The new Mercedes-Benz SL: The legend lives on
The renowned Mercedes-Benz SL is set to maintain its legendary status more than 60 years after it first appeared with the arrival of a sensational new version next spring.
With its motorsport roots, the model has built an iconic reputation since its debut in 1952 and subsequent road-going variants have enthralled drivers ever since. Boasting a stunning new appearance, more powerful engines and a raft of significantly enhanced technical advances, the latest generation SL will be no exception and looks destined to take the roadster’s reputation to even greater heights.
For many, the letters SL have become synonymous in representing the ultimate sports car experience but they do have meaning and never more so than now. The abbreviation for ‘Super Light’ is perfectly apt for the new SL, which is the first large-scale series production model to be built with an all-aluminium bodyshell. Weighing around 110kg less than if it had been produced using steel, this intelligent lightweight construction offers weight savings together with improved rigidity and safety.
But whilst Mercedes-Benz has cut back on the weight of its celebrated convertible, it certainly hasn’t done so on the specification as the new SL is packed with luxury features and driver aids.
Highlights include Active Body Control with curve tilting function, which adjusts the suspension according to driving style or road conditions to ensure passenger comfort is never compromised.
Connectivity is taken to new heights via the availability of Mercedes me connect services. Amongst the functions is the emergency call system that automatically relays the location of the vehicle to Mercedes-Benz’s rescue operations centre in the event of an accident. The package even provides SL owners with the option of linking to their car from their PC or smartphone remotely to check on its status, for example, whether it is locked or how much fuel is onboard.
The more powerful SL range will comprise of the SL 400 with V6 engine uprated to 367 hp and 500 Nm as well as the SL 500 boasting a 455 hp V8 engine – both mated as standard to the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. There are a pair of pulsating Mercedes-AMG options too in the guise of the SL 63 and SL 65, the latter scorching from 0-62mph in a mere four seconds thanks to its 630 hp V12 engine.
The sensational, new SL is expected to be unveiled in Mercedes-Benz Hertfordshire showrooms in April.
Contact our Hertfordshire retailers for more information:
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Stansted Road, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2BT, UK
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Gunnels Wood Road, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2BT, UK