Added 7th October, 2016
By Jonathan Crouch
This is a very special car - and not only because it was the first large-scale production Mercedes-Benz with an all-aluminium body. Like its predecessors, the sixth generation SL offers a unique, fascinating and in some ways contradictory interpretation of sportscar motoring. It’s not really suited to a track, yet it’s more than just a very grand GT, a combination that won’t suit if your preferences lie at either of these extremes. For many though, this will be the perfect way to reward themselves for a lifetime’s endeavour, a car that feels genuinely coupe-like with the roof up and roadster-ready, top-down.
Nothing else in this segment from the 2012 to 2016 era manages that quite as well. Nothing else can offer the security of a hard-top folding roof and, rather surprisingly, nothing else comparable is either as well equipped or as efficient to run. This is then, an enduring but very modern take on luxury sportscar motoring. And every inch a Mercedes-Benz.