|Parent company||Daimler-Benz (1957–1997)|
Daimler AG (2008–present)
|Class||Luxury Grand Tourer|
|Body style(s)||2-door coupe|
The term SL-Class refers to the marketing variations of the vehicle, including the numerous engine configurations spanning five design generations.
1954 to 1962
|Wheelbase||2400 mm (94.5 in)|
|Length||4520 mm (178 in)|
|Width||1790 mm (70.5 in)|
|Height||1300 mm (51.1 in)|
1963 to 1971
1972 to 1989
4.5L V8 2.8L I6 3.8L V8 5.0L V8 4.2L V8 5.6L V8
|Wheelbase||96.7 in (2456 mm)|
|Length||180.3 in (4580 mm)|
|Width||70.5 in (1791 mm)|
|Height||51.1 in (1298 mm)|
- 350SL - 1971–1980
- 450SL - 1973–1980
- 280SL - 1974–1985
- 380SL - 1980–1986
- 500SL - 1980–1986
- 300SL - 1986–1989 Base model was available as standard in a 5-speed manual although very few were sold. The SOHC 6 cylinder M103 considered by many to have handling advantages with its lighter engine.
- 420SL - 1986–1989
- 500SL - 1986–1989
- 560SL - 1986–1989 From 86 onwards the US, Japan and Australia received only this model.
1990 to 2002
|Engine(s)||2.8L 193 hp (144 kW) I6|
2.8L 204 hp (152 kW) V6
3.0L 190 hp (142 kW) I6
3.0L 231 hp (172 kW) I6
3.2L 231 hp (172 kW) I6
3.2L 224 hp (167 kW) V6
5.0L 326 hp (243 kW) V8
5.0L 306 hp (228 kW) V8
5.5L 354 hp (264 kW) V8
6.0L 381 hp (284 kW) V8
6.0L 394 hp (294 kW) V12
7.0L 496 hp (370 kW) V12
7.3L 525 hp (391 kW) V12
|Wheelbase||99.0 in (2515 mm)|
|Length||1997–2002: 177.1 in (4498 mm)|
1989–1996: 176.0 in (4470 mm)
1992-96 V12: 178.0 in (4521 mm)
|Width||71.3 in (1811 mm)|
|Height||1992–2002: 51.3 in (1303 mm)|
1989–1991: 50.7 in (1288 mm)
1994 saw a huge facelift for the SL, and the 300SL was replaced in Europe by the SL280 and SL320 (with 2.8 L and 3.2 L I6 engines). The SL500 continued with the same powerful engine. A 389 hp (290 kW) 6.0 L V12 SL600 topped the range. Introduced in 1993 as the 600SL, it was re-badged the SL600 in 1994.
The SL320 replaced the 300SL in the United States in 1995, but the SL280 was not offered. The 6-cylinder SLs were dropped from the US lineup in 1998, leaving just the V8 and V12. The SL500 got a new 302 hp (225 kW) 5.0 L V8 for 1999.
Even more rare is the Mercedes-Benz SL70 AMG which was powered by a 7.0 L V12 engine.
The SL60 AMG was also extremely rare. Sold through MB from 1996 to 1998, it used a 6.0 litre V8 engine producing between 381 bhp (284 kW) and 384 bhp (286 kW). AMG claimed a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) speed of 5.8 seconds. Its top speed was limited to 155 mph (249 km/h), but with the limiter removed, it was capable of approximately 185 mph (298 km/h). AMG later unofficially admitted that 0-60 mph was closer to 5.0 seconds and the engine produced between 405-410 bhp.
The SL55 AMG was sold through AMG in the R129 bodystyle from 1998 to 2001 in limited quantity. It was the predecessor of the production R230 SL55 AMG sold from 2003 to 2008.
Only about 300 cars in the SL-class were customized by AMG prior to 2003.
2003 to 2008 models
|Engine(s)||5.5L 308 hp (230 kW) V8|
5.4L 476 hp (355 kW) V8
5.5L 493 hp (368 kW) V12
6.0L 604 hp (450 kW) V12
|Wheelbase||100.8 in (2560 mm)|
|Length||178.5 in (4534 mm)|
|Width||2005–08: 71.5 in (1816 mm)|
2001-04: 72.0 in (1829 mm)
|Height||51.0 in (1295 mm)|
- 2005 SL350 (Europe only)
- 3.7 L (3724 cc) 18-valve V6 245 hp (182 kW) at 5,000 rpm 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 7.2 s
- 2005 SL500 Roadster
- Driver-adaptive 7-speed automatic transmission with TouchShift control
- Aluminum hardtop (automatic retraction: 16 seconds)
- 5.0 L 24-valve V8 engine 306 hp (228 kW) at 5,600 rpm, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 6.1 s
- 2005 SL55 AMG
- Manual shift buttons
- Sensotronic brakes with 8-piston front calipers
- AMG Active Body Control suspension.
