Year in Review: 2015 Auto Show Highlights

© Rod Hatfield, TheNowDevice© Rod Hatfield, TheNowDevice
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL — Los Angeles
The SL is one of the most extravagant convertibles on the market, and this new one looks to enhance its exalted position. The most noticeable change to the SL: revised front-end styling, with headlights that are no longer flush with the grille, giving the SL a wider stance. The grille itself is more pronounced with different treatments depending on trim level. Dual power domes accentuate the long hood. The biggest change in power originates at the base of the SL lineup. The SL450 replaces the SL400 and gets a major power boost from its 3.0-liter V6 engine that now puts out 362 horsepower. That’s a jump of more than 30 horsepower, and good enough to get this entry-level SL to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. Power remains the same in the SL550 as well as the two AMG models, but there’s no shame in that. The SL550 gets its power from a 449-horsepower V8, while the AMG SL63 bumps up to the Biturbo V8 putting out 577 horsepower. For the ultimate in performance, the AMG SL65 gets 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque from its Biturbo V12 engine. That power will move the SL to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph.

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