible-only body style has been on sale since the 2003 model year. Mercedes solved the 4-season convertible question with an electric-powered folding steel \"Vario Roof\" as standard equipment-a \"first\" for the SL-Class. The \"clamshell\" roof goes up or down in 16 seconds, according to Mercedes. The SL was significantly updated for the 2007 model year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first 300SL roadster.

For 2009, Mercedes has significantly updated the interior, exterior and technology on the 2-door retractable-roof coupe. More than just a mild exterior freshening, the updates to the latest model are unmistakable as they align the appearance of the SL with its larger sibling, the 2009 CLS-Class. The front end has been significantly altered with a new bumper, single-bar grille, and sleek, more angular headlamps. The redesigned hood incorporates twin power domes, and the gill-type air outlets on the front quarter panels were stylistically altered. According to Mercedes, the changes make a symbolic visual connection to the famous 1954 300SL. Changes continue to the larger mirrors with built-in turn signals; new, pronounced air diffuser in the rear; and new trapezoidal exhaust tips. Cockpit upgrades include a new 3-spoke steering wheel with shift paddles in front of a restyled instrument cluster. The gauges have been designed to sweep through their movements when the ignition is switched on. Upgraded seats include an improved version of the AIRSCARF system.

Mercedes-Benz's 4-year/50,000-mile warranty includes a 24-hour roadside assistance program.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in four rear-wheel-drive roadster models and a new special-edition V-12 coupe: SL550 and SL55 AMG with V-8 power; SL600 and SL65 AMG with V-12 engines. The AMG versions are hand-built by Mercedes' in-house high-performance department.

The SL550 contains a premium leather interior; hand-polished wood trim; 12-way power-adjustable and heated seats with pneumatic lumbar support and memory; leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel; power-adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column; DVD-based navigation and audio system with 8 speakers; Bose AudioPilot digital surround sound; in-dash CD player and separate 6-disc changer; satellite radio; hands-free telephone interface; dual-zone automatic climate controls; cruise control; auto-dimming mirrors; integrated garage door opener; and SmartKey with remote roof control. An iPod/MP3 interface is optional.

Replacing the outgoing 2008 SL55 AMG is the SL63 AMG, with a larger (6.2-liter) V-8 engine, massaging multi-contour seats, and carbon-fiber interior trim. The 12-cylinder SL600 features a panoramic roof, Nappa leather, heated and ventilated seats, wood and leather steering wheel, and keyless entry and starting. The SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG add carbon-fiber trim, plus AMG sport seats and steering wheel.

For 2009, Mercedes-Benz has launched a special, very limited-production SL65 AMG Black Series coupe with a carbon-fiber fixed roof, broadened front fenders, hood, trunk lid, and front/rear aprons. Weighing 550 pounds less than a standard SL roadster, the Black Series can accelerate to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, according to Mercedes. Its V-12 engine generates 650 hp, versus 604 hp for the regular SL65 model. Weight-optimized AMG forged alloy wheels are staggered in diameter and width. Vented, perforated composite ceramic brake discs are visible through AMG double-spoke wheels.

Powertrain
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL550 carries a 5.5-liter V-8 engine tuned to provide 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque, linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission that sends its power to the rear wheels. The car rides on an automatically adjusting suspension that Mercedes calls Active Body Control (ABC), with 18-inch wheels. The EPA gives the SL550 a fuel-economy estimate of 13 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

Replacing the SL55, the new SL63 AMG gets 518 hp out of its 6.2-liter V-8 engine, plus 465 lb.-ft. of torque, driving a new AMG Speedshift 7-speed Multi-Clutch transmission with four shift modes and automatic double-clutching. The SL63 gets an AMG-enhanced ABC suspension, AMG high-performance brakes, 19-inch AMG wheels, plus AMG sport exhaust and aerodynamic bodywork. EPA estimate for the SL63 AMG is 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway.

The SL600's twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-12 engine provides 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. This model is equipped with a modified 5-speed automatic transmission, ABC, and 18-inch wheels. The SL65 AMG contains an AMG transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels, exhaust and bodywork, but the 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine is tuned to 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. Both V-12 engines earn EPA estimates of 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway. In the new SL65 AMG Black Series, the V-12 engine develops more than 650 hp, helped by 12-percent larger turbochargers and more efficient intake air intercooling. The Black Series' toughened Speedshift Plus 5-speed automatic transmission has four shift modes and automatic \"throttle-blipping.\" A fully adjustable suspension is installed.

