Like its cabin, the SL’s exterior isn’t quite as fresh as it once was (and hasn’t yet eclipsed the elegance and cool of the 1960s W113 SL models), despite a recent facelift. There are a few slightly odd angles, from which the entire car can look almost curved like a banana, and the long front and rear overhangs shout “boulevard cruiser” more than they do “sports car”.
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There’s no doubt though that all give off the desired aire of expense, and the AMG versions in particular are suitably menacing to behold, thanks to their body kits and blacked-out details. We are, however, looking forward to seeing how Mercedes’ developing design language might influence the next generation of SL.
In This Review
- 1Mercedes-Benz SL review - sports car or boulevard cruiser?
- 2Mercedes-Benz SL performance and 0-60 time
- 3Mercedes-Benz SL engine and gearbox
- 4Mercedes-Benz SL ride and handling
- 5Mercedes-Benz SL MPG and running costs
- 6Mercedes-Benz SL prices, specs and rivals
- 7Mercedes-Benz SL interior and tech
- 8Mercedes-Benz SL design - currently reading