With its eager acceleration and deluxe interior, the 2016 SL-Class offers the luxury and performance you expect from the Mercedes-Benz brand. Relative to other vehicles in its class, the SL also provides reasonably roomy accommodations.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL is a luxury convertible that seats two passengers, and it comes with a retractable hardtop. It’s available in four trim levels: SL400, SL550, AMG SL63 and AMG SL65. All models are rear-wheel drive.
Mercedes-Benz’s SL competes in a segment filled with desirable choices. It’s commonly cross-shopped against sports cars such as the Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 911 and Aston Martin Vantage.
For the 2016 model year, the SL-Class carries over with no significant changes.
The SL’s exterior design melds refinement and athleticism. Large headlights dominate its aggressive front fascia. In profile, the car has a sleek, low-slung look.
Base models come with standard exterior features such as adaptive xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, front and rear fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers and a power-folding hardtop with a panoramic sunroof. The options list includes a hands-free power trunk lid, 19- or 20-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, carbon-fiber exterior accents and a gloss-black hardtop.
High-quality materials are used throughout the SL’s cabin, and the design elements are undeniably swank. Unlike most two-seat sports cars, the interior is roomy enough to comfortably seat taller passengers. The SL provides 13.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the top up and 8.5 cubic feet with the top lowered. That’s more trunk space than you’ll get with many other convertibles.
Standard features include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power-adjustable front seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a power-operated wind deflector. The list of options includes an AirScarf neck-level heating system for top-down driving, ventilated front seats with a massaging feature, carbon-fiber interior accents and a Magic Sky Control feature that allows you to automatically darken the tint of the hardtop’s glass panels.
Regardless of which trim level you choose, the SL provides exemplary performance. The available Active Body Control system nearly eliminates body roll and further improves handling. With all models, power is sent to the rear wheels.
The base Mercedes-Benz SL400 is motivated by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that provides 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. With the SL550, power comes from a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 good for 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are governed by a seven-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes-Benz’s AMG SL63 uses a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 that produces 577 horsepower and 654 pound-feet of torque. AMG SL65 models are powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 that makes a whopping 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. This model is able to rocket from zero to 60 mph in less than four seconds. All AMG models are equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
According to the EPA, the 2016 SL-Class achieves fuel economy of up to 20/27 mpg city/highway.
The SL comes with an expansive range of optional standard features. Base models are equipped with a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a CD player.
Options include a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, a self-parking system, a split-view front-seat entertainment system, a night-vision camera system and a rearview camera. The optional Driver Assistance package brings in adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and a lane-departure warning system.
By Keith Griffin (Last Updated 3/8/2019)
Keith Griffin is a veteran automotive journalist based in central Connecticut. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News & World Report, TorqueNews and About.com. He is a past president of the New England Motor Press Association.
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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Pricing
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The price range for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is $41,990 - $65,991.
The average selling price is $52,276.
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$85,050 - $217,550
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$41,990 - $65,991
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