2017 MERCEDES-BENZ SL550 ROADSTER
Since the 1950s, the Mercedes-Benz SL has been a showcase for sophisticated style and engineering excellence. The original 300SL Gullwing was a highly exotic, thinly disguised racer for the road. But it was its 300SL Roadster sibling that set the standard for future SL models. It had been subtly refined into a comfortable, enormously capable, and achingly beautiful sports car that could be used every day. The arrival of the R113 series in the 1960s developed the brand further, showing buyers that a sports car need not be fussy, uncomfortable or unreliable. Unlike its competitors, the SL was a true year-round sports car. It acted as an open two-seat runabout, or with the hardtop in place, it was a laid-back grand touring coupe. While it wasn’t going to set any records on the track, it was the dependable, relaxed nature and exquisite build quality that set it apart. The R129 of 1989 was one of the most advanced cars Mercedes had built to date, putting a renewed emphasis on active and passive safety systems in the SL range. Later, the R230 of 2001 featured the first appearance of the folding hard top on the big SL which is now a signature of the brand. Today’s SLs continue the tradition by blending advanced technology with staggering performance, all the while retaining unmistakable SL DNA.
This 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL550 is an impeccably presented, one-owner example that has covered just 1,037 miles from new. Equipped with over $8,000 in options, it is finished in the striking combination of black (040) over a vivid red and black Designo interior. The body and paint quality is outstanding, reflective of the exceptionally low mileage and backed with a clean Carfax report. Rolling stock consists of optional 19” AMG alloy wheels which are unmarked and wrapped in excellent original rubber. For the 2017 model year, the styling of the R231 has been updated with an aggressive new face that features perforated grilles and all new headlamps. The lamps feature adaptive LED technology with automatic high beam assist. Of course, this being an SL, it seamlessly blends astonishing performance with a dizzying array of high tech safety features. This car is equipped with the optional Driver Assistance Package (997) which includes lane departure assist, Pre-Safe Plus automatic braking, adaptable cruise control, and blind spot monitoring among other driver aids. The so-called “Varioroof” folding hardtop can be raised or lowered at speeds up to 25 mph, and an automatic partition in the boot deploys when the top is folded to prevent damage when loading luggage.
The interior is trimmed in optional Designo Red leather (code X17) with a black “Dinamica” (synthetic suede) headlining for a sportier feel. All of the necessary comfort and convenience options are featured, which includes satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, rearview camera, heated and ventilated seats, and a power-operated wind-deflector, among many, many others. This car is also equipped with the Harman/Kardon audio system for excellent quality surround-sound whether the top us up or down.
In true SL tradition, there is tremendous performance on tap to match its high-tech specification. The 4.7 liter V8 wears a pair of turbos to produce 449 horsepower and 516 ft/lbs of torque. It is supercar-quick in a straight line, hitting 60 in 4.3 seconds from a standstill. Power goes through a 9-speed automatic transmission, and stop-start technology keep efficiency in check when not exploring the limits of the engine and chassis. Thanks to the active suspension system, ride and handling are excellent, and the SL550 feels equally at home carving back roads or chewing up relaxing miles of interstate with ease.
With a unique blend of sophisticated style, luxury, and performance, the SL has always been in a class of its own. This newest generation pushes those boundaries while remaining true to its heritage. The sale of this excellent example includes all original books, manuals, and two keys, and it remains under the balance of the factory 4-year/50,000 mile warranty.
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