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2013 Mercedes Benz SL550 : Current Models

Point the 2013 SL550's long, squared-off nose to 12 o'clock, smash the right pedal until the maximum 13 psi of bi-turbo boost pressure invigorates the 429 hp 4.7-liter V-8, and you'll immediately understand why the guys think the SL's 516 lb-ft of torque is more than enough. Get each of the seven-speed automatic's shifts correct via its twin paddles and 60 mph will flash on the digitized speedo in 4.0 seconds. The SL will reach the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at 114 mph. 2013 Mercedes Benz SL550 Rear Three Quarters Indeed, the SL550 packs a sports car punch in a modern package stuffed to its faux hood intakes with cutting edge safety and cabin tech (Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe Brake, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Airscarf, and COMAND).

For a 4100-pound roadster whose body is 90-percent aluminum (with high-strength steel and magnesium thrown in), the SL550 also stops absurdly well. Stomp on the 13.5-inch front, 12.6-inch rear cross-drilled rotors and you'll get to nil from 60 mph in only 105 feet. Tackle a mountain road with the SL's gearbox and Active Body Control (ABC) suspension set to the most athletic Sport modes and you'll immediately notice a heavier pull from its electromechanically boosted three-spoke helm, touchier throttle, less-forgiving ride, and gearshifts undertaken at the rev limiter. Its actions become sharper and quicker. But even in the sportiest of drive modes, the SL isn't a precision driving instrument.

The SL550 excels at cruising. Its forefathers, namely the 1955 190 SL and 1957 300 SL Roadster, set the standard when it came to ueber-comfortable top-down luxo-sailing. The sixth-generation car -- codenamed R231 in Benz tongue -- stays true to its heritage by providing one of the quietest, plushest two-seat rides around. Such near-silence inside can be attributed to its double-layer floor, heavily insulated cabin, structural pieces with spray-on insulation, and an extra-thick laminated windshield. Added comfort is a direct result of two cushy 12-way adjustable massaging thrones and an optional ABC adjustable suspension that softens its dampening in comfort mode.

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