After few leaked photos, the wait is finally over for us: this is the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL. For those who don’t know, the SL continues a tradition that began 60 years ago, but for the first time, the car is being produced almost entirely from aluminum and weighs as much as 308 pounds less than its predecessor.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL takes the meaning of the famous letters "SL" – sporty, lightweight – quite literally. As we said, the new SL comes with an all-aluminum bodyshell in a series-production model and only very few components are made from other materials. Under the hood, we find a new 4.6-liter V8 engine (SL550) delivering 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque and mated to a 7-Speed Driver-Adaptive automatic transmission.
With these numbers, the 2013 SL550 is able to hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. The design of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL is completely new and if the front end features a big grille just like the SLS AMG, the rear of the car is inspired by the CLS. Moreover, the design also boasts outstanding aerodynamic characteristics and gives the car top marks in its segment in three crucial areas: the lowest wind noise, virtually on par with a closed sedan; the best comfort during open-air driving, meaning the roof can stay down even at high speed; virtually no accumulation of dirt on the side windows. The 2013 SL introduces two world premieres: FrontBass and Magic Sky Control. The Magic Sky Control is a transparent roof that can switch between light and dark at the push of a button. Still, the car is available with standard glass.
The FrontBass system makes intelligent use of the Page 7 spaces in the aluminum structures forward of the footwell. Mercedes-Benz says that these spaces function as resonating chambers for the woofers and mark the first time ever that a sound system has been integrated into the body-in-white.
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL also offers an updated interior with premium materials perfectly finished with great attention to detail define the style. Compared with its predecessor, the new-generation SL is much longer (+1.97 inches) and wider (+2.24 inches), providing more room for greater comfort in the interior, too.
Shoulder room (+1.46 inches) and elbow room (+1.10 inches) have been increased, exceeding the norm for this class of vehicle. Furthermore, the 2013 SL features the hands-free access system that lets you open the trunk by moving your foot in the vicinity below the rear bumper (just like the 2013 Ford Escape).
Mercedes-Benz is the only carmaker to offer a system that not only automatically opens the trunk lid but closes it as well. Just like any new Mercedes-Benz, a SL Edition 1 will be available for a limited period of time. This Edition comes standard with AMG 19-inch alloy wheels, designo exclusive leather with contrasting topstitching, AIRSCARF, the Harman/Kardon Logic7 surround sound system and much more. The designo crystal silver magno special paintwork is available exclusively for the "Edition 1". Interior upholstery is designo classic red/black exclusive with designo black piano lacquer wood trim.