2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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What's New for 2013:
  • Aluminum body shell
  • Electric steering with Direct Steer technology
  • Mbrace 2 telematics system
  • FrontBass audio system
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Optional Magic Sky Control variable transparency glass
  • Optional active lane-keeping assist system
  • Optional active blind-spot assist system
  • Optional Distronic Plus active cruise control with Pre-Safe Braking
  • Optional front and rear park-assist sensors with Active Parking Assist
  • Optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium audio system

Exterior Features
The redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a 2-passenger grand touring roadster offered as the SL550, SL63 AMG, and SL65 AMG. The SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG models are discussed in a separate article.

The 2013 Mercedes SL550 is equipped with a power panoramic glass retractable hardtop that lowers in 16 seconds, according to the automaker. Standard equipment also includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, bi-xenon headlights with Active Curve Illumination and Adaptive High-beam Assist, LED running lights, LED taillights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a Magic Vision Control windshield washer system that Mercedes says eliminates the temporary obfuscation of traffic ahead common with typical washer jets.

Interior Features

The redesigned SL550 is equipped with standard sun-reflective leather upholstery, choice between Burl Walnut or Black Ash wood trim, 12-way power-adjustable heated seats with memory settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power wind blocker. Auto-dimming rearview mirrors, universal garage door opener, and a premium audio system with FrontBass speaker technology, satellite radio, HD Radio, CD/DVD changer, and a hard-drive music server are also standard. Additionally, the SL550 includes a navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability.

Optional Features
Three option packages are offered for the 2013 Mercedes SL550. The Premium 1 package adds a reversing camera, front and rear park-assist sensors with Active Parking Assist, Keyless Go passive entry with push-button ignition, hands-free access trunk with a power closing mechanism, active multi-contour front seats with active ventilation, and an AirScarf neck-heating system. Additionally, the SL550 can be equipped with a Sport Wheel package (19-inch AMG aluminum wheels, sport steering wheel, larger front brakes, perforated rear brake discs) and a Driver Assistance package (active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist, active cruise control with PreSafe Brake).

Mercedes offers additional options on an individual basis. They include matte-finish paint, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium audio system, soft-closing doors, premium sun-reflective leather, analog clock for the top of the dashboard, illuminated doorsill plates, and a wood/leather steering wheel. An optional Magic Sky Control feature electrically alters the panoramic glass roof's transparency level, while an Active Body Control suspension upgrade aims to eliminate body roll, pitch, dive, and squat.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Mercedes SL550 has a new twin-turbocharged, 4.6-liter V-8 engine generating 429 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Automatic stop/start technology is standard, and helps to improve fuel economy by shutting the SL's engine off while the car is idling at an intersection or in traffic.

A 7-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and ECO, Sport, and Manual driving modes is standard, delivering engine power to the car's rear wheels. According to Mercedes, the SL550 accelerates to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

A semi-active suspension with an Adaptive Damping System offers driver-selectable Comfort and Sport tuning. New for 2013, the electromechanical steering includes Direct Steer technology, which varies the steering ratio depending on vehicle speed and how far the steering wheel is turned.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mercedes SL550 are 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The 2013 SL-Class is equipped with 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, torque vectoring brake, predictive brake priming, brake drying, hill-start assist, and hill-hold assist technologies. Additionally, the new SL includes 8 air bags, including knee air bags and head air bags, as well as a traction and stability control system, PreSafe technology that readies the cabin for a collision, pop-up roll bars designed to protect occupants in a rollover accident, and Attention Assist drowsy driver detection technology.

Safety-related options include a reversing camera system, front and rear park-assist sensors, and a Driver Assistance package with active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist, and an active cruise control system with PreSafe Brake technology.

As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.


