SL-class has a long heritage. Across six generations this hardtop convertible decorated our streets as one of the best looking vehicles. The SL stands for Sport and Light. At least that has been the case since over the years, sport slowly changed to luxury and with the current SL curb weight being close to Nissan Murano’s, we certainly can’t say that sport is still present. And that will be the case of the third choice of design Edition. For those who don’t know what we’re talking about, Mercedes will offer special editions of 2018 Mercedes SLC-class and 2018 AMG SLC-class. But unlike those two which on the outside come with red accents, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-class will be featured completely in the red or blue paint.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-class – Blue is the Warmest Color
So, an additional dose of style will be sprinkled on the new SL. So as far as the paint choice goes, this model will be limited in Brilliant Blue Metallic and Cardinal Red Metallic. Aside from that, there are Designo Edition logos on front fenders and chrome details on the grille. Even with not being an AMG model, with this selection, the buyer will get AMG 10-spoke wheels. In front we have are 19-inch wheels while rear rides on 20-inch.
The SLC versions on the inside emphasize on sporty character, while the SL-class goes in a luxury direction. On the inside, the most notable thing that we can first see is a fine combination of white and black leather interior. On the dashboard and door panels, we can see piano white color. This edition also features heated and ventilated seats with massage function and active bolsters. Also Mercedes’ AirScarf comes standard. Even with this refreshment, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-class still shows its outdated interior, and we really think that even with nice play of interior colors, something else must be done in term of high-tech to truly bring this model closer to the audience.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-class – Same Engines
The Designo Edition brings only as its name suggests, design. No news under the hood. This roadster brings 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 with 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. And that’s for the SL450. However, the SL550 carries 4.7-liter twin turbo V8. This one produces 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Of course, there are also AMG versions of the SL and they will also, but that’s another story.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-class – Release Date
The price of this model isn’t yet announced, but it will be closer to SL’s release that is scheduled for this summer. And just for a reminder, the current SL450 starts at $87.875, while the SL550 goes for $111.725. Maybe we exaggerated when we said that it is no longer sporty, it is. But instead of Sport and Light, the SL probably now stands for Sport and Luxury.