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2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL 550 Canada Prices

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL550 isn’t as sporty as its ginormous price tag seems to suggest, but it still manages to deliver superb performance and speed. With a 4.7-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can produce 429 horsepower, it’s definitely a treat. Combined with its beautiful exterior design, the SL550 manages to be one of the most impressive (and expensive) sport convertibles on the market.

Full Review

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is a luxurious convertible that delivers nimble performance and tons of power. It’s on the “lower” end of the scale in the SL-Class lineup, but that isn’t saying much since it costs around $125,000. The higher-tier models are predictably more expensive. According to Mercedes, it’s “the S-Class of sporty cars,” which allows it to easily distinguish itself from the giants like the Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette and Dodge Viper. The main reason for that is that the SL550 isn’t as athletic-looking as those vehicles. Let’s find out how that works.

Since the 2015 SL550 doesn’t have a rear seat, it’s about 25 centimetres shorter than the 6-Series convertible, which can accommodate four passengers. In spite of striving for a very contemporary look, the SL550 also pays respects to its predecessors, providing a long roof and short trunk lid, both of which reflect the power under the hood. The grille features the Mercedes star right in the centre, which pays homage to the Gullwing from the 1950s. On the other hand, the contoured sheet metal, bright bi-xenon headlights with LED accents and hefty 18-inch wheels are all as modern as you’d imagine them to be. Overall, whether the hardtop is up or down, this convertible is an elegant, which to some degree puts it at odds with its sporty nature – most sport car are actually quite aggressive-looking.

Inside, the new Mercedes-Benz SL550 may have no space for anyone in the back, but it does deliver superb front seats that will make any tall adult happy. Even if you have the hardtop, you will still get plenty of head- and legroom – as long as you are not over seven feet tall. It’s an expensive car, so expect top-notch materials and near-perfect construction. Other things that you should expect are an amazing audio system, tons of storage space and 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space (with the top up). The Magic Sky Control that comes with the vehicle is perfect for weekend getaways and open-top experiences – without actually lowering the hardtop to allow for more cargo space.

Under the hood, the 2015 SL550 is the least powerful model in the SL-Class, but that means next to nothing – since it’s still an incredibly fast car. You get a twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 engine that produces 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It doesn’t obviously match the 530 horsepower that you get with the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine in the SL63 AMG. Like the rest of the SL-Class, the SL550 features a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, along with a start/stop function for better fuel economy.

Overall, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is a phenomenal convertible, but it will cost – we cannot reiterate this enough. However, if you’re willing to shell out this kind of cash, then you will get to own an elegant and powerful sport car that’s almost impossible to dislike.

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL550
Reviewed by Unhaggle on .
Rating: 7.4 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
SL 550$123,400 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SL 63 AMG$162,500 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
SL 65 AMG$242,500 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
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General Specs

Engine 4.7000 L
Horsepower @RPM429
Fuel TypePremium Unleaded
Body typeConvertible
Number of Doors2
Drive TrainRear Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Power and Performance:

The 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8 in the SL 550 whips out 429 horsepower, up strongly from the prior car's normally aspirated base V-8. More astonishing is the torque, which escalates from 391 pound-feet to 516 lb-ft. Power's capped at a 6300-rpm redline, but most of it is available at 1600 rpm, giving the SL 550 extremely powerful acceleration. Mercedes pegs 0-60 mph times at 4.5 seconds, almost a second quicker than last year's edition, and top speed in this model is limited to 130 mph.

Read more on The Car Connection.

Interiors and Special Features:

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is the rare 2-seat roadster tall adults can enjoy. Even with the hardtop roof in place, 6-footers can enjoy plenty of head- and legroom. The top-notch materials and exacting construction exceed even the high expectations of cars wearing the Mercedes-Benz 3-pointed star. The audio system is, of course, amazing, and on the practical side, there's even plenty of storage space, with 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up. Turn on the Magic Sky Control, and you can go on a weekend trip and enjoy an open-top experience, without luggage in the foot-well.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

Standard safety equipment in the 2015 SL-Class drop-top lineup, finally, includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control and front side-mounted airbags with head protection chambers. Turn-signal-integrated mirrors, meanwhile, are complemented by standard adaptive high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights and daytime running lights in all trims, while mbrace emergency telecommunications, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm also add to the safety and security of all SL-Class variations. The SL65 AMG includes the Driver Assistance Package with pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance onto the list of standard safety features, with the same package offered as an additional option for lower trims.

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