2003 MercedesBenz SL500 Auto Review

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500

technology and evolutionary design

Schifsky on 08.01.2003

It was December 11, About nine months the outside world would lay on the new creation. I was one of only 20 journalists to Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, for a preview of future Mercedes We were ushered into a room, empty except for 10 parked in a semi-circle and covered by sheets. Our host for the evening was the of Mercedes-Benz, Prof. Jÿrgen He led us from car to car, uncovering and the finer points of each as he We listened attentively to his description of the nine; however, I had traveled round the world to see the 10th and car. Even though no had been released of this it was impossible to hide the shape of the sports car that lay beneath the wrap. Without any fanfare or production, Prof. Hubbert the cloak off to reveal possibly the beautiful Mercedes production car any of us had seen-the 2003 SL500.


The SL also features Mercedes-Benz Electronic Stability Program an active handling system to those fitted to Formula 1 Using sensors that steering input, wheel and lateral G-force, ESP keeps the car in its intended path when This reduces out-of-control especially on wet pavement. ESP also with the electronic braking during emergency swerving by alternately applying the brakes on the side and right side to the car. This all happens in so quickly that the event is before the driver even what has happened. Other systems include a rollover bar pops up within 3/10ths of a if the on-board sensors detect an accident is eminent. Occupants are protected by driver and passenger and knee airbags, along innovative head/thorax airbags safeguard occupants in the event of a impact.

The flowing lines of the exterior are to the interior where a mixture of and future are merged. The instrument with its four individually gauges done in the classic style melds seamlessly the door panels. Leg, and shoulder room have all increased over the previous This was made possible unlike the older car that was to have rear seats miniscule in size), the 2003 was a 2-seater from the start. leather upholstery surrounds who are coddled in heated, air conditioned and seats. These may be the most and comfortable seats available in any car especially during long

Like all up-level Mercedes, the SL is with the COMMAND system combines radio, CD player, system and cell phone one compact dash-mounted unit. the U.S. market misses out on the TV available in Europe, one trick to the SL is the optional Keyless Go system A credit card-sized card over the functions of the regular Providing the driver has the card in a or purse, they need touch one of the door handles or the handle to unlock the car. inside, the driver touches a pad on top of the shift lever to start the

Climbing behind the wheel and the road in the SL is almost magical. Due to the construction of the roof, interior is minimal when the roof is up to convertibles with fabric With the top folded away, noise and buffeting are negligible. Hit a mountain road, and the SL comes Steering is precise, while the abilities will quicken the of even the most skilled There are no aftertastes left by the nanny controls as they you carve through the corners you even being aware they’re working. Step on the accelerator and the V-8 roars to life, its exhaust note rumbling a tune. This combination of quietness and roadster performance the SL500 one of the world’s best machines built today.

How much for all this luxury? The base price is $85,990, to just under $84,000 for the model. Options include cruise control ($2,950), roof ($1,800), Bi-Xenon ($900), Parktronic ($1,035), package ($5,100), and tire monitoring system ($630). Add in the trim ($840) and comfort ($1,520), and the price for a fully SL500 comes in at $102,600, or $5,500 more than a equipped 2001 model.

If garage already contains the luxury sedan and premium SUV and seeking a new sports car, the SL500 should be at the top of your As the couple’s perfect weekend the SL combines class-leading technology, and luxury all wrapped in sleek, bodywork. Look up roadster in the and you’ll find a picture of the SL500. (www.mbusa.com)

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