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Zero to 60 - 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible

Apr 16, 2013 02:01PM ● By tina

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Convertible

The first-ever 300-SL was a racecar unlike any that came before it — with its innovative tubular space frame, teardrop-shape and fuel injection, it stood alone in the motorsports world of its heyday. When the sport liecht or SL series was introduced, in 1952, speed was of the utmost importance, and carmakers were doing everything they could to improve on the age-old standards. Simply translated, sport liecht means “sport and lightweight.” The SL, the best-known model in the Mercedes’ lineup, has taken many forms over the years, and even today, improvements to it continue to be made.  The sixth generation 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is longer, wider and, yes, lighter than ever before.

An upright, single-bar grille toped by a large three-pointed star give a nod to the SL’s heritage while LED lighting elements and matte paint options bring the exterior well into the new millennium. For those who like the look of the SLK, you’ll be even happier with this slightly larger relative. On the inside, new ambient lighting illuminates the always well-appointed leather interior.

What really sets the SL550 apart is not the usual headliners, but rather the supporting cast. A new aluminum frame and body panels helped shed more than 270 pounds from its already svelte body.  And under the hood, a brand new 4.6-liter, direct-injection V8 delivers a stunning 429 horsepower that drives 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Proving that performance can also exhibit eco-conservation, Mercedes-Benz offers the new ECO Stop-Start System.  It automatically turns off the engine whenever the car stops with the brake pedal depressed adding to the engine’s overall fuel economy, listed at 25 mpg highway.

With an MSRP of $106,375, this two-seat roadster is at the high-end of the convertible spectrum, but the performance and resume of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is hard to compete with — even by members of its own family.


Engine: 4.6-liter V8

Horsepower: 429

MPG: 25 highway

MSRP: $106,375

0–60: 4.5 sec