With AMG fully embedded into Mercedes-Benz, the automaker began turning out the fastest SL-Class cars in the history of the moniker. To cope with the added power, the SL became longer and wider than ever, and models were packed with technology. Numerous special-edition variants in addition to the standard range of cars made the coupe quite exclusive, while keeping the SL experience within relative reach of buyers at the lower trim levels.

At the other end of the SL spectrum was AMG, and the fifth-generation saw the sports car get absolutely crazy. Brandishing a twin-turbo V12, the SL 65 AMG Black Series would ultimately deliver 661 horsepower – enough to send the car to 60 mph in well under four seconds, provided there was traction.