More powerful engines, technical tweaks and visual revisions for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL
18 November 2015

The Mercedes-Benz SL has been updated for 2016 with a selection of visual and technical changes.

Read our review of the SL AMG 63 here

The two-seater convertible gets minor styling changes designed to bring it in line with the current Mercedes-Benz family, and in particular the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car.

Read our review of the SL 400 AMG Line here

The front gets a larger diamond radiator grille, while LED lights are now fitted as standard. The front bumper and bonnet are both new, with larger front air intakes and a more widespread use of chrome.

The engine range remains largely unchanged, with the same SL 400, SL 500, AMG SL 63 and AMG SL 65 as before. The SL 400 has had a 35bhp boost, with the engine now offering 362bhp and 369lb ft. This results in a slight improvement in performance, with 0-62mph now taking 4.9sec. Top speed remains limited to 155mph. 

The 449bhp SL 500 remains unchanged, as do the 577bhp SL 63 and the 621bhp V12-engined SL 65. All versions now come with a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.

The revised SL is now available with the body roll-reducing Curve function that has previously only been offered on the larger S-Class Coupé. It also offers the Dynamic Select system, which allows the driver to choose different suspension settings, from Comfort through to a new Sport+ mode.

Pricing for the 2016 SL has not yet been revealed but is expected to come down from the £73,575 starting point of the current car to significantly less than £70,000. Mercedes has not confirmed the specification changes that will make this possible, but they are set to be revealed at the same time as the pricing, which will be announced in January. The first cars will be delivered around April.

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18 November 2015
With this price drop it does seem as though Mercedes is positioning this car below the new GT and S Class Cabrio, atleast until the new one comes. Far better looking than the pre Facelift to my eyes though interior looking a little dated compared to the car makers latest efforts

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