Receiving a major update, the rear-wheel-drive 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class two-seat roadster with retractable hardtop now features a re-sculpted exterior, including a larger front air dam, pronounced side grilles and sleek new side mirrors. The retractable hardtop is operated via a SmartKey remote or console switch. The SL550 is powered by a 5.5L V8 that produces 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission and goes 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. The SL600 has a 5.5L twin-turbo V12 that makes 510 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque attached to five-speed automatic and runs 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. The SL63 AMG features a 6.2L V8 that cranks out 518 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, with the new Speedshift MCT seven-speed automated-transmission, and takes 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. The SL65 AMG is propelled by a twin-turbocharged 6.0L V12 that spits out 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque with a five-speed automatic and rates 0-60 in 4.2 seconds. Fuel economy for the 6.0 and 5.5 V12 is 11 mpg city/18 hwy, while the 6.2 gets 12/19 and the 5.5 V8 gets 13/21. Mercedes-Benz SL-Class safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, side head/thorax airbags, driver knee airbag and a pop-up roll bar that deploys automatically in the event of a rollover.Read more Read less
For 2009, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class line gets a big facelift. The exterior from the windshield forward is newly designed, with more modern headlights, a single crossbar grille, larger three-pointed star logo, and new fender vents borrowed from the McLaren SLR supercar. The hood gets two bulges called "power domes," while the mirrors have a new shape, and the rear end features a diffuser and trapezoidal exhaust tips. The instrument panel features a new three-spoke steering wheel, a subtly revised instrument cluster, a warm air delivery system for occupants' necks called Airscarf and an updated information and entertainment display. A variable-ratio steering system has been added for easier steering at speed. Finally, the ultra-performance SL55 AMG has been replaced by an even greater performing SL63 AMG, which is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 making 538 horsepower and 465 ft-lb of torque. The SL63 AMG also features Mercedes-Benz' new Sportshift MCT 7-speed gearbox.
High performance; luxurious interior; advanced comfort and safety features;
The two-seat 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadster rides the line between high-performance and ultra-luxury. The V12 SL600 is especially exclusive, while the AMG versions are tuned to be the ultimate luxury performance cars. The top SL65 AMG model is nearly twice the price of the SL550, but offers performance that can beat some exotic nameplates. Any of the models can be equipped with some extraordinary high-tech features, such as Dynamic Multicontour seats. These seats use air pockets to actively mold the seat to the driver's body.