2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550
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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550

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The sale in Mercedes that sale is supposed to mean sport lightweight. It's the car hasn't -- since the last time Nixon had a bright future but where is this the sixth generation it's come back somewhat to those routes. And watered them generously -- advanced technology. Let's drive the 2013 SL 550 and check that. Three inches longer two inches wider and with more massive lines and a -- face -- -- twelve model. This is to -- on it not so much a pretty car has an impressive -- Maybe it's the Mars red color but this year's SL got more looks than any previous year I can recall exposing the public to an average -- thirteen Mercedes has. -- -- the -- of the SL got a lot of this throwback stuff -- these big round nozzles around the vehicle but the key is always the same here in the center stack. And that is the Mercedes command system which today is looking like -- -- a small screen it's kind of the bulk of its class. Navigation has always been really well rendered by Mercedes you can also go full screen which helps a lot with -- is relatively diminutive display. At that sort of setting it's actually not bad. And bless that little German -- for not making me jump through hoops and navigate the map the way BMW does have grabbed the controller. Kick -- around the direction you wanna go for -- effort media a lot of -- to choose -- -- -- FM radio with HD radio of course satellite radio. Six CD changer right here in the dash memory card means SD card right here you can use that music register as a hard drive yet ten gigabytes of the eighty gigabyte navigation drive available to -- idiots -- USB storage is here in the console I've got to stick in there now. The media interface is this proprietary cable which in this configuration has an Apple connector as well. As a female aux pig tail right above the USB. They can make that a little simpler to be honest at a -- Bluetooth audio for streaming and I showed in the -- we also have Bluetooth hands free calling of course phone book downloaded all the bells and whistles around Mac. I want the output side bearing interest in this car comes base with a five -- -- -- -- carton logic seven surround system and the subs are fascinating. There are two new subs. Built into the frame of the car. Right about the firewall out there somewhere just -- the format -- and the bass in this car really is remarkable. Which is quite a trick in an open car that -- all across this -- further major phone technology can play dvds that's what's under video -- only when you're -- obviously but look at the the little globe icon when you press that you -- outrageously. A -- inform you have to do a form literally -- your name. Address and email address so Google will let you -- forward to use -- apps you have Google local search. Silly news headlines -- -- -- on some other better device here's Yelp restaurant reviews that's interesting downloading. -- -- that scares me. The Google local search is interesting is that lets you both enter -- address obviously and then navigate to it. But most importantly it also gives you street view when you can around but notice we don't have the Google Earth view for navigation the way you know desk talking about -- Not the great irony. This works one you're moving -- that car product tablets and even if it was wanted it to your small. A related to this but different is the embrace app you can put on your Smartphone that lets you have a relationship between the phone and the car. Locate the call -- lock and unlock the doors not nearly as sexy is this but possibly a lot more useful. San Francisco. Restarting to the era where voice command is getting more natural in vehicles in other words a little closer to what your phone does for 11000 the price. -- do you want to -- her house number what you want to start route guidance. Spouse number. We think the house number. 235. House number 23. -- except -- if you want to start route guidance. Yet. Starting group guidance. And also notice it was very quick on the uptake to process what I said this is a really good voice commands it. Now the -- -- NASA always been a wonder of engineering we have the active seats in this cars race you -- -- the bolsters kinda do this to hold you in place. It's kind of spooky I find -- kind of annoying but a lot of folks lot of lots of comfort controls here are three levels of heat on this button three levels of ventilation. Back here is the air scarf button. That's this guy right over here. This is -- -- It really works well he really go with air flow coming over the top of the car it doesn't come down here and steal the warm air wonderful engineering. -- this is -- dirty got massage seats with 1234. Levels of what ever it is they do from -- -- that fast and vigorous. I don't think children should write this car. You've never seen a glass roof like this normally you've got -- people back and forth to make this legal ways you can -- On this one XI control button right here on the root console. And it lightens up electrical -- that's pretty cool. In fact it's also cool we have a retractable. With a big glass panel that also amazing especially since this is I believe -- the fastest convertible top. Retractable at least. But at this thing it's a miracle of engineering. It does settle back in as it does this multi panel clam shell going to take up a paramedic your trunk space but look how quick that was that was sixteen seconds. A notice what's missing here -- -- windshield -- -- nozzles instead there are laser drilled spray nozzles of the windshield wiper assembly. The stuff actually ends up on the glass and not mostly over your real. On the car behind you -- Now under the engine bay -- -- with a -- -- interpretation. This baby SL 550 but it's not a five point five liter five liter engine. Today's modern technology gives it power out of -- four point six liter V8. It has direct injection you can hear that. Multi market buyers would spark plug several times per combustion cycle both of these -- -- forced by their own Turbo charger. Want Burbank. All of this adds up to it that does more than even some horsepower impressive but the -- that we. Number 560. Foot -- That's a lot for a car that. Wait 1000 pounds now it's mostly in construction of these days and that they save them that are -- to get it down to ten times on the boat. Dare to think about. -- -- And do everything. Or you -- to -- they have respect. All -- power goes out to a one choice only seven speed automatic. Let's -- for Iraq. It's like shedding. The last year's model until it hit me hard it is not a sports -- That's zero to 64 to have second is impressive but the power comes on in big globs. In all the SL 556. -- and exceeds at what it aims to do you. Which is to be a personal luxury statement and an exceptionally comfortable car with a sporting. -- -- -- An SL 550 isn't that speak on this thing -- that a 106 now the good news is it's really well equipped most of the technology -- -- cabin is part of the base -- One you have to at all a carte though is that kind of frustrating -- Apps suite that's fourteen dollars a month and interesting new pricing model for the auto industry for any kind of options. And the one. -- have to get 2500 dollars but the magic sky control -- -- --

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