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  • Name SL63 AMG (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 145800.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 16/25
  • Name SL550 (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 105500.00 Engine 4.6L/285 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
  • Name SL65 AMG (2dr Roadster) Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift MSRP 212240.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 14/21
  • AMG premium leather seat upholstery
  • AMG multi-contour front sport seats -inc: massage function
  • 12-way pwr seats w/pwr lumbar & 3-position memory
  • Heated front seats
  • AMG floor mats
  • Illuminated door sills
  • Pwr tilt/telescopic AMG leather-wrapped sport steering wheel -inc: aluminum shift paddles, memory, audio & multi-function display controls, programmable Easy-Exit feature
  • AMG instrument cluster w/RACETIMER
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down front & 1-touch express down rear windows
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display -inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
  • SmartKey system -inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive-away automatic locking, panic button
  • COMAND cockpit management & data system -inc: 40 GB hard drive, GPS navigation, Zagat Survey w/restaurant guide
  • Integrated garage door opener
  • Cruise control
  • Enhanced voice control for audio, telephone & navigation
  • Anti-theft alarm system w/engine immobilizer
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Rear window defroster
  • Dash-top mounted analog clock
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Aux pwr outlet
  • Ambient lighting
  • Locator lighting
  • Pwr windblocker
  • Leather seat upholstery w/sun-reflecting leather & contrast stitching
  • Front bucket seats
  • Front floor mats
  • Pwr 3-spoke tilt/telescopic multi-function steering wheel -inc: Easy-Exit feature
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Interior wood trim
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • AMG exclusive leather seat upholstery
  • Active multi-countour front sport seats
  • Heated & active ventilated seats
  • Pwr trunk closer
  • HANDS-FREE ACCESS for trunk
  • DISTRONIC PLUS adaptive cruise control w/PRE-SAFE brake
  • AIRSCARF ventilated headrests
  • 19" AMG twin 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/35R19 high-performance front tires
  • P285/30R19 high-performance rear tires
  • Electro-hydraulic retractable hardtop w/easy-pack system
  • Panorama roof w/sunshade
  • AMG front air dam w/mesh air intakes, side skirts, rear apron w/mesh air diffuser
  • AMG carbon fiber trunklid
  • AMG rear spoiler
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps w/active curve illumination -inc: headlamp washer system
  • Adaptive highbeam assist
  • Pwr mirrors w/driver side auto-dimming -inc: integrated LED turn signals, parking position for passenger side exterior mirror
  • Pwr folding mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Heated MAGIC VISION CONTROL wiper system
  • 18" twin 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • P255/40R18 high-performance front tires
  • P285/35R18 high-performance rear tires
  • 19" front & 20" rear AMG 10-spoke forged alloy wheels
  • High performance tires
  • MAGIC SKY CONTROL moonroof
  • Soft close doors
  • 5.5L DOHC DI 32-valve twin-turbo V8 AMG engine
  • High-capacity fuel tank
  • Eco start/stop system
  • 7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission w/shift paddles
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Independent multi-link front suspension
  • Independent multi-link rear suspension
  • Active Body Control (ABC)
  • Electromechanical pwr steering
  • Pwr internally ventilated/perforated front compound disc brakes
  • Pwr internally ventilated/perforated rear disc brakes
  • AMG sport exhaust system w/dual twin chrome tailpipes
  • 4.6L DOHC DI 32-valve twin-turbo V8 engine
  • Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission w/shift paddles
  • Front/rear torsion bar
  • Pwr internally ventilated/perforated front disc brakes
  • Pwr internally ventilated rear disc brakes
  • Dual trapezoidal exhaust tips
  • 6.0L DOHC DI 36-valve twin-turbo V12 AMG engine
  • Top speed increased to 186 MPH
  • 7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS transmission w/shift paddles -inc: selectable drive modes, AMG drive unit w/preferred setting storage
  • Limited slip rear differential
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system (BAS)
    • AMG 3-stage electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Dual-stage front airbags w/occupant classification system
    • Door-mounted side-impact head & thorax airbags
    • Driver/front passenger knee airbag
    • mbrace2 telematics
    • ATTENTION ASSIST drowsiness monitor
    • PRE-SAFE brake
    • NECK PRO active head restraints
    • Crash-responsive exit aid
    • Integrated seatbelts w/emergency retractors & force limiters
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Pop-up roll bar
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • Automatic slip reduction (ASR)
    • Night security illumination
    • 3-point seat belts w/pretensioners -inc: dual stage force limiters
    • Rearview camera
    • PARKTRONIC w/active parking assist
    • Active blind spot assist
    • Active lane keeping assist
    • harman/kardon Logic 7 surround sound system -inc: (14) speakers w/Frontbass, 6-channel DSP amplifier
    • Center armrest mounted iPod/MP3 media interface
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/SiriusXM real-time traffic -inc: (6) month subscription
    • Bluetooth hands-free communication system
    • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound sound system -inc: (12) loudspeakers w/Frontbass, (2) dashboard-integrated LED-illuminated tweeters w/Acoutic Lens Technology, aluminum loudspeaker covers, Bang & Olufsen-specifc COMAND menu

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