Local pricing and specifications for the updated 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL range have been revealed, with the flagship sports car getting a new face and sharp price cuts over the outgoing model.
Kicking off at $218,715 before on-road costs, the entry-level SL400 comes in a smidgen over $10,000 below the asking price of the previous car.
Powering the ‘standard’ Mercedes-Benz SL is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine generating 270kW of power and 500Nm of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Over its predecessor, the SL400 gains AMG exterior styling, Comand Online navigation system with Apple CarPlay, LED headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Already standard on the SL400 are selectable driving modes, leather upholstery, 600W 11-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system, Airscarf neck-level heaters, heated and ventilated sports seats, keyless entry and start, ambient lighting and a digital TV tuner.
Stepping up to the SL500 adds $60,000 ($278,715) and swaps the twin-turbo V6 for a 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8, with outputs of 335kW and 700Nm, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Despite the price hike over its V6-powered sibling, the SL500 is actually $33,285 cheaper than the car it replaces.
In addition to the equipment featured on the SL400, the SL500 comes standard with nappa leather upholstery, Black Ash high-gloss wood trim, wood/leather steering wheel and power closing doors.
At the top of the range is the Mercedes-AMG SL63, powered by a 430kW/900Nm 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, kicking off at $368,715 plus on-road costs – $30,285 less than before.
The SL63 is capable of sprinting from 0-100km/h in just 4.1 seconds.
Standard on the flagship variant are AMG 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, AMG sports suspension with Active Body Control, AMG locking rear differential, AMG high-performance brakes and an AMG sports exhaust system.
Also included is ‘Exclusive’ nappa leather upholstery, a Bang and Olufsen BeoSound sound system, AMG IWC clock, AMG active multi-contour seats and a panoramic vario-roof.
On the safety front, all variants come equipped with six airbags, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, driver fatigue monitor, an active bonnet, adaptive LED brake lights and a rear-view camera.
Above: SL400 interior (overseas model)
For 2017 the updated range adds the Driver Assistance Plus package as standard, which includes autonomous adaptive cruise control with steering assist, active brake assistance with cross-traffic function, active lane-keeping assistance and active blind-spot assistance.
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL specifications:
SL500 (in addition to SL400)
AMG SL63 (in addition to SL500)
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL pricing (plus on-road costs):