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Old 04-28-2019, 03:25 PM
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What is the point of the Mercedes SL?

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I don't understand the SL. If you want a Mercedes 2-seat sports car, you get an AMG-GT. If you want a convertible luxury cruiser, you get an S-class convertible. What's the point of the SL?

Mercedes doesn't seem to care much about it. It always has incredibly long intervals between refreshes, and is usually the last model to receive updates. They also quietly dropped the V12 versions from the U.S. market (you can no longer get an SL65).

The current form of the SL has no reason to exist. Instead, the AMG-GT should be called the SL.

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The 60's Paqoda SL and 190SL were probably the most sporty of the bunch. As time went on they became more of a personal car with sporting intentions that was comfortable to drive.

My 97 C280 is a much more sporty car than my 97 SL320 when driving around town / twisty roads. At 4,100 LB the SL isn't something I'd call light but the SL is a better highway car.

Time between refresh is likely due to high costs of manufacture relative to production numbers. ( though with modern methods this is becoming less of an issue ) The 73 to 89 ( ish ) R107 SL was probably the longest running SL. During that time frame, cars really didn't need to change much since laws were pretty stable so why change.
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What's the point of the SL?

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If you are over 50 and don't want to be seen in a "sporty" c-class MB.
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What a provocative first post by "elysse 77." Can we look forward to additional insightful commentary? Let us hope not.
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The 60's Paqoda SL and 190SL were probably the most sporty of the bunch. As time went on they became more of a personal car with sporting intentions that was comfortable to drive....
Totally true but I've got to say that starting with the R230 SL Mercedes seems to have taken more interest in sporting credentials.

I have an SL550 and when pushed it responds pretty well, its still a heavy car and you can feel it in the turns but the ABC suspension keeps the tires perpendicular to the road surface at silly G-forces and the SBC brakes have a great feel and fade free response in hard braking. Since the brake controller is looking at data and responding at the individual wheel level as well as coordinating on-the-fly with the ESP system I find this is a very easy car to drive at 9/10ths, you can actually feel the SBC system putting braking corrections in to keep you on-line in high-g turns.

As a result when you're driving it at the 9/10ths level you are really moving, its nothing like a 107SL at 9/10ths.

There was a Car and Driver comparison test done in the 2008 timeframe looked at high-dollar convertible GT cars. They looked at the BMW650i, the cadillac roadster, the SL550 and the Porsche 911. The SL550 won, it actually beat the 911.

The R230 SL is at its heart a great GT car but when the road turns twisty it can play that game as well. Outside of maybe driving in snow or unimproved roads it can handle anything you throw at it with aplomb. It also gets 26-27 MPG on the highway, I've done several 1,000 mile days in my SL and they car makes that kind of task pretty easy. It's a great car, one of the best I've ever owned.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:08 PM
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The SL is supposed to be a "sports car", not a luxury barge. That's the S coupe.

It seems like Mercedes knows the SL doesn't meet it's intent, and made the AMG-GT to fill the hole. If the SL was what it's supposed to be, the AMG-GT would not have a reason to exist.

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The S coupe and cabriolet are out, no sales
New sportier SL

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Like DUH come on dude. Not everyone wants a tough sports car. So e of us like the wafty Grand touring roadster!
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Hello everyone,

I don't understand the SL. If you want a Mercedes 2-seat sports car, you get an AMG-GT. If you want a convertible luxury cruiser, you get an S-class convertible. What's the point of the SL?

Mercedes doesn't seem to care much about it. It always has incredibly long intervals between refreshes, and is usually the last model to receive updates. They also quietly dropped the V12 versions from the U.S. market (you can no longer get an SL65).

The current form of the SL has no reason to exist. Instead, the AMG-GT should be called the SL.

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The SL is a folding hardtop roadster and the S is a softtop convertible. You might as well ask why so many companies make 2 door and 4 door versions of cars. I have a Z4 roadster and love it but I have zero interest in a 1 or 2 series convertible because of the softtops they have, the styling, and the rear seats I neither need or want.
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The SL is a folding hardtop roadster and the S is a softtop convertible.

I own several Mercedes SLs and none of them have a folding hardtop.
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What's the point of the SL?

If you have to ask, you won't understand the answer.
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