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2023 (23) Mercedes-Benz SL SL 55 4Matic+ Touring Plus 2dr Auto

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

360 degree cameraAMG track pace
Attention assistBluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Central displayCruise control
Driver displayFingerprint scanner
Head up DisplayLane keeping assistant (LKA)
MBUX augmented reality for navigationMBUX Interior assistant
MBUX navigation premiumMercedes-Benz emergency call system
Outside temperature gaugePAS
Rear axle steeringRemote Services Premium
Service indicator (ASSYST)Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay
Traffic sign assistTrip computer
USB adapter cableWireless charging system for mobile devices in the front

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

AMG Ride Control suspensionAMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 9-speed automatic sports transmission

Entertainment

Burmester surround sound systemDAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

2 Electric windows3rd brake light
Adaptive high beam assist plusAMG body styling
AMG boot lid spoiler in body colourAMG illuminated door sills with AMG lettering and with exchangeable cover
AMG Light Display - The projector fitted in the side skirts casts ‘AMG’ lettering onto the asphaltAMG Real Performance Sound
AMG spoiler lipAutomatic headlights
Body colour bumpersDigital light headlamps
LED daytime running lightsMagic vision control
Model badge on boot lid and wings in high-gloss blackRain sensor windscreen wipers
Rear boot 

Interior Features

2 cup holders in front2 individual rear seats
Airscarf - neck level heatingAMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather
AMG steering wheel buttonsFront gesture control
Heated front seatsManufaktur nappa leather upholstery
Neck-pro front headrestsSingle front passenger seat
Steering wheel heatingThermotronic automatic climate control

Packs

AMG exterior chrome pack - SL ClassEnergizing pack plus - SL Class
Load compartment pack - SL ClassMemory package - SL Class
Mirror pack - SL ClassParking pack - SL Class
USB pack plus - SL Class 

Passive Safety

ABSActive pedestrian safety system
AMG high performance compound brake systemAutomatic roll over protection
Driver and passenger head and side airbagsDual stage driver/passenger airbags
Electronic parking brakeESP with ASR
Hill hold functionPassenger airbag deactivation system
Pedestrian protectionRed painted brake calipers
Seatbelts in macchiatoTyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

Keyless go with seemless door handlesKEYLESS-GO starting function
Remote central lockingUrban guard vehicle protection plus

Trim

AMG Aluminium trim 

Wheels

21" AMG multi-spoke light alloy wheelsSummer tyres
Tyre sealant kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.504HC0.024
Noise Level dB(A)71NOx0.016
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb298

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC3982Compression Ratio8.6:1
Cylinder LayoutV8Cylinders8
Cylinders - Bore (mm)83Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryTWIN TURBO
Gears9 SPEEDNumber of Valves32
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb13.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High11.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High11.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low22.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium13.8WLTP - MPG - Comb21.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High25.5WLTP - MPG - High25.2
WLTP - MPG - Low12.7WLTP - MPG - Medium20.5

General

Badge Engine CC4.0Badge Power476
Coin SeriesTouring PlusGeneration Mark7
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0750EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Mileage15500
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)3.9Engine Power - BHP476
Engine Power - KW350Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT516
Engine Torque - MKG71.4Engine Torque - NM700
Engine Torque - RPM2250Top Speed183

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front275/35 R21
Tyre Size Rear305/30 R21Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleAMG MULTI-SPOKEWheel Type21" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1359Length4705
Wheelbase2700Width1915
Width (including mirrors)2100 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)70Gross Vehicle Weight2320
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)213Max. Loading Weight370
Minimum Kerbweight1950No. of Seats4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG SL

Mercedes' SL sports car has re-invented itself. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Luxury sports car buyers traditionally sold on the charms of a Mercedes SL will certainly be sold on this rejuvenated MK7 model. They'll like the lithe proportions and deft detailing, the powerful engines and the luxurious technology. It's more important though, to consider whether the changes made here will widen this classic model's customer audience. More sophistication when it comes to drive dynamics and the additional rear seats certainly mean it has more to offer. It's a special car. As every SL should be.

