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2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster Gets Upgraded With More Power, 9-Speed Auto

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Mercedes-AMG SL, R 231, 2015

Premium German automaker Mercedes-Benz has given the Mercedes SL roadster a mid-cycle refresh and used the 2015 LA Auto Show to show off the improved sports car.

Cosmetically, the 2017 SL Roadster is now more in line with the rest of Mercedes-Benz’s sports car lineup, particularly the AMG GT, featuring a large diamond grille, AMG-GT-inspired LED headlight design, and a restyled front bumper incorporating large air intakes.

The taillights have also been redesigned and now have all-red graphics, as have been the large diffuser and chrome exhaust pipes.

Inside, the upgraded SL Roadster features a bigger display on the center console for Mercedes-Benz’s latest COMAND infotainment system, a new watch on the dashboard, carbon fiber trim elements (AMG models), and a new controller that lets the driver choose between five different driving modes: Individual, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Race.

The revisions inside and out of the SL Roadster are complimented by “more powerful engines” linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission, with the entry-level SL450 (SL400 in Europe) boasting a V6 that has been uprated to produce 362 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. (500 Nm) of torque.

The mid-level SL550 continues on with the previous 4.7-liter V8 rated at 449 horsepower, while the AMG-tuned SL63 cranks out 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft. (900 Nm) of twist from a 5.5-liter V8.

Finally, the range-topping SL65 AMG is still powered by a beastly 6.0-liter V12 engine that puts to the ground 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft. (1,000 Nm) of torque.

The active suspension system has been upgraded with a new ‘Curve’ mode that lets the SL lean into corners, reducing the effects of lateral acceleration on occupants. The system automatically lowers the sports car by more than a half inch at high speeds and lifts it by almost two inches when driving on poor surfaces.

Are you pleased with the updates the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster brings to market? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder Drops Its Top For Summer

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Green Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder has been revealed just in time for summer.

The convertible version of the Huracán EVO features the same upgrades as the coupe, including a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that delivers 640 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, a vehicle dynamic control system, and aerodynamic enhancements.

More than 250 pounds heavier than the coupe, the Huracán EVO Spyder is only 0.2 seconds slower to 62 mph (100 km/h) with a sprint of 3.1 seconds and has a top speed of 202 mph (325 km/h). It boasts the new Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale 2.0 system, which offers “next-generation vehicle dynamic control” by utilizing a set of accelerators and gyroscope sensors located in the car’s crenter of gravity to monitor real-time lateral, longitudinal and vertical accelerations, as well as roll, pitch and yaw rate.

Both the coupe and Spyder also feature rear-wheel steering and four-wheel torque vectoring, taking advantage of the vehicle dynamic control system. Interestingly, the convertible Evo boasts five times as much downforce as the original Huracán Spyder despite having a soft top.

Exterior updates include a new front bumper with larger air intakes, a new exhaust system that’s placed higher in the rear bumper, and new 20” Aesir wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, while the interior houses a new 8.4” HMI touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Lamborghini Huracán EVO Spyder goes on sale in spring 2019 with a starting price of $287,400 in the United States.

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Mercedes-Benz SL Roadsters Get Grand Edition Treatment

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Mercedes SL Grand Edition Convertible

Unique exterior details and an enhanced interior are what you get with this posh luxury package.

The current Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has been around since 2013, and with a new model expected to arrive in 2021, Stuttgart has decided to give it a grand sendoff with the SL Grand Edition.

Available on the SL 450 and 550, the Grand Edition package includes a Graphite Grey exterior paint with high-gloss chrome and matte silver accents and exclusive AMG forged 10-spoke two-tone wheels with 19-inch rims up front and 20 inches out back.

Inside, both models are outfitted with the Mercedes-Benz’s ‘designo’ leather. The seats are adorned with Tundra Brown Pearl leather with diamond quilting and Golden Olive Pearl piping and have SL Grand Edition branding embroidered on the headrests.

The steering wheel is also covered by the premium leather, though the grip areas make due with perforated black Nappa leather instead.

Mercedes didn’t say how many SL Grand Edition models it will build, or how much each will cost, but deliveries begin sometime in 2020.

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Buick Cascada Convertible Is Dead After 2019, And It Likely Won’t Return

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2019 Buick Cascada Convertible, red

It was virtually invisible, so no one is going to miss it.

Buick has confirmed that the Cascada convertible will be discontinued after the 2019 model year, so act fast if you still want one.

Rumors of the Cascada’s demise began popping up in late 2018 when Opel — which was formerly owned by General Motors — announced plans to stop building its version of the car in Poland. The model had reached the end of its product life cycle, so many questioned its fate.

“The Cascada has played its role in the portfolio perfectly, outselling many other premium convertibles while bringing in [six of every 10] buyers from outside GM,” a Buick spokesperson told . Buick sold about 17,000 examples of the Cascada since adding the model to its portfolio for the 2016 model year, a measly figure that isn’t surprising considering the little advertising its received.

Production ends in the summer of 2019, and with Opel now owned by Peugeot and the convertible segment experiencing a perceptible decline all over the world, the odds of the Cascada being replaced in North America are slim to none.

The Cascada won’t be the only Buick to get the ax in 2019 — the LaCrosse full-size sedan will join it.

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