1954 saw Mercedes-Benz release their SL or ‘Super Leicht’ class, which made it into the US as well as the German manufacturer’s contender for the personal luxury car segment, as well as the grand tourer segment. Fast forward to 2021 and the model is still around, with 2022 receiving the latest iteration. If you’ve always lusted after an SL – and you’d be surprised just how many people do – here’s a nice 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG from California with just 9,310 miles on the clock. This car wore a sticker price of $222,425 when new.
The R231-generation SL of which this 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG belongs to was slightly wider and longer than the previous generation, and sports the famous powered folding aluminum roof that gives you the best of open-topped motoring coupled with a proper metal roof above your head. This example wears a stunning Obsidian Black Metallic shade which is one of the options ticked, the other is the AMG High Contrast Styling Package that ran $4,950 at purchase. Gloss Black Diamond-Turned AMG alloy wheels with red brake calipers peeping through the spokes complete the appearance. Of course, the side flanks wear the ‘V12 Biturbo’ badges, telling you that there’s some serious firepower under the hood of this car, a sentiment echoed by the AMG badges front and rear and the quad exhaust outlets. Venture aboard and it’s an affair for two only, with two electrically adjustable memory seats that are heated and ventilated to boot, and a black with white accents interior color scheme. Dual-zone climate control, infotainment system, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system are some of the special comforts on board. The 220mph speedometer is in stark contrast to the units on lesser Star-badged cars and is another hint at what this car packs under the hood. A classy IWC-badged analog clock is specific to the SL65.
Let’s get down to business. This 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG packs the most potent engine offered in this generation, the 6.0L M279 V12 with twin turbochargers helping it push out a faintly ridiculous 621hp and 738lb-ft. In fact, the engine is capable of kicking out more torque, and has to be limited by the factory to 738lb-ft to protect the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission, that sends drive to the rear wheels. Those massive, ventilated disc brakes on all four wheels ensure that the stopping power is more than ample for this potent engine.
Vehicle Location: California $222,425 Original MSRP
Optional AMG High Contrast Styling Package ($4,950)
Factory Optional Equipment:
Obsidian Black Metallic
AMG High Contrast Styling Package ($4,950)
Solid Black Roof
Gloss Black Diamond Turned Wheels