Background

Sports cars used to be one of the key pillars in the Mercedes-Benz product range, important as much for brand image as for sales. But despite all the last decade's F1 success, those sales have been falling. To the point where in 2020, less than 1% of the cars sold by the company worldwide were sports cars. And that was when the small SLC roadster was still on sale, a car since axed. But Mercedes couldn't quite bring itself to part with the SL model line of larger luxury coupe and roadster sports car models which have a history going all the way back to 1954. It has however, dramatically re-reinvented the SL for this seventh generation guise. The name for a start, which is now 'Mercedes-AMG', designating a greater sporting intent. And there's much more: the roof switches back from metal folding to a lighter, more traditional fabric design; there are now two occasional rear seats, like a Porsche 911; there's an all-new Modular Sports Architecture platform; and both four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering are now available. This car has even been engineered for plug-in hybrid drive. In short, it's all very different.

Driving Experience

So. No more tame SL-Class; everything is now of the more focused Mercedes-AMG variety. There's a four-way choice of powertrains, with the entry point in the range marked by a 381hp 2.0-litre four cylinder unit of the SL 43 which drives only the rear wheels. The 62mph sprint takes 4.9s en route to 171mph. Next up are a couple of 4.0-litre V8s, which like the SL 43 direct drive via a 9-speed AMG Speedshift MCT transmission. The more accessible version is the 476hp SL 55, which gets to 62mph in just 3.9s on the way to 183mph. We can't really see why you'd want to go faster than that, but if you do, there's the SL 63 with 585hp, which features an engine with a larger air manifold and greater boost pressure. In this form, the SL makes 62mph in 3.6s on the way to 196mph. The other option is the SL 63 S E Performance, where the AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine on the front axle is combined with an electric drive unit on the rear axle. It integrates a 204hp permanently excited synchronous electric motor with an electrically switched two-speed transmission and a mechanical rear axle limited-slip differential. The lightweight high-performance battery is also located in the rear above the rear axle. Total output is 816hp, with up to 1,420Nm of torque; yes really. 62mph from rest takes just 2.9s. All the various V8 models deliver potent stats, so it's may be just as well that for the first time in its model history, this SL has gone all-wheel drive (in its V8 versions anyway) with a fully variable 4MATIC+ system that can distribute torque between front and rear axles. The SL 55 has AMG Ride Control adaptive damping, while the SL 63 adds to this AMG Active Ride Control with hydraulic anti-roll stabilisation. Optional on the SL 55 (but standard on the SL 63) are active engine mounts and a limited-slip differential. Four-wheel steering is offered on all V8 variants; up to 62mph, this sees the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to those at the front by 2.5-degrees to aid manoeuvring and corner turn-in. Above 62mph, the rears turn in the same direction as the fronts to aid cornering stability. Across the range, there are five standard driving modes - 'Slippery', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+' and 'Individual'. An additional 'Race' mode can be added to models fitted with the optional AMG Dynamic Plus package.

