2003 MercedesBenz SL500 Road Test Car Reviews Car and Driver

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2003 Mercedes-Benz SL500

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Say you will about the cheese-block and frumpy two-tone paint of the outgoing Mercedes-Benz SL, it was no slave to For 13 years the R129, as Mercedes knew it, bucked changing to embody the company’s traditional of precision engineering, contemporary and restrained design. It was a silk on a rack of polyester pretenders.

And as the points its rectilinear nose the sunset, it’s reasonable to that the replacement, the R230, pioneers a new electrohydraulic brake (see sidebar) and has a folding whose choreography would with a Bolshoi number, emulate the pattern. Germans things to endure. The Brandenburg survived the Halifax bomber, for So shall the conservative SL stay its against the fashion onslaught of new droptops.

Or will it? Today’s plutocrats more than just dignified transportation, and Mercedes’ are lining up to give it to them. The 911 Cabrio offers more the BMW Z8 more exclusivity, the Jaguar XK8 has a coddling interior and classically lines, and the Lexus SC430 is avant-garde. The old SL may have been to be timeless executive wear, but the new SL to be this season’s sauciest

Just look at the way it flaunts in public. Mercedes’ stylists the wheelbase by 1.8 inches, widened the by about an inch, and shortened the to give it a road-inhaling stance. folded down the windshield to a rake and draped the aluminum in an alluring wedge over the big The scandalous curves are a magnet for and moved one young male to exclaim, Man, you must get all the

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Don’t be fooled. We don’t get the and the new SL, despite its gorgeous shape, to be only a halfhearted extrovert you take a closer look. For one the stylists seem to have hit the wall after penning the profile. The nose bears a four-sided corporate grille by a variant of the C-class Mr. Peanut-shaped — livened up somewhat a tighter waist (Mrs. But the real offenses in our eyes are the and fender vents, which cheap and gape ostentatiously. fashion crime did the last artfully subtle slots

More important, the new SL moves the needle only incrementally, than substantially, out on the road. the new car finds 60 mph a full 0.5 second than the last SL500 we ( C/D . December 1989), even its SOHC 302-hp, 24-valve V-8 20 horsepower less than old DOHC 32-valve V-8. And the power on the skidpad was a very 0.88 g, 0.06 g better the SL500 we tested in ’89. credit goes to the fitment of the Sport package, which side and rear fascia and 18-inch wheels wearing the Z-rated Michelin Pilot upsized to 285/40 in the back.

But the dividends to steering precision and communication from the revised haven’t fully accrued to the experience. The SL now enjoys more rack-and-pinion steering, but there’s too much cushion in the weights and too much old software left from the luxury-car department to the wheel as sharp as it could be. For if the SL were a true sports the steering would give you the the bad, and even the irrelevant This SL provides a brief summary.

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