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The re-designed 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 has lost some weight, gained some size, and will now cost you a little more than it used to, starting at $106,375.
The added cost for 2012 is about $3,000 dollars, but the value in the SL550 has been increased as well, getting a 4.7-liter turbo-charged V8 which produces 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Losing about 175lbs. thanks to new lightweight aluminum frame construction, the SL550 is expected to run the 0-60 mph sprint in just 4.5 seconds. This is about 1 full second faster than the last generation SL, and can apparently be done using less fuel then its predecessor according to Mercedes.
The new SL will also be full of new gadgets and technology for 2013. The Magic Sky control roof is a major innovation available on the SL550, offering the choice between a tinted glass roof or a clear glass roof controlled by the touch of a button. A new audio system will be incorporated as well which utilizes the hollow construction of the aluminum frame to act as an acoustic amplifier, giving the sound system a large concert hall tone. Every SL will be outfitted with Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system that includes a 7-inch screen, DVD changer, web browsing capability and navigation system.
The new Mercedes-Benz SL550 will be available this spring. And for the customer who demands more performance, the SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG variants will be ready for market soon.
We have seen pictures of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-class before, first when pictures from its brochure got leaked, followed by the official release of images and specs about a month ago.
However, its unveil at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, MI., is the first time it has been shown in the flesh. Like its predecessor, it has a folding metal roof, and the air scarf system, which blows hot air on your neck, perfect for driving with the top down even on cold days.
What is new about this new SL is its nearly all-aluminum construction. Due to this light-weight material, this new SL is 175 lbs lighter than the out-going model. Couple its lighter weight with the new 4.7-liter, turbo-charged, V8 which produces 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, and you’ll end up with a very quick rear-wheel drive car. 0-60 mph in the SL550 model now takes just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically-limited to 155 mph. You can bet, faster AMG-models are also going to be offered shortly after this model goes on sale.
If you like gadgets more than performance, not to worry, the new SL has plenty of toys to keep you happy. There is the MAGIC SKY Control, which makes the panoramic glass in your retracting hard-top go from clear to dark. So it is truly a convertible for all seasons and all types of weather.
There is also the MAGIC VISION Control, which is an advanced wiper system, which features wash nozzles that send washer fluid directly onto the wiper blade, and also would heat the water on colder days, so give a nicer, cleaner wipe from the start.
The audiophiles will no doubt love the new Frontbass system. This audio system utilizes the space in the footwell, which now features extra speakers. With sound coming from all corners, the idea is to give a full orchestral experience to the cars occupants.
The 2013 SL550 will go on sale in spring.
GALLERY: 2013 Mercedes SL550
See AutoGuide’s First Look Video of the new SL below:
Platinum Motorsports is known for bold luxury and exotic builds, and to really put the spotlight on what they’ve done over the recent years, they’ve put together a video of epic proportions. Taking some of their finest projects and hitting several Los Angeles landmarks while armed with a video camera, Platinum Motorsports has released this video that will make any luxury and exotic lover drool.
The video mainly highlights a Lamborghini LP640 with a matte Reventon Grey paint job, along with a Mercedes-Benz SL550 with a Black Series widebody treatment sporting the same shade. In addition, their Premier 4509 widebody Bentley GT Mulliner also steals the spotlight in matte white and we see glimpses of several Range Rovers.
Obviously the point of the video is to spotlight what Platinum Motorsports specializes in, but we can’t help but wonder how awesome Transformers would be if they had these cars in the movie; or what would happen if Fast and the Furious met Gone in 60 Seconds and had a bastard child.
Check out the video after the jump: