Marbella, a beautiful town in Mediterranean region, is the place where the 2013 Mercedes SL550 Convertible will be tested. The retractable hardtop was packed away and its 4.7 liter V8 is getting the job done for the SL550. The SL was launched in 2003 but it is always part of the list of great cars. It is competing against the rival BMW 6 and Porsche 911. Some say that the one coming from Mercedes is a juvenile but it didn’t stop the manufacturer to create a two-seater convertible. Every part of the Convertible 2013 Mercedes SL550 is new even its shape and proportions. This is the only time that the Sporty Lightweight or what has been known as SL is a priority. Every inch of the body is made from aluminum. It has replaced the steel body therefore leading to 309 pound less. Overall the weight of the curb is only close to 4000 pounds.
The loss in weight is noticeable for the driver. This Convertible 2013 Mercedes SL550 is much lighter. The top down structure is said to be much stronger. It feels like a closed coupe if you are planning to use the top down roof. Mercedes also add power to the convertible. The previous engine was replaced by the 4.7 liter V8 engine that emits 429 hp. The engine is a twin turbo and a direct fuel injection. Some are scared about the word turbo and worry that it will affect the torque.
The torque rating of the Convertible 2013 Mercedes SL550 is about 516 lb ft with 1800 rpm. This has definitely put more power to the streets. The tires are about 285 mm in width and battling for traction. In terms of acceleration, Mercedes is saying that it will go from 0 to 60 mph in just about 4.5 seconds. The top speed for this is only limited to 130 mph. Mercedes also equipped the car with 7G tronic which is very responsive. It is geared perfectly to match the revs.
The SL550 has improved the fuel consumption because of the stop and the start system. For the styling, the car is leaning more on the masculine type instead of classic. The silhouette is still the same with the 2003 one; however, it appears to be much larger. The seats are wide enough. It is also heated and can be adjusted in different ways. You can also put a big gulp cup on the middle. According to the manufacturer, this is the safest convertible ever with standard features like the rollover bars a pillar made from both aluminum and steel and other safety system. Definitely this SL550 from Mercedes has an improved comfort, safety and performance. It also has an increase in efficiency. Consumers will be swooning at the convertible SL550 this month.