Mercedes-Benz’s first foray into the luxurious grand touring sports car world was with the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. A gullwing and roadster beauty. The SL stands for Super Leicht, or super light, owing to the car’s lightness and ease of ride. While the 300 SL was an instant hit, it was initially produced for the Grand Prix and was not intended for the commercial market. All that changed when an American importer suggested they market it to the affluent segment. Thus, since 1954 Mercedes-Benz has been producing the iconic SL Class when in 2022, they renamed it Mercedes-AMG SL. A chance to own a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 with just 4,000 miles on the odometer is indeed rare, and here it is!
The fifth-generation SL-Class was introduced in 2001 and produced until 2011. Two facelifts were enacted on the SL-Class in 2006 and 2008. This 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 is bedecked in the premium Designo Graphite exterior patina. The 2008 facelift gives the SL 550 a more modern look, with shaped uniquely shaped headlights and a streamlined body. The front fascia has a more aggressive look with integrated fog lights in the front bumper. The front quarter panels feature ventilation for the brakes for enhanced braking and cooling. The AMG Styling Package adds in the front spoiler and side skirts. It sits on a set of AMG 19” 5-spoke wheels. Exclusive leather trim in Black and Anthracite is appointed for the interior with a Designo Piano Black Lacquer trim. The Premium Package adds active ventilation for the powered and contoured bucket seats, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating and cooling system, and a keyless entry and start. The panorama glass moonroof adds in an optional sun shade as well. Illuminated door sill plates, Distronic, Parktronic and many more features are standard on this SL 550 to make the drive as enjoyable as possible.
Powering this 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL 550 is the potent 5.5L V8 coupled to a 7-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel shift paddles. The V8 has a power rating of 383hp and 391 lb.ft of torque. All-wheel disc brakes assure optimum stopping power, while Mercedes-Benz’s much-vaunted Active Body Control (ACS) keeps the car centered by reducing up to 60% of body movements.
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