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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450: Charming Relic

By Harsh Soni , Aug 01, 2017 10:22 AM EDT
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2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450 is a stylish, luxurious two-door with presence befitting its rich price tag. (Photo : GoldPony/ Youtube Screenshot)

The Mercedes-Benz SL is a historical object from a bygone era with a modern twist. The SL series has been part of the Mercedes' lineup for more than 60 years with the basic philosophy: a stylish, luxurious two-door with a presence befitting its rich price tag. The current and the sixth-generation SL was introduced in 2012 and received a facelift for the 2017 model year.

According to Car And Driver, replacing the previous SL400, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450 model gets more grunt to correspond with its badge uptick. An extra 34 horses from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 for a new total of 362 horsepower is available in this car. The six-cylinder SL450 moves well enough to make higher-powered versions seem overly indulgent, which is exactly why they exist.

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450 car has the twin-turbocharged and intercooler DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block, and heads, direct fuel injection engine type. It has the 183 cu in, 2996 cc displacement, 362 hp @ 6000 rpm power and 369 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm of Torque.

For the transmission, it has 9-speed automatic gears with manual shifting mode. 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450 has a wheelbase of 101.7 in and the length and width of the car is 182.3 in and 82.6 in respectively. The car has 51.2 in height and has 50 cu ft passenger volume.

According to Supercar-network, C/D test results for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450 shows Zero to 60 mph in 4.5 sec and Zero to 100 mph in 11.2 sec. Similarly, Zero to 130 mph comes at 20.3 sec and Zero to 150 mph captured in 31.4 sec.

The Mercedes-Benz convertible lineup is crowded, including cabriolet versions of the C-, E-, and S-class, the smaller SLC roadster, and that top-dog AMG GT. The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL450, while aging gracefully, is hardly a standout among those. But current rumors suggest that there will be a next-generation SL with a four-seat layout which will replace the S-class convertible that is expected to be discontinued. Clearly, the SL is one vestige of the past that Mercedes feels is worth preserving.

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