2013 MercedesBenz SL Roadster at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show…

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster at the Detroit Auto Show

The Mercedes-Benz SL offers more and sportiness, setting new standards for roadsters

by Jim Davis | 09 January

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is showing off their newly 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, as bold and aggressive as it did in the photos. The SL adopts several styling from the popular Mercedes If you have an opportunity, make you head to the Detroit Auto beginning January 14th. For of you that can’t make it, you have to wait long, the Mercedes SL is set to hit showrooms this

Compared with its successful the new Mercedes-Benz SL offers considerably comfort and sportiness, setting new in the luxury roadster class. to which is uncompromising day-to-day which turns the SL into an all-rounder among sports In short, anyone that about the new SL is bound to be talking the ultimate in passionate, refined

Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Cars: “There are around 900 cars in the world and thousands of But there are only a handful of icons. Our SL is one of them: it has class, it has it is the ultimate in comfort and luxury. But it all that with incredible and dynamism. You would struggle to a car that embodies Gottlieb aspiration more perfectly our new SL: the best or nothing.”

Lighter and rigid: sophisticated all-aluminium


The new-generation Mercedes-Benz SL takes the of the famous letters “SL” – lightweight – literally. Consistent reduction is one of the most outstanding characteristics in the new SL as was the case in its namesake, the SL of 1952 with its lightweight frame. For the first time has implemented an all-aluminium bodyshell in a model. Only very few consist of other materials. The use the even lighter magnesium for the behind the tank. High-strength tubing is integrated in the A-pillars for reasons.

The new aluminium bodyshell around 110 kilograms less it would using the steel from the predecessor. “The is rather as if a heavyweight-class passenger had got out of the says Dr Thomas Rudlaff, for the aluminium bodyshell at Mercedes-Benz. result is perceptible and measurable. weight means more and less consumption. In other the motoring enjoyment increases, the burden sinks.”

The aluminium structure is not only but also proves superior to the steel construction in terms of safety and comfort. This is thanks, among other to its intelligent lightweight construction components optimised for their task. Thus, diverse

are used to make different of aluminium depending on the use the component is to be the parts are made by chill or vacuum …-casting, worked extruded aluminium sections or aluminium panels of different The result: high rigidity, safety levels and better characteristics.

Although the new SL is even comfortable and has more assistance on-board than its predecessor and does actually sacrifice of the weight saved through the bodyshell, the scales show astonishing figures: the new SL 500 (1.785 kg) around 125 kilograms less its predecessor. On balance, the SL 350 (1.685 kg) is 140 kilograms lighter – all thanks to a of other intelligent enhanced to reduce weight, which has also implemented in the new SL in addition to the bodyshell.

Driving pleasure: powerful engines and agile

Powerful while accelerating, superior across all speeds, on winding roads – the new SL provides driving pleasure. Apart the powerful engines, the sportily yet comfortable suspension, which boasts intelligent lightweight proves outstanding. For instance, the knuckles and spring links on the axle are also made out of to reduce the unsprung masses. The also applies to virtually all the location components on the rear

The new SL is available with two different systems: the SL features semi-active damping as standard. The optional suspension system ABC (Active Control) is available as an alternative.

suspension variants are combined a new electromechanical Direct-Steer system speed-sensitive power steering and a that can be varied across the wheel angle. This excellent straight-line stability therefore, a high degree of when travelling at motorway and makes the SL very agile. It reduces the amount of steering when parking and manoeuvring.

The new V8 in the SL 500 320 kW (435 hp) from its displacement of cc and thus around 12 percent than its predecessor despite 0.8 litres less displacement. The consumption has been reduced by up to 22 At the same time, the torque has from 530 Nm to 700 Nm – a gain of 32 percent. the displacement remains the same at cc, the new V6 engine in the new SL 350 develops 225 kW (306 hp) and 370 Nm of torque. It uses just 6.8 of fuel per 100 kilometres, making it 30 percent more economical its predecessor. Both engine come with a standard-fit ECO function. The 7G-TRONIC PLUS transmission, which has been in relation to fuel consumption and also contributes to the exemplary, low consumption. The fuel economy of the engines takes nothing from the roadster’s raciness. the contrary: the SL 350 accelerates from 0 to 100 in 5.9 seconds, making it three of a second faster than its The SL 500 takes just 4.6 seconds – tenths less than the SL 500.