- AMG supercharged 5.5 L (5439 cc) 24-valve V8 engine 497 hp (367 kW) at 6,100 rpm, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 4.7 s
- 2005 SL600 Roadster
- Active Body Control suspension
- Sensotronic Brake Control with enlarged front and rear disks
- Heated and ventilated multicontour seats
- Twin turbocharged 5.5 L (5513 cc) 36-valve V12 engine 493 hp (367 kW) at 5,000 rpm, 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 4.6 s
- 2005 SL65 AMG
- Twin turbocharged 6.0 L (5980 cc) 36-valve V12 engine
- Power : 604 bhp / 451 kW
- Torque : 738 lb·ft / 1000 Nm
- BHP/Liter : 102 bhp / liter
- Top Speed : 250 km/h / 155 mph (electronically limited)
- Top Speed : approx 338 km/h without electronic limitation
- 0-100 km/h Acceleration : 4.2 s
|Engine(s)||3.5L 231 hp (172 kW) V6|
3.5L 315 hp (235 kW) V6
5.5L 382 hp (285 kW) V8
5.5L 510 hp (380 kW) V12
6.0L 612 hp (456 kW) V12
6.2L 525 hp (391 kW) V8
6.0L 670 hp (500 kW)V12
|Wheelbase||2,560 mm (100.8 in)|
|Length||4,562 mm (179.6 in)|
|Width||7.5 mm (0.3 in): 1,820 mm (71.7 in)|
|Height||1,317 mm (51.9 in)|
AMGThe facelifted SL loses AMG's 5.4L M113 in favor of the newer M156 6.2L V8 used in the S63 AMG, CLK63 AMG and C63 AMG. It produces 525 PS (386 kW; 518 hp) at 6800 rpm and 630 N·m (460 lb·ft) of torque at 5200 rpm. It can accelerate from rest to 100 km/h (62mph) in 4.6 seconds going up to a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The SL63 AMG also includes the new AMG-developed 7-speed MCT "Multi Clutch Technology" semi-automatic transmission.
The new MCT transmission is essentially the 7G-Tronic transmission without a torque converter. Instead of a torque converter, it uses a compact wet startup clutch to start the car off, and also supports computer-controlled double declutching. The MCT (Multi-Clutch Technology) acronym refers to a planetary (automatic) transmission’s multiple clutches and bands for each gear.
The MCT is fitted with four drive modes: “C” (Comfort), “S” (Sport), “S+” (Sport plus) and “M” (Manual) and boasts 100 millisecond shifts in "M" mode. The new car features the new AMG DRIVE UNIT with innovative Race Start function. The AMG DRIVE UNIT is the central control unit for the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission and all driving dynamics functions. The driver can change gears either using the new AMG selector lever with its leather/ carbon-fibre finish, or by nudging the AMG steering-wheel shift paddles. The new Race start Function is a launch control system which enables the SL 63 AMG driver to call on maximum acceleration, while ensuring optimum traction of the driven wheels. A modified version of the SL 63 is the safety car for the 2008 Formula One season.
The new SL65 AMG Black Series coupe features a carbon-fiber fixed roof, front fenders, hood, trunk lid, and front and rear aprons. With the absence of retractable roof hardware, the car is more than 550 pounds lighter than the standard SL. AMG placed a modified version of the 6.0-liter AMG V12 engine that now delivers 670 bhp (500 kW) and 738 lb·ft (1,001 N·m) of torque. This is the same 6.0L engine as used in the previous SL65 model with remapped timing and fuel curves to produce 66 bhp more. Torque remains the same, as the previous model, due to transmission limitations. This engine has been labeled as the engine with the largest output that will be made by AMG. Its twin turbochargers are 12 percent larger, passages for intake air and the turbo wastegates have been modified, and the intake air intercooler is 30 percent more efficient. The result is 0-to-60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration of 3.8 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 198 mph (319 km/h).