The Red along with the Blue: Mercedes-Benz SL Designo Edition
While the original Mercedes-Benz SL may have earned its initials as a means of denoting its inherent sportiness along with light weight, modern iterations of the German two-seater have long since abandoned those qualities. Sport has fallen by the wayside in favor of luxury along with refinement, while weight has been piled onto the SL like gravy on mashed potatoes. In fact, the last SL we tested, a beastly Mercedes-AMG SL65, tipped our scales at 4151 pounds, or 80 pounds more than our long-term Nissan Murano. Even a six-cylinder SL400 we tested in 2015 weighed in at a porky 3843 pounds.
While the apple has fallen far coming from the tree that will once spawned the famed 300SL Gullwing coupe, today’s plush, leather-lined SL roadster aptly combines comfort along with speed. along with thanks to the completely new Designo Edition, Mercedes-Benz’s hardtop convertible can today be sprinkled with yet another dose of style. Available both on the 362-hp twin-turbo V-6 SL450 along with the 449-hp twin-turbo V-8 SL550, these special products include a set of 10-spoke AMG wheels (19-inch up front, 20-inch within the rear), extra chrome on the front bumper cover, along with Designo Edition logos on the front fender vents. Paint options are limited to Brilliant Blue Metallic along with Cardinal Red Metallic.
Inside, the Designo Edition SL will be marked by a white-along with-black leather Internal that will includes “piano white” trim on the dashboard along with door panels. Befitting the SL’s opulent nature, the Designo Edition comes standard with features such as heated along with cooled seats having a built-in massage function, Mercedes-Benz’s Airscarf neck warmer, along having a host of active safety equipment, including adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, along with automated emergency braking.
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Pricing for the Designo Edition won’t be released until closer to the on-sale date This particular summer. For reference, the standard six-pot SL450 starts at $87,875, while the eight-cylinder SL550 opens at $111,725. Since This particular SL will be still sporty along with far heftier than its forebear, that will seems the nomenclature no longer denotes “sport light” yet “stylish luxury,” along with the completely new Designo Edition has both in spades.