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Overdrives: 2013 Mercedes SL in West Boylston

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  August 31, 2012 12:17 PM

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West Boylston borders the Wachusett Reservoir, just 15 minutes north of Worcester and about an hour from Boston. It's a town next to many other towns that we hardly cover in the Globe or on, save for the occasional Home of the Week.

That's exactly the reason I drove out there for a photo shoot, with my fuzzy friend Jack, in the 2013 Mercedes SL550. Summer may be fading in New England, but so have the humidity and thunderstorms. That makes the season ripe for convertibles like the SL, which come prepared for cool September nights with heated, massaging seats and the "Air Scarf," which blows hot air on your neck from under the two headrests. Combine that with a 429-horsepower V8, semi-decent fuel economy (24 mpg), and a folding hardtop with a dimming glass roof, and you'll feel relaxed enough to drive to Canada.

That's where I'm headed next.

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