Inside the SL AMG Roadster

Written by B.R.O. Kwamena Ngolele, CNN When it comes to power, no SUV needs to look like its muscle car forefathers, but a modern car needs to muscle its way to the very top…

Inside the SL AMG Roadster

Written by B.R.O. Kwamena Ngolele, CNN

When it comes to power, no SUV needs to look like its muscle car forefathers, but a modern car needs to muscle its way to the very top of its class. And that’s where the SL comes in.

Being the hand-built Mercedes SL in every way, its each element styled with the blessing of its illustrious parent, but with a few tweaks for the climate of today. These were all considered, discussed and monitored by fans, and even docked at the showroom for their consideration.

This focus on developing the fastest, toughest and most powerful– but most importantly, stylish, most dramatic and most legendary– SL’s have brought untold wealth into the company.

Since its debut in 1958, the SL’s inspired collectors with more than 25 million pieces in circulation around the world, with interest from all over the world.

Exotic enthusiast

The pick of the lot, the best all-around package and the most expensive, is the $1.5 million SL 63.

Where old SL’s were hard to find, they are now a central part of the travel tradition for a generation looking to further up its luxury lifestyle.

A modern-day uber-racer, the SL’s defined a Formula 1 sensibility, but with more soul than their more ubiquitous cousin the Formula 1 Car.

The SL’s classic look was trademarked with a pronounced chromed silver top, but it’s the trapezoidal grille, the aesthetic of which has been reinterpreted and examined by artisans around the world. These deconstructed references to an older grille have led to a world of more interesting SLs appearing on the roads.

Contemporary references that focus on the Lewis Carroll-esque glass boomerang on the rear and the speedometer will always reflect the original SL’s original inspirations.

The car has also been showcased by the EPA in recent years, as the decision was made to expand its coverage.

Now, for a mere $59,800 you can trade in your older version and take your new Mercedes SL M Sport off the showroom floor, and back on a road.

Making car really “sleek”

The signature, flat deck six cylinder drivebox is matched by a small rear suspension. The hand-built engine is not direct-injected like some rivals but still manages an impressive 61 bhp.

The engine’s twin exhausts enable a quick and cool swap from straight-line power and curb appeal, straight down to exhilarating overboost power in cornering and daily driving.

The M Sport package includes the mountain climb mode which protects engine and suspension in the worst case scenarios, that’s unless you are really, really happy with a six cylinder looking more like it’s at risk of being stomped on by your selfish foot.

This $59,800 machine actually shares a design inspiration with the already excellent Mercedes E-Class. In the limited production run, if you want to get your hands on the real deal (albeit in a more hefty premium package), then it will set you back a cool $125,000.

Design precedent

Never being one to shy away from a challenge, the SL’s designers went all out with the Grand Sport version of this gorgeous beast. With 60 bhp and a limited 500 unitized supply, this entry-level model which lets the designers show off this lustrous new design direction.

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