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Car review: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 at a glance

July 12, 2012

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550

Base price: $106,405 (including destination charge)

Price tested: $124,935

Powertrain: 4.6-liter, DOHC twin-turbocharged V-8 engine; seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Sport and Manual mode

Horsepower: 429 at 5,250 rpm

Torque: 516 pound-feet at 1,800-3,500 rpm

0-60: 4.5 seconds

Curb weight: 3,947 pounds

Wheelbase: 101.8 inches

Overall length: 181.8 inches

EPA fuel economy: 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway

Observed fuel economy: 23 mpg in mostly highway driving

Final thoughts: Looks good only when it's hitting you

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