MercedesBenz SL 350 R230 motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz SL 350 R230 (February

Can a $230K sportscar be considered value? It can when it delivers Benz’s latest SL, but a little ‘fruit’ could sharpen the even more

Mercedes-Benz SL 350 — Road Test


Price as tested: (tyre pressure monitoring $370; protective undershield 19-inch AMG alloy wheels

CO2 emissions (g/km): 236

Also BMW M6 Convertible (more here ); XKR Convertible (more here ); 911 2 Cabriolet (more here ).

rating: 3.0/5.0


Price, Packaging and Practicality:

Safety: 3.5/5.0

Behind the 3.5/5.0

X-factor: 3.0/5.0

is the cheapest ticket to Mercedes-Benz’s SL roadster range offered Without the 2.8-litre V6 version elsewhere in the world, the 350 stands as the model SL starting at not much $233K.

For that, Aussie buyers get the full complement of luxury available from the brand, voice-activated satnav/audio system and go.

But more interesting might be the new SL 350 uses the reworked 3.5-litre V6 now ‘Sportmotor’ in Mercedes’ parlance rated at 232kW/360Nm; both up on the previous model’s output here ).

It’s also faster and more frugal, power on tap in various guises via clever auto. The 7G-Tronic is a good match to the V6 when to its own devices in C (comfort) mode, and is to downshift for corners and the like in S mode.

Even while for the majority of the time in the sports the SL 350 was relatively sparing, dropping to low 11s any need for pussyfooting. Low 10s or close to claimed 9.9L/100km aren’t to imagine if used conservatively as a driver.

The manual setting, operated via shift or steering wheel (not paddles as such and not a favourite) is smooth and quick, and the most of the engine’s response is somewhat lacking from off. However, the V6 happily to its 7000-odd rpm redline.

While its V8 get M-B’s Active Body suspension, the 350’s chassis a good balance of ride and handling from the coil (rather than air-suspension on level models) set-up. road surfaces are well and under cornering the roadster stay flat and agile, good natural grip. It has to bother its traction or stability on dry bitumen.

As you’d expect the SL with ventilated disc front and rear, which smooth, consistent and quiet after some spirited to the hills.

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The SL 350 has plenty of grip and super steering. The steering wheel’s most times but weights up off centre and despite the roadster’s (1825kg), handling remains and direct.

Bulky and loaded luxuries, its weight thwarts however. Added to that, to the V8 models there’s a lack of down low — which is manual mode and those levers come in handy.

with roadsters it’s not so about what’s inside as The SL has a quiet, quick (by accounts, 16sec) operating open-close for the trademark folding steel accessed via one-touch button. In instance M-B’s ‘vario-roof’ into a three-piece fold and is in the boot, reducing storage from 339 to 235 litres.

The recent heatwave down precluded the use of the standard-fit Airscarf but we know it from the SLK and it works a This and an embarrassment of other riches such as heated and seating come standard. All in the of pleasant open-top motoring.

The SL comes standard with a wind deflector, helping to cut turbulence. Closed or open, the SL is a ride betraying no creaks or shimmy.

Despite M-B’s pipe-wise it sounds… errr… like that. Not altogether which is what you want in an top. I’ve heard V6 sound better in other

Those familiar with the products know M-B offers a array of interior trim The test car featured soft leather in light brown probably not our pick of the palette. the SL’s cabin is usual star quality with all easy to hand and solid quality.

Remember, though, it’s a and doesn’t offer the convenience of the of BMW’s four-seat M6 Convertible. And it’s questionable to compare it to the Porsche’s new Carrera Cabrio at a very competitive c$222K four places, albeit at a squeeze.

The new SL has striking looks, on the brand’s latest hard-edged, lines. The bonnet sculpting soften it a little, and definitely the beautiful 50s SL. Maybe, because desperate…

The restyle has also the SL’s presence on the road. the previous model was too low-key for its and pricetag, the severity of M-B’s new direction makes this a turner.

In these tough times one probably try to get by without features massaging pews. In fact, half of the fat-cat goodies with the obtrusive first aid kit the passenger’s seat!) and the ‘cheapest’ SL would no doubt garner sales and fans. Delete anyone?

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