2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

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$102,600

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Styling
  • Retractable hardtop
  • Rear visibility
  • Intuitive Comand menus
  • Active Body Control suspension

The bad:

  • Nonlinear brake pedal response
  • Rearview mirror in driver's line of vision
  • Troubled reliability record

3 trims

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Notable features

  • V-8 and V-12 engines
  • SL550 Night Edition
  • Intelligent Light System
  • New &quot
  • mbrace&quot
  • telematics system

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The SL-Class retractable-hardtop roadster competes in the upper-crust sport-luxury market with the likes of the Cadillac XLR and Jaguar XK convertible.

Three models return: the V-8-powered SL550, the performance-oriented SL63 AMG with a twin-turbocharged V-8 and the SL65 AMG with a twin-turbo V-12.

New for 2011
All models receive an advanced tire pressure monitoring system, HD radio and Sirius traffic info. In addition, the SL comes with “mbrace,” a new telematics system with features such as the ability to connect to the car with a smartphone to lock and unlock doors.

Mercedes is offering 100 SL550 Night Edition models with matte-finish black paint; 19-inch AMG wheels with a two-tone, high-gloss finish; silver front brake calipers; and interior accents.

The V-12-powered SL600 has been discontinued.

Exterior
The front is characterized by angular headlights that are a bit sinister, a larger grille bisected by a single, bold cross-member and a large Mercedes star logo. The hood is domed and creased to carry the line from those shapes. An optional Intelligent Light System has five modes for different driving situations. In addition to the more common active (swiveling) and cornering light modes are Country mode, Motorway mode and enhanced fog lamps.

  • Power retractable hardtop
  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels on SL550
  • Standard 19-inch alloy wheels on SL63 and SL65
  • Standard bi-xenon headlights
  • Optional Intelligent Light System

Interior
The SL has leather-trimmed seats for two and a long list of comfort and convenience features to justify its lofty price, including the Comand system. Comand has an optional Universal Consumer Interface — a port that accepts portable music players and flash memory and controls them through the stereo, complete with onscreen menus. Bluetooth phone functionality and the option of watching DVDs on the screen (when the car is parked) are also added.

An interesting option is Airscarf, two small fans incorporated into each head restraint that blow warm air at the occupant’s neck. Mercedes says the objective is to “extend the open-air driving season.”

  • “Mbrace” telematics system
  • Voice-activated Comand system with 8-inch dash screen and center console control knob
  • Beverage cooler in glove box
  • 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system

Under the Hood
The SL550 has a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8. The SL63 AMG’s 6.2-liter V-8 makes 518 hp, and the SL65 AMG’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 generates 604 hp. All versions are rear-wheel drive.

  • Seven-speed automatic transmission (SL550, SL63)
  • Five-speed automatic (SL65)
  • Standard active suspension system (Active Body Control)
  • Optional Direct Steer system

Safety
The SL-Class’ standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Driver’s side knee airbag
  • Popup roll bar
  • Active head restraints

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value for the money 3.6
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

3.9

Loved this car. Great handling, Super looks

Great car, but expensive to own and maintain. Style is superb, every conceivable option and feature. Problems with computer suspension system, body hardware and cracks in wheels.

5.0

Most Beautiful Car That I Have Ever Ownec

This vehicle is the epitome of technology. Everything is designed to pamper the driver with ultimate comfort in the safest environment possible. The diamond white exterior is simply breathtaking and the interior details are absolutely amazing.

3.9

Not very comfy at 6'1

I got my dream car! Finally can afford it after 5 years of depreciation! It's definitely the best convertible out there, if driven 1-2 hours at a time. Anything more than that would give me back pain. The seats are not very comfortable, and they do not lean back enough when at farthest setting from steering wheel (I've got long legs). Everything else about this car is almost perfect! The interior could be improved also, but who cares with such a sexy exterior!

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
-12 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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