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Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$91,605
BASE MSRP
$98,500
Quick Take
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. Read more »
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“The SL’s midcycle enhancement, then, brings with it a few effective styling changes, headlined by a new single-bar grille that evokes most of its SL forebears, flanked by L-shaped headlamps that evoke none of them.“

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“...unlike the previous model, it now looks really good in red.”

Car and Driver »

“The headlamps' pinned-back perma-surprised look, the widened grille's eerie rictus, the flattened forehead - all have the aspect of someone who has their cosmetic surgeon on speed-dial.”

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$98,500 $299,000
MSRP $98,500
INVOICE $91,605 Browse used listings in your area
2-Door Roadster 5.5L V8
Gas Mileage 13 mpg City/21 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V8, 5.5L
EPA Class 2 Seater
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 2
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style Convertible
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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.

Likes:

  • Crisp handling and absorbent ride
  • Great seats
  • Class-leading safety
  • Very tight-fitting top
  • Feature-riffic: Airscarf!

Dislikes:

  • Styling can look dated
  • Feels heavy in tight maneuvers
  • Top restricts trunk space when down
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