The 2016 Mercedes SL (facelift) has made its world debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show. The facelifted 2016 Mercedes SL will come in four models – SL 400, SL 500 and AMG-powered SL 63 and the performance flagship, the SL 65.
The facelift brings with it several revisions that give the car a sporty and sleek look. The face receives sleek and stretched LED headlamps with LED DRLs, upside-down diamond grille and revised – air dam, air intakes and bumper. The sides get larger fender vents and redesigned side skirts. Moving to the rear makes visible the revised tail light clusters, quad exhausts integrated within the diffuser and a subtle boot-lid spoiler. Two new colours – Brilliant Blue and Designo Selenite Grey Magno, have been added to the exterior mix.
The AMG variants on the outside are distinguished by their signature badges and ‘AMG’ lettering along with several elements finished in either chrome or carbon fibre.
The base SL 400 gets its power from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 churning out 367 hp and 500 Nm. It can reach 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.9 seconds and has a combined fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions figure of 12.98 km/l and 175 g/km respectively.
The SL 500 is powered by the same 4.7-litre V8 unit from before, kicking out 455 hp and 700 Nm of torque. 0-62 mph (100 km/h) is covered in 4.3 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). Fuel economy figure is 11.11 km/l and CO2 emissions figure is rated at 205 g/km.
Both the above non-AMG models are equipped with the automaker’s 9-speed 9G-Tronc automatic transmission while the AMG variants equipped with AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox.
The AMG variants are the SL 63 and the even more powerful SL 65. Beginning with the SL 63, it has a 5.5-litre biturbo V8 engine under the hood producing 585 hp and an enormous 900 Nm of torque. The sprint from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes just 4.1 seconds. CO2 emissions figure is rated at 234 g/km and the NEDC combined fuel economy figure is 9.90 km/l.
The performance flagship is the SL 65 that has the mighty 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine lurking beneath the hood. This powerhouse conjures up figures of 630 hp and a colossal 1,000 Nm of peak torque available between 2,300 to 4,300 rpm. Hitting 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) takes 4 seconds flat but the top speed is still limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), although it can be raised to 300 km/h with the optional AMG Driver’s package. CO2 emissions figure is rated at 279 g/km and combined fuel economy is 8.40 km/l.
The dynamism of the 2016 Mercedes SL is taken to new heights when the Active Body Control is paired to curve tilting feature that comes as an option. This feature counters the cornering forces by tilting the body to 2.65 degrees when taking on a turn. The vario-roof has also been worked upon and is now operational at speeds of 25 mph (40 km/h). The boot separator is endowed with automatic operation and moves up and down by itself, depending on the position of the roof.
Prices have not been announced yet, but customers can place their orders from early 2016, with deliveries expected to begin in April.