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The V12 is more attuned to cruising along Sunset Boulevard than being pined along the twisting mountain roads on top of the San Gabriel Mountains, but it's shockingly fast and thirsty from the get-go.
The seven-speed transmission slurs changes positively, with manual steering-wheel paddles which the system will over-ride if it senses a downchange would be better or there is a risk of over-revving.
Design-wise, the main addition to the new car is the corporate grille, which from some angles gives a purposeful mien, and from others looks like a hideous cowcatcher.
New lamps, bonnet divots, and bumps and vents in the coachwork flanks tick all schporty boxes, while verging on the slightly fussy.
It means that the last remaining Merc soft-top is the CLK cabriolet (with an honourable mention for the G-Wagen cabrio) and I think that's a shame.
The SL350 and 500 get the excellent Mercedes seven-speed transmission and the SL600 a five-speed unit, although with 612lb ft of torque it could probably manage without four of those.