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2013 Mercedes SL550 [w/video]

The Official Car Of Beverly Hills Gets A Dramatic Rework Generally speaking, I'm a pretty measured sort of guy. But when it comes to convertibles, I'm a bit of a lunatic. I've been known to motor with the top down in all conditions – including light rain and snow – much to the bewilderment of other drivers (and quite often the chagrin of my passengers). For the most part, it doesn't matter if I'm driving in a bare-bones roadster or a lux-lined GT. Thankfully for my hapless guests, however, advances in technology have done much to assuage discomfort in poor weather. These day... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
4.7L Biturbo V8
Power:
429 HP / 516 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$106,375 base
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