Mercedes SL cabriolet: amazing performance, expensive to run

Jul 27, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class cabriolet

Price: £110,735 - £168,225

Pros: Comfortable ride, amazing performance, practical

Cons: Styling not adventurous enough, driving lacks excitement, expensive to run

4/5, Carbuyer
"The latest Mercedes SL cabriolet is all-new. The subtle styling updates hide a state-of-the-art aluminium bodyshell and a choice of two powerful V8 engines with 429bhp and 530bhp, or a 3.5-litre V6 with 302bhp. Lighter, faster and more fuel efficient than the previous model, the 2012 Mercedes SL is also sharper to drive. Equipment levels are also very impressive but be prepared to pay a high price for all this technology. The flagship model is called the SL63 AMG. It features a huge 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that offers supercar levels of performance."

4/5, Auto Express
"It's nearly 60 years since the first Mercedes SL was introduced. The name stands for ‘Sports Lightweight’, yet as successive generations have piled on the pounds, the car has become more of a large and luxurious grand tourer."

4/5, Parker's
"Sporty, elegant and stylish, the Mercedes-Benz SL has a lot of appeal. Then again, there are hardly any shrinking violets in this sector. Rivals include the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, the BMW 6 Series Convertible and the Jaguar XK Convertible. So what to do? In a bid to keep the pressure on, Mercedes-Benz has put the SL on a diet. Every version has shed up to 140kgs, and now comes with a new range of cleaner and more powerful BlueDIRECT engines featuring stop/start technology to make life more uncomfortable for rivals."

4/5, MSN Cars
"It's a big change, this new SL. The design is much edgier and more complicated. Complex curves, scoops and sharp lines intersected in so many different areas it's hard to take it all in initially. There's plenty of new drama, little hint of the previous F1-inspired shape, apart, that is, from the trademark long bonnet."

4/5, Evo
"Despite weighing in at 1950kg, the SL65 is actually 170kg lighter than the model it replaces thanks to a new aluminium bodyshell and carbonfibre bootlid as well as lighter suspension components. ABC active suspension is fitted as standard, with a Sport mode firming the damping and cutting roll rates, and a Comfort mode softening things up for more serene journeys."

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