Mercedes-Benz is an expert in launching and refreshing its repertory every once in a while. This German brand holds the title of “repertories master” because it deserves it. It has every kind of cars in almost every segment, developing them with fantastic build quality, handling, and superior performance. Anytime soon is going to fall the next Mercedes style refreshment. Is imminent. The trends’ and the customers’ needs ask for it. The 2016 SL550 Mille Miglia 417 is probably the last model of a more extroverted SL-class. We can feel the winds of changes in the SL-class models. A restyling is about to fall. This special edition is based on a previously-produced vehicle, of course, with an aggressive stance and tons additional of features.
One of the highlights in this car is, with no doubts, the performance. It hasn’t nothing to envy from an AMG (respecting the gap). The rebel Mille Miglia 417 is also a stylish derived of the SL-class family, showing Designo Magno Night Black matte paint and AMG wheels, plus lines with red accents, delivering a violent and sporty look. This car will be exclusive and just a few lucky users will have one because, by the end of production, the vehicle will only have 400 units made. An interesting fact about this car is that was built as a tribute of the 300 SL that won its class at the Mille Miglia race in 1955.
Let’s review this German rebel.
Powertrain and Performance
The SL550 Mille Miglia 417 packs a twin-turbocharged intercooled DOHC 32-Valve 4.7 L V8 with aluminum block and heads and direct fuel injection, delivering enough power to develop up to 429 hp at 5250 rpm and 516 lb-ft of torque at 1800 rpm. This engine will be paired with a 7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode. The acceleration is something to highlight, marking time from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and a top speed that goes up to 155 mph (electronically governed) with features as Dynamic Stability Management and adaptive damping.
The experts mentioned the impressiveness the SL’s directional stability and steering precision. But flanks are evident, like the sound of the foot off the throttle, delivering a note not exactly as fiery as an AMG. Also, they report that the seven-speed automatic feels lazy.
Design Line and Interior
Aesthetically, the SL550 Mille Miglia 417 is an SL painted in night black Magno matte paint finish with red accents on the car’s front and rear spoilers, brake calipers, and AMG wheels. The huge grille features a massive star in the middle while the rest of the front end has oval LED headlights with a modern design and a nice and well-designed LED fog lights. The side panels are simple but stylish, with air intakes along with the Mille Miglia red accent. The rear has the same stop lights designed and developed a while ago by Mercedes Benz.
The interior was given the same concept of the exterior: black with red accents over almost anything and AMG Line sports seats with carbon-finish leather and red trims. The steering wheel is also decorated with carbon fiber and red trims and accents. The carbon fiber and black leather highlight this German car.
The Bottom Line
This supercar by Mercedes-Benz is well proportionate with performance, style, and comfort. It has its flanks and highlights but definitely if you are one of the 400 lucky customers, this is an incredible acquisition with the greatness of the Mille Miglia 417 on it.
Starting price at $US120.000.