Mercedes offers a unique Performance package for the SL63 AMG in 2009. Already distinctively styled to differentiate it from other SL models, the Performance package is designed for the true driving enthusiast, according to Mercedes. Included are vented ceramic front disc brakes, limited-slip differential, high-performance suspension, smaller AMG sport steering wheel, and 19-inch, twin-spoke, forged light-alloy wheels.

Safety
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class comes with Tele Aid emergency calling and communications, front and side air bags, and special knee-protecting air bags. It also is equipped with Xenon automatic headlamps with high-pressure washers, and tire-pressure-monitoring technology. If sensors detect an impending rollover, a leather-covered roll bar pops up automatically in one-third of a second, according to Mercedes. Furthermore, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is a technology designed to reduce the likelihood of skidding or spinning. The car also features Mercedes' electrohydraulic braking system with anti-lock brakes and brake assist. The special-edition SL65 AMG Black Series features a 3-stage Electronic Stability Program.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the current-model Mercedes-Benz SL.

Technology
Mercedes-Benz upgraded their COMAND infotainment system for 2009. The multimedia interface, featuring a 6.5-inch display, has been refined for easier connection to an
Available Trims for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name V8 (2dr Roadster 5.5L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 98500.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 13/21
Name V12 (2dr Roadster 5.5L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 139100.00 Engine 5.5L/336 City/Hwy MPG 11/18
Name AMG (2dr Roadster 6.2L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 135000.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
Name AMG (2dr Roadster 6.0L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 194700.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 11/18
Name AMG Black Series (2dr Cpe 6.0L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 299000.00 Engine 6.0L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 11/18

