MercedesBenz SL (R230)

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Mercedes-Benz R230

Mercedes SL-class (R230)

T he segment for luxurious roadster/coupe is but profit margin is unusually For decades, it has been dominated by SL, which was never seriously by challengers such as Jaguar BMW 8-series, Cadillac Allante and Jaguar XK8 and Lexus SC430. The SL was so dominating that it lived for 12 without major makeover, that period some cars were sold It is amazing that many car still regard the 12-year-old SL than the 4-year-old Jaguar its closest challenger to date.

such background, undoubtedly, the new SL will enter a class of its First of all, its … can blow the oppositions away in the round of beauty contest. Its profile evolves from the model, featuring similar trademark grilles and side air but all surfaces and corners are polished to and sleeker. Windscreen and rear are more steeply raked so it feels more sporty. The of low shoulder line — as to recent trend — it look smarter and cleaner others, especially facing SC430. British designer Mattin has done a good job

Like the old car, it looks but not really so. Measuring at 4535mm, it is 19mm longer than the and a massive 225mm shorter Jaguar XK8. Structurally, change to the chassis is the adoption of retractable hard top. are proud to announce that the mechanism takes a world-record 16 to fold the aluminium roof the boot, some 9 seconds than SLK and 4 sec faster than SC430. Moreover, the rear is automatically detached from frames and stored independently to advantage of its curvature in order to luggage space. As a result, volume is a remarkable 265 litres the roof is down. Roof up, increase to 290 litres.

One of the weakness of the old SL was overweight. Therefore the new SL aluminium in bonnet, boot front wings and doors, and inner door shells its CL cousin. And we have already the aluminium retractable roof. structure and more usage of steel result in 20% increase of rigidity. Despite of this, the new tips the scale at 1770kg (or according to EU calculating method), 45kg lighter than the old Aerodynamics is another area of — drag coefficient 0.29 and 0.34 for roof up and respectively. The old car’s were and 0.43.

While the all-alloy, 5-litre V8 and the mandatory 5-speed are unchanged, they take of the lighter kerb weight to stronger performance — we are about 0-60 in 6.0 seconds and a 155mph. If not enough, you can choose the AMG whose supercharged V8 pumps out 476 It should do 0-60 in a supercar-rivaling 4.5 Nevertheless, as the beauty of SL is always motoring, I think 306 horsepower is adequate. The V8 is strong, creamy yet economical for its kind (thanks to cylinder cut-off at light Who needs V12 or supercharger.

I can’t think of any roadsters or more relaxing to drive. Its is so refined, gearshift is so seamless, is so free of NVH, steering is so of kickback, ride is so compliant, so that you might think you are a long-wheelbase S-class. Look at the and you’ll know why: are made of aluminium to reduce weight; the adoption of active control (ABC) allows setup without ruining The cabin also plays an role in relaxed motoring sit on the comfortable and all-adjustable seats massager and cooling, face the Alfa-like radical dashboard is made of far higher quality any post-1996 Mercedes, press a and 16 seconds later you are enjoying air and sunshine.

Mercedes-Benz R230

But … the first corner and know this Mercedes is a sports car simultaneously. Whenever senses hard cornering (or you can it manually as well), the active control enters sports firming up the hydraulic-aided springs at suspension and limiting body in cornering. For example, at certain when the old SL rolls 7, the new car is limited to 2.5. The changeover from to sport mode is fluent you won’t aware the transition

You must also notice 3 new features that sharpen the of SL: 1) the front suspensions has been from struts to 4-link to camber control, hence grip and agility; 2) like it employs rack-and-pinion steering of the ancient recirculating-ball design. with a quick steering which takes just 2.6 from lock to lock, the is now more precise and responsive; 3) the SL the world’s first brake-by-wire (SBC or Sensontronic Brake which uses electronics to brakes rather than hydraulic linkage between and brakes. By doing so, computer can different brake pressure to wheels, maximizing the performance of ESP yaw Until now, ESP can just individual wheels to brake or less frequently but unable to braking force. No wonder the new feel so powerful.

There are some foolish saying the SL not a real driver’s car of light steering and incapable of Forget that. The SL is not designed to on Ferrari Maranello or Porsche If it were so, it would not have so comfortable and enjoyable. However, if you let me between 911 Carrera and SL500 as my car, I think I would the latter. It is simply more to own and to enjoy everyday. After the new SL’s mission is to continue its of the luxurious roadster/coupe market. It that cleanly, and extend its further. It sends Jaguar to the second division, and relegates SC430 to the third division. Its position is guaranteed until, the next generation SL come.

The above report was last on 18 Oct 2001 . All Rights Reserved.


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