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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Test Drive & Luxury Convertible Car Video Review

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Published on May 23, 2012

http://www.autobytel.com/mercedes-ben... The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 has been completely redesigned and marks the 6th generation of the SL-Class. The SL550 is a roadster which is in essence a two seat convertible. The roof is 13 lbs. lighter than the previous model thanks to the use of lightweight magnesium materials. The 2013 Mercedes SL550 has an MSRP price of $103,650.

The SL550 is powered by a twin turbo 4.6 liter V-8 engine that produces 429 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. The 7-speed automatic transmission features wheel mounted paddle shifters as well as 3 distinct driving modes: ECO, Sport, and Manual. Combined with the start-stop system the 2013 Mercedes SL550 has a fuel economy rating of 16 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway which is better than the previous model.

The new 2013 Mercedes SL-Class features an all aluminum body that reduces the weight by over 300 lbs. compared to the outbound model. This weight reduction alone provides a huge boost in performance. In fact with the twin-turbo V-8 engine the SL550 can rocket from 0-60 MPH in 4.5 seconds. That figure is pure super car territory. The exterior still holds the shape that made the SL-Class famous over 60 years ago but with modern lines. The Xenon headlights feature LED running lights which are a must for any self-respecting luxury car. The 19-inch alloy AMG wheels give the 2013 Mercedes SL550 a very aggressive look.

The suspension features a ton of great technology that offers the most luxurious yet sporty ride. The active dampening shocks at each wheel adjust the dampening rate every 10 milliseconds. The result is a smooth ride with razor sharp handling. The Active Body Control System is tasked with providing a balanced ride. The body roll is limited when cornering and the SL550's ride height is reduced as speeds increase.

The 2013 Mercedes SL-Class is a convertible first and foremost. The SL550 features a retractable hardtop that can open or close in less than 15 seconds. MAGIC SKY CONTROL is a trick feature that with the press of a button turns the roof from clear to opaque or vice versa. Integrated into the headrests are vents that can provide a cool blast of air on a hot sunny day. The AIRSCARF system does the opposite. Beneath each head rest vents deliver a blast of warm air so you can keep the top down even in the fall and winter.

The 2013 Mercedes SL550 is one of the best convertible roadsters on the market today. With a powerful yet efficient 400+ horsepower engine and a wonderfully automatic retractable hardtop; the Mercedes has tons of wonderful attributes.

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