What’s Special – The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 Roadster from Mercedes Benz of Arrowhead

What's Special - The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 Roadster from Mercedes Benz of Arrowhead
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The SL-class SL 450 is perfectly content to cruise around indulging its occupants in comfort, but put your right foot down, and it’ll scoot. In SL450 guise, a 362-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 powers the rear wheels through a nine-speed automatic. Step up to the SL550, and behold the 449-hp, 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8; it, too, has the nine-speed auto. The SL handles surprisingly well; the power-folding top operates at speeds up to 25 mph, allowing you to drop the top, hit the road, and soak up some rays.

Then you reach the price of the Mercedes-Benz SL-class roadster, the market does something unusual: It separates. In many segments, car companies are viciously duplicating each other as fast as possible with nearly identical products, but among 0,000–0,000 sports convertibles, the choices vary widely in personality and purpose. You can get a Porsche 911 Cabrio or Targa (2016 base prices: ,250 and 3,980) or an Aston Martin V8 Vantage convertible (2,325). BMW doesn’t really play in the arena, as the 6-series has to be loaded to the nines (or ordered in M6 form) to pass 0K, and the new Audi R8 convertible isn’t out yet. Smack in the middle of this Venn diagram is the Mercedes-Benz SL, a car that achieves both sportiness and coddling comfort with practiced aplomb, which is why we rate it tops among its peers.

We’re not talking big business here; Benz sold just over 4000 Mercedes SL-Class last year in the United States. Yet it’s a big frog in this small pond, a position it’s likely to keep thanks to certain refinements for 2017 and the usual plethora of choices, from the circa-,000 SL450 to the about-0,000 SL65 AMG (exact prices aren’t out yet).

One change is some subtle re-skinning up front to smooth and sleeken the car’s lines. Can we now say without fear of being shouted down that the 2013 redesign was less than successful? Long overhangs were tacked on to the front and back, and the headlights were given weird inflamed tear ducts, as if the car had a horrendous case of pinkeye. That’s been fixed, sort of, with new headlamps and bumper plastic that relaxes the face a little, augmented by a couple of hood blisters evoking the ’55 300SL Gullwing.

Under the skin, the output from the base 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the SL450 we drove (renamed from SL400) rises by 33 horsepower to 362, and the new 9G-Tronic automatic replaces the previous seven-speed. The SL450 is being positioned as the sporty model against the more luxurious SL550 V-8, and as such the chassis tuning is a little more edgy. Or curvy, as the car benefits from a new drive mode for the optional Active Body Control system called “Curve.”

You might wonder why a mode called Curve wasn’t just incorporated into the Sport or Sport+ settings. Well, Curve is not for fast driving, as the throttle goes soft and the car becomes rather somnolent in this mode. Curve instructs the hydraulic rams in the suspension to apply a maximum of 2.65 degrees of body lean into a corner to reduce the effects of lateral acceleration on the passengers. It’s a strange sensation, the car noticeably tucking its inside front corner down as you turn into a bend. It is designed, apparently, for those who find themselves with the unhappy duty of chauffeuring a grandparent over the Tail of the Dragon.

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What’s Special – The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 Roadster from Mercedes Benz of Arrowhead

4 thoughts on “What’s Special – The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 450 Roadster from Mercedes Benz of Arrowhead”

  1. When is the next full change. Can’t wait. The Germans must have been out of their mind to design something like this.

  2. Excellent Robert! I appreciate editing in the Mercedes animations to explain the distance feature. I've been trying to get a better handle on the ABC active body control. Perhaps you might clear it up for me. I understand when activated it will help lean the car into a curve. Another Mercedes animation suggested it can improve ride quality over uneven surfaces – although salesman and reviewers don't talk about that. My big concern is when activated, how effective is it taking the harshness of bumps and expansion joints in the road? Also, I've seen the button that will raise the car so I don't scrape the driveway or speedbump, does ABC always include the feature? Thanks!

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