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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Sports a Spectacular New Front End

The GT has a steeply raked radiator grille inspired by the 300SL Panamericana racer of the 1950s…

First appearing in 1952 as a racecar, the evergreen Mercedes-Benz SL (mbusa.com) arrives for 2016 as an athletic GT with a folding metal top that retracts into the trunk. That feature isn’t new, but the front-end design is: It includes a steeply raked radiator grille inspired by the 300SL Panamericana racer of the 1950s, as well as a reshaped hood, bumper, and LED headlamps. Of the four variants, the two Mercedes-AMG models—the SL63 (shown, starting at about $151,000) and SL65 (starting at about $220,000)—deliver the sportiest performance. The SL63 is powered by a 577 hp V-8, the SL65 by a 621 hp V-12. 

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