Last retouched in 2009, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class may no longer be the trophy wife it once was--but it's still the ruler of cougartown, very appealing, and about to be replaced by a newer model.
It's an elegant design--it doesn't say "fast" like a Jaguar XK does, and it's anything but rakish, but the SL's proportions are timeless. The nose and flanks were crisped up two years ago and they're now more in step with the rest of the lineup, now that we've seen the latest E-Class and the SLS AMG. AMG versions wear deeper front air dams, a more pronounced grille, a hood with twin power bulges, and side and rear-end skirts for a distinct look. We know Mercedes is marching toward a more masculine look for the new SL coming in 2012, but we'll miss this shape for its tidy, reserved look--equally attractive with the top down, or when it's raised.