Design and Build

Styling chief Gordon Wagener is adamant that his brand will never do 'retro' design, which would have been an easy thing to drift into given that this MK 7 SL returns this model line to the fabric roof and 2+2 seating layout of earlier generation SL models. Instead, pretty much everything here is unique for this car, though the Panamerica-style grille is recognisable from other Mercedes-AMG models and the Modular Sports Architecture platform is shared with the new generation Mercedes-AMG GT. The passenger cell is now more in the centre of the car, so as to make room for the extra rear seats, behind which is a longer boot lid with an integrated spoiler and quad exhausts down below. The triangular shape of the large LED tail lamps echoes the shape of the powerful headlamps up front. And this is a larger car than the previous 'R231'-series model, 88mm longer, 38mm wider and 48mm taller. More significant though, for most customers will be the move away from folding metal panels for the roof mechanism. Which means that for the first time since the fourth generation SL, this car features a fabric roof, a triple-layer top which folds in 15 seconds. Inside, the cabin adopts the 11.9-inch MBUX portrait centre infotainment screen from the S-Class, but with AMG visuals and graphics. Some of which also feature on the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. AMG sports seats are of course standard, complete with the Airscarf neck heating system for when you're driving roof-down on chilly days. Behind, as we said, there are now 911-style occasional-use rear seats, though Mercedes admits these are only suitable for people shorter than 1.5m tall. Out back, there's a 213-litre boot, supposed to be able to take a couple of golf bags. An optional Load Compartment package gives you a sliding partition that increases boot size to 240-litres when the roof is raised.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £108,000 for the four cylinder SL 43 variant - offered in 'Premium', 'Touring' and 'Premium Plus' forms. The two 4MATIC+ V8 models comes in 'Premium Plus' and 'Touring Plus' forms at prices starting from around £148,000 for the SL 55 and around £172,000 for the SL 63 (which is also available in even pricier 'Performance' form for around £180,000). You'll need nearest £200,000 for the SL 63 S E Performance hybrid model. Across the range, you'll want to order the optional Load Compartment package; and possibly also the front active spoiler, a carbon fibre feature hidden in the underbody ahead of the engine which automatically extends downwards by 40mm at 50mph to create a venturi effect. There's also a large active spoiler incorporated into the edge of the boot lid, which activates at five different angles from 50mph upwards, enhancing downforce. As you'd expect, a wide range of individualisation is offered to suit the most diverse customer wishes - from sporty-dynamic to luxurious-elegant. Twelve paint colours are offered (including the two exclusive SL paints 'Hyper Blue metallic' and 'MANUFAKTUR Monza Grey magno'), plus three roof colour variants and numerous new wheel designs. Three exterior design packages are available to further sharpen the look and make it either more elegant or more dynamic. The SL 55 4MATIC+ runs on 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels as standard, optionally in silver or matt black. The SL 63 4MATIC+ sits on 20-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels. The range of wheels includes a total of nine different variants. They include two aerodynamically optimised 20-inch options in 5-twin-spoke or multi-spoke design. The range is rounded off with 21-inch AMG alloy wheels in a 10-spoke design and 21-inch AMG forged wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design, both in two colour variants.

Cost of Ownership

Particularly with the V8 variants, you will of course need deep pockets for the running costs. The SL 43 delivers 31.0mpg, the SL 55 is 21.4mpg and the SL 63 is up to 21.6mpg. As for the CO2 figures, well the SL 43 is rated at 206g/km, the SL 55 is 298g/km and the SL 63 is 299g/km. Thanks to its hybrid system, the SL 63 S E Performance is rated at 175g/km. At least across the range you can buy with confidence. There's a thirty year warranty against corrosion (yes, you heard that right). And we'll tell you that the comprehensive three year unlimited mileage warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. There's also a 'Service' segment of the instrument screen with an 'ASSYST PLUS' dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. It's also worth mentioning that the 'Mercedes me' remote online services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your SL to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to. As for the question of residual values, independent experts reckon they will be a strong as they was have been with an SL.

Summary

This is a very special car. Like its predecessors, the seventh generation SL offers a unique, fascinating and in some ways contradictory interpretation of sports car motoring. It's not really tailored for a track, yet it's more than just a very grand GT, a combination that won't suit if your preferences lie at either of these extremes. For many though, this will be the perfect way to reward themselves for a lifetime's endeavour, a car that feels genuinely coupe-like with the roof up and roadster-ready, top-down. As for the changes that have created this revitalised MK7 model, well they're very welcome - and not only because of aesthetic updates that have given this car so much more streetside presence than it had before. Four-wheel drive, four wheel steering and the stiffer chassis will make a big difference to the driving experience, aided by the lighter weight of the new fabric roof, which compensates for the larger body shell needed to accommodate the welcome addition of extra rear seats. In summary, what we have here is an enduring but very modern take on luxury sports car motoring. And a model that's every inch a classic Mercedes-Benz.

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
60%
Styling
80%
Build
80%
Value
50%
Equipment
70%
Economy
50%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
50%

This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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47 monthly payments of£1848.98
Deposit£249
Total amount payable£137,964.66
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Representative APR8.9%
Cash price£109,998
Credit amount£109,749
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge29.6p per mile
Completion fee£1
Optional final payment£50,813.60
Term (months)48

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  • Mercedes-Benz Sl Class - SL 55 4Matic+ Touring Plus 2dr Auto
  • KO23TZH
  • GBP
  • 109998
  • 7670 miles, Mercedes-Benz of Aberdeen