Recall Alert: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 130 model-year 2013 versions of the SL63, SL550 and SL65; the affected vehicles were manufactured from Jan. 16 through April 30, 2013.

The Problem: These cars have an occupant classification system that might not detect a light person sitting in the front passenger seat. This could deactivate the front passenger's airbag, increasing the risk of an injury during a crash.  

The Fix: Dealers will replace the passenger side seat cushion and the occupant classification system for free.

What Owners Should Do: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners later this month. Owners can call Mercedes at 201-573-0600 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Cars.com Review

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OK, you have a strict budget of $212,000 — "and not a penny more!" you vow — but you just can't decide between best-available luxury and top performance. Classic quandary, right? Mercedes-Benz feels your frustration and has taken the liberty of offering the best of both worlds with the 2013 SL65 AMG. The luxurious, high-performance roadster boasts nothing-but-the-best styling and cabin accommodations, along with pin-you-in-your-seat V-12 power and laser-like handling. Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman found little to criticize except maybe mitigated trunk space with the top down. (Sometimes you gotta make the tough choices.)

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By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2013 | Comments (0)

What to Drive to Your High School Reunion

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One perk about being an automotive writer and testing all sorts of new cars is getting to fool the general public into thinking I own whatever I happen to be driving. And let's face it, there's no better place to do that than a high school reunion. One of my personal heroes in this business pulled up to his reunion picnic in a Ford GT. So when it came time for me to attend my own 20-year high school reunion in suburban St. Louis I landed a bit of luck myself: a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG.

It's practically the perfect car to take on a reunion road trip. It's the most expensive car Mercedes-Benz sells in the U.S., equipped with just two seats, a convertible hardtop, dramatic styling and a truly extraordinary rarity — one of the industry's last V-12 engines, a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter monster making 621 horsepower and a jaw-dropping 738 pounds-feet of torque. That's zero-to-60 mph in 3.9 seconds. That's around $223,000 including destination. Perfect!

Of course, most of my reunion friends follow me on Facebook, so they knew the car wasn't mine. That didn't stop me from having a great adventure in it. Scroll down to see how it went.

By Aaron Bragman | August 27, 2013 | Comments (5)

Recall Alert: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling 432 SL-Class roadsters from the 2013 model year because the air-conditioner refrigerant line could rupture in a severe frontal crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects SL vehicles that use R1234yf refrigerant and were built from Dec. 19, 2011, through May 31. (You can check your vehicle’s build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.) If the refrigerant escapes from the hose, the gas mixture could be released into the engine compartment and ignite a fire under specific conditions. Daimler, Mercedes’ parent company, discovered the problem during product testing, NHTSA says.

Mercedes will notify owners this month, and dealers will replace the R1234yf refrigerant with R134a and install new refrigerant lines. The service will be free. Owners can call Mercedes at 800-367-6372 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Dave Lee | October 5, 2012 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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Model-year 2013 brings a host of updates to Mercedes-Benz's SL, including a new aluminum body and drivetrain. These updates make the redesigned SL even more of a luxury touring roadster, says Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. And with prices topping $130,000, it really should be, he says.

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By Jennifer Geiger | August 17, 2012 | Comments (1)

What Does This Button Do?

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For the $130,000 as-tested price of our Mercedes-Benz SL550 test car, the curious-looking button with an image of a box surrounding the SL550 better be a Starship Enterprise-like deflector shield. You know, to create an impenetrable force field against rogue shopping carts at the grocery store or stray golf balls at the country club.

It looks like that technology may still be a few years off. In the SL550, the button is tied to the optional Active Body Control suspension. Our highlighted button’s main function doesn’t adjust the suspension in any way, however, or provide defense against Klingon warships.

By Joe Bruzek | July 19, 2012 | Comments (3)

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG: Photo Gallery

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The recently redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class gets another AMG trim for the model year, called the SL65 AMG.

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The top-of-the-line trim packs a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-12; exterior updates include high-polished chrome, a differently styled lower diffuser and AMG-specific LED daytime running lights. The model goes on sale in November.

By Colin Bird | April 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG: Up Close

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If the recession left your billions of dollars unscathed, look no further than Mercedes' SL65 AMG. The 621-horsepower roadster hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds; its turbo V-12 makes a stump-pulling 738 pounds-feet of torque. Lehman Brothers was lame, man: You’re still filthy, stinking rich.

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Perhaps I'm jealous. A 12-cylinder version of the imposing new SL was all but inevitable, and the SL65 packs stupefying numbers. The show car's matte gray paint, carbon fiber mirrors and carbon fiber front air splitter look menacing, as do the massive 15.4-inch front brake discs – the size of the dinner plates on which the 1% eat carefully arranged morsels with unpronounceable names. (Fine; I'll stop.)

By Kelsey Mays | April 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG at the 2012 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: BMW 6 Series  
  • Looks like: A top-of-the-line SL-Class 
  • Drivetrain: 621-hp, 6.0-liter V-12; seven-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive 
  • Hits dealerships: November 2012

The newly redesigned 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class gets another — now top-of-the-line — trim added to its roster before the model's official retail launch in May, according to the luxury carmaker. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG brings V-12 power back to the SL-Class lineup after a one-year hiatus. It will debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

The SL65 AMG packs a 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-12, which produces 738 pounds-feet of torque. That's up from 604 hp on the 2011 SL65 AMG. Like the SL63 AMG, this model is powered by the same seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. The engine gets larger air openings for cooling the engine oil, water and transmission oil, according to Mercedes. All that power allows the SL65 to acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than the SL63.

By Colin Bird | March 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Priced at $105,550

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When the redesigned-for-2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 goes on sale in May, it will start at $105,550, excluding an $875 destination charge, about $2,000 more than the 2012 version.

Notable updates to the hardtop convertible include a body made almost exclusively out of aluminum, a new powertrain and more standard safety features, such as a drowsiness detection system and adaptive brakes.

The outgoing SL started at $103,650 and was powered by a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8. It's replaced by a 429-hp, twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8 with standard stop/start functionality for added fuel savings.

The new engine offers 12% more horsepower and 23% more torque than the outgoing power plant, Mercedes says. The automaker also expects the new convertible to be more fuel efficient than the 2012 model, which is EPA-rated at 14/22 mpg city/ highway.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

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