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INTERIOR
  • Leather seat trim
  • 12-way pwr heated front seats-inc: 3-position memory, pneumatic lumbar support, easy-access courtesy feature, automatic height-adjusting front head restraints
  • Aluminum door sills
  • Floor mats
  • Leather-trimmed pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: memory, audio & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit feature
  • Electronic analog tachometer & gauges for fuel level & coolant temp
  • Dual multi-function displays in speedometer & tachometer faces-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, oil level check, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, cruise control, touch shift gear & shift mode selection, audio status, navigation route guidance
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down front & 1-touch express down rear windows
  • SmartKey system-inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: trunk open, windows open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock all, hard top raise/lower doors or drivers
  • Hard drive GPS navigation system
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Enhanced voice control for audio, telephone & navigation
  • Alarm system
  • In-dash SD memory card reader
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control-inc: dust & pollen filters, active charcoal filters, smog sensor, sun sensor, humidity sensor, dew point sensor, REST mode w/engine heat recirculation feature or cabin ventilation, seat belt usage sensors
  • Rear window defroster w/auto shut-off based on time, exterior temp
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Burl walnut wood interior trim
  • Leather-trimmed shift knob
  • Attachable fine-mesh wind deflector
  • Removable trunk separator
  • Shelf behind seats w/retractable luggage straps, locking dual enclosed storage compartments beneath luggage shelf
  • Exclusive leather seat trim
  • 12-way pwr heated & ventilated front seats-inc: 3-position memory, pneumatic lumbar support w/massage feature, easy-access courtesy feature, automatic height-adjusting front head restraints, multi-contour seatbacks, pneumatic side bolsters & shoulder supports
  • Wood & leather pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: memory, audio & multi-functional display controls, programmable easy-exit feature
  • SmartKey infrared remote -inc: trunk open, windows open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock all, hard top raise/lower, active ventilated seats on
  • Keyless-Go
  • Pwr trunk closer
  • Airscarf neck-level heating system
  • Locator lighting
  • Wood & leather shift knob
  • Premium leather seat trim
  • 12-way pwr heated & ventilated front AMG sport seats-inc: 3-position memory, pneumatic triple lumbar support w/massage feature, easy-access courtesy feature, automatic height-adjusting front head restraints, multi-contour seatbacks, pneumatic side bolsters & shoulder supports
  • Aluminum door sills w/AMG insignia
  • AMG leather-trimmed pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel-inc: aluminum shift paddles, memory, audio & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit feature
  • AMG instrument cluster w/AMG racetimer & gear position displays
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • AMG exclusive leather seat trim
  • AMG floor mats
  • AMG door entrance plates
  • Alcantara headliner
EXTERIOR
  • 18" x 8.5" front/18" x 9.5" rear 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/40ZR18 high performance front tires
  • P285/35ZR18 high performance rear tires
  • Collapsible compact spare tire w/portable electric air compressor
  • Electro-hydraulic retractable aluminum hardtop w/easy-pack system
  • Driver-selectable light-sensing headlamps
  • Halogen front foglamps
  • Single rear red foglamp
  • Dual-intensity LED brake lamps & taillamps
  • Dual pwr heated mirrors w/driver memory/auto-dimming
  • Variable intermittent rain sensing windshield wipers w/heated washer nozzles
  • 18" x 8.5" front/18" x 9.5" rear twin 10-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Panorama roof w/sunshade
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, automatic level control, heated headlamp washers, selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamps
  • 19" x 8.5" front/19" x 9.5" rear AMG triple 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/35ZR19 high performance front tires
  • P285/30ZR19 high performance rear tires
  • AMG front air dam w/mesh air intakes, side skirts, rear apron w/mesh air diffuser
  • 19" x 8.5" front/19" x 9.5" rear AMG twin 5-spoke forged aluminum wheels
  • AMG front air dam w/mesh air intakes & side extractors, side skirts, rear apron w/mesh air diffuser
  • AMG rear spoiler
  • 19" x 9.5" front/20" x 11.5" rear AMG twin 6-spoke forged aluminum wheels
  • P265/35ZR19 ultra high performance front tires
  • P325/30ZR20 ultra high performance rear tires
  • Fixed-position carbon fiber roof panel
  • Carbon fiber exterior components-inc: front fenders, hood, trunk lid
  • AMG carbon fiber rear spoiler w/automatic speed-dependent deployment
MECHANICAL
  • 5.5L DOHC SFI 32-valve V8 engine
  • 7-speed driver-adaptive electronic automatic transmission-inc: touch shift, optimum gear programming, comfort mode
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent 4-link front suspension
  • Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension
  • Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/gas-pressurized shock absorber at each wheel, automatic all-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering w/integrated hydraulic damper
  • Pwr 4-piston perforated & internally vented front & 1-piston solid rear disc brakes
  • Electro-hydraulic braking system w/automatic brake drying & predictive brake priming
  • Dual chrome exhaust tips
  • 5.5L SOHC SMPI bi-turbocharged 36-valve V12 engine
  • 5-speed driver-adaptive electronic automatic transmission-inc: touch shift, optimum gear programming, comfort mode
  • Pwr 6-piston perforated & internally vented front & 4-piston internally vented rear disc brakes
  • 6.3L DOHC SMPI naturally-aspirated 32-valve V8 AMG engine
  • 7-speed driver-adaptive electronic AMG automatic transmission-inc: touch shift, optimum gear programming, comfort mode, AMG SpeedShift
  • AMG modified Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/gas-pressurized shock absorber at each wheel, automatic all-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • Pwr AMG 6-piston front & 4-piston rear perforated & internally vented disc brakes
  • (4) polished chrome exhaust tips
  • 6.0L SOHC SMPI bi-turbocharged 36-valve V12 AMG engine
  • 5-speed driver-adaptive electronic AMG automatic transmission-inc: touch shift, optimum gear programming, comfort mode, AMG SpeedShift
  • AMG limited slip rear differential
  • Pwr AMG 6-piston front & 4-piston rear perforated & vented disc brakes
  • AMG adjustable coilover suspension
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Programmable daytime running lamps
    • Dual-stage front airbags w/front passenger adaptive feature, occupant classification system
    • Door-mounted side-impact head & thorax airbags
    • Drivers knee airbag
    • Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification
    • Night security illumination
    • 3-point seat belts-inc: emergency tensioning device, passenger selectable seat belt retractor, shoulder belts automatic height-adjusters
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Illuminated emergency interior trunk release
    • Pop-up roll bar
    • Parktronic
    • Integrated roll bar
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • COMAND cockpit management & data system-inc: AM/FM/Weatherband radio, in-dash 6-disc CD/DVD changer, large color LCD screen
    • Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 digital surround sound w/Dolby digital 5.1/aux audio input
    • Sirius satellite radio w/(6) month subscription
    • Aux pwr outlet
    • Center armrest mounted iPod/MP3 media interface
    • Hands-free Bluetooth system

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