2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550

Another drop-top unveiled in Detroit was the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550. While perhaps not as iconic as Porsche’s 911, the SL has been a Mercedes mainstay for 60 years. This latest hardtop convertible has a new 4.6-liter, direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that makes 429 horsepower and an immense 516 pound-feet of torque. That power is routed to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. The car sheds some 275 pounds from the previous SL, which certainly aids in its 4.5-second 0-60 acceleration time. Stay tuned for a full review in the near future and look for the new SL to hit dealerships this spring.
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