Mercedes-Benz SL-Class: Love at first drive

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Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster

The luxury convertible segment of the Canadian automotive market sees many great contenders, but the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster is at the top of the food chain. Keep reading to learn more.

If you’re after a sheer performance from your two-seater roadster, and for some reason, you find the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster is inadequate, the only thing left for you to consider investing in a rocket. The SL is the epitome of a luxurious sports car, and while it may put luxury slightly ahead of athletic performance, don’t think for a second that it means it’s slow. The word “slow” doesn’t belong in the same sentence as “Mercedes” in any way, and that is a fact. No wonder, then, that the SL is such an iconic car that manages to combine the two astonishingly well. Here is everything you need to know about it, so keep reading.

Difficult To Make Up Your Mind

There is a different trim adorning each separate trim level of the SL lineup, ranging across four different setups. At the bottom of the range lies a twin-turbo V6 with 362 horsepower that is more than a decent daily driver and at the very top of the food chain is a twin-turbo V12 that doesn’t shy away from making the presence of each of its 621-horsepower known. As previously mentioned, the baseline engine has more than enough oomph to get you where you need to go with ample confidence, and the each of the engines are plenty powerful. If you want to go up the rev (and price) range, the AMG models come with the all-famous seat-gripping acceleration (0-100 kilometres per hour is just under 4 seconds).

The Definition Of Comfort

There’s really no other way to describe the cabin of the SL other than to say that it is heavenly. The seats actually feel like you’re sitting on clouds and with tons of both leg and headroom. Easily among the most comfortable in the class, the interior of the SL is superbly upscale at the same time with more top-notch materials present throughout than you can count. Add to that a pretty large (by class standards) trunk that can actually fit more items that you’d imagine, and you really have not only a luxurious and stylish car on your hands, but also one that actually does something other than turn heads.

What Does The Tech Say?

Mercedes’ definition of standard equipment is as generous as ever, with standard features such as a nine-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system, a 7-inch display screen, a panoramic center roof panel, as well as a power-retractable hardtop. If you really want to go all out, you can trick out your SL with a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 12 speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, as well as Magic Sky Control – a feature that allows you to electronically adjust the tint for the panoramic centre roof panel.

The Most Iconic Of Them All

If on the lookout for German luxury wrapped up into an athletic package, you’ve got tons of options, but the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster is by far the most obvious and practical one. It performs outstandingly even though it was initially designed to serve as a luxury cruiser, it has a usable boot and also one of the nicest interiors in its class. The SL Roadster is a truly excellent car by anyone’s criteria and there’s really not that much to say about it other than it would make any shopper happy.