2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class Review

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The SL’s new look isn’t to everyone’s liking, but in AMG guise, it’s now more punch than paunch—and a worthy stealth Ferrari-chaser.

This conclusive review of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL has been compiled by TheCarConnection.com’s car experts after consulting all the competitive reviews. TheCarConnection.com also drove the new Benz SL, and we offer our expert opinion to help you navigate through the reviews, read about the details that matter, and decide where opinions differ.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL is the German automaker’s top-of-the-line convertible, save for the ultra-exclusive SLR Roadster.

The SL-Class has been given a midcycle refresh for 2009, with various styling changes and equipment improvements across the line, along with a redesigned instrument panel and new steering wheel.

More noteworthy changes grace the high-performance AMG version: the SL55 AMG is now replaced by the SL63 AMG, which gets a new 518-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 and seven-speed transmission. A revamped SL65, with an AMG-tuned version of the SL600’s supercharged V-12, will be available later in the model year, and an ultimate-performance Black Series is on the way. According to reviewers, the changes to the AMG versions mean that these cars take a larger leap in performance from the standard-issue SLs, and they have dramatically different driving experiences than the SL550 and SL600.

Each of the models still offers a surprisingly comfortable, absorbent ride, along with great seats and top-of-the-class safety. Also, the innovative Airscarf feature, previously only available on the smaller SLK roadster, is now an option on the SL.

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GREAT Car . . . NOT so great looking!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
1996 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-Door Roadster 3.2L

A great touring car

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I have had this 1996 SL320 for several years having purchased it with 24k miles and currently having 68k miles. The car has performed flawlessly with the only major repair being the replacement of the... + More »
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Monday, April 13, 2015
For 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL Class

$100,000 good deal?

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