Interior: aesthetic, stylish,

The new SL combines its aesthetically honed which follows the Mercedes-Benz with a luxurious feel. materials, perfectly finished great attention to detail, the style and character of the interior.

with its predecessor, the new generation of the SL is longer 4612 mm (+50 mm) and 1877 mm (+57 mm), more room for more in the interior, too. Shoulder (+37 mm) and elbow room mm) have been increased, the dimensions normally found in vehicle class. Clear create a formally coherent space within this interior. Generously used trim extends from the console across the dashboard the doors, creating a pleasant effect. Three types of along with two different trim finishes are available. in tune with the roadster’s it combines the unpretentious atmosphere of a sports car with a comfortable, ambience one comes to expect in a touring car.

Design: SL proportions

The designers have the latest generation of the SL unmistakably to on the basis of tradition but added new and visions. The result is a stylishly and elegant luxury sports car the classic hallmark SL balanced the long bonnet gives way to a passenger compartment that is set back. A wide, powerful end giving the impression of raciness the finishing touch. A handful of styled lines define the sculpted and yet calm surfaces of the Finely worked details, a rear end as well as ventilation with chromed fins the dynamic traditional Mercedes-Benz heritage visually emphasise the SL

An upright classic sports car grille clearly marks out the new SL as a prestigious member of the current sports car family. The centrally star is a contemporary reinterpretation of the trademark, which now extends the centre section with its flowing contours.

Dynamically headlamps set well to the outside the striking front end and give the new its own unmistakable face. The headlamps as standard with the Intelligent System (ILS). With different lighting functions are tailored to typical driving and conditions, and are activated depending on the situation, they offer the a much better illuminated of vision. The striking sidelights and the strip of the daytime running in the far ends of the bumper feature LED

Vario-roof: MAGIC SKY CONTROL as an

The sixth generation of the SL also a vario-roof that can be retracted the boot using an electrohydraulic to save space, which the SL in a few seconds into a roadster or a depending on the driver’s wishes and the Unlike its predecessor, three are available for the new SL: painted, with roof or with the unique vario-roof with MAGIC SKY The transparent roof switches to or dark at the push of a button. light it is virtually transparent, an open-air experience even in weather. In its dark state the provides welcome shade and the interior from heating up in sunlight. The frame of the three versions is made of magnesium, the roofs around six kilograms than the roof on the predecessor, providing a lower centre of for the vehicle and, in turn, agility.

The engineers have the operating mechanism for the roof and lid. It now takes less 20 seconds to open or close the completely.

Aerodynamics: new standards

The of the new SL not only meets high demands but it also boasts aerodynamic qualities.As such, the merits best marks in its in four important disciplines:

With the lowest drag (cd = 0.27 in the SL 350);

With the wind noise that is on a par with a closed saloon;

the best comfort for open-top so that you can still have

the down even at high

With virtually no accumulation of on the side windows.

Two world Frontbass and MAGIC VISION

With two innovations, the new SL remains to its tradition as technological trendsetter:

VISION CONTROL is a new, and highly efficient wipe/wash The innovative wiper blade always applies the washer just in front of the wiper lip via the channels integrated into the – in both directions of wipe. As a no water is splashed onto the during spraying to disrupt the visibility, while at the same cleaning the windscreen perfectly. The also remains on the windscreen, ensuring it is cleaned without the occupants, even with the down. For the first time a heated wiper blade is as an option that prevents or ice from forming on the blade in This heating function allows warm water to be directly onto the windscreen for the time, even in cold

The likewise unique Frontbass intelligently uses the free in the aluminium structures in front of the as resonance spaces for the bass As a result the new SL features clear, bass sounds that possible a concert hall even with the top down, and up space in the doors.

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Both are part of the extensive standard of the new SL.

HANDS-FREE ACCESS: ‘kick’ to

The HANDS-FREE ACCESS system is Mercedes-Benz innovation which hands-free, contactless operation of the lid. The driver simply their foot in the vicinity of the bumper. Mercedes-Benz is the only car to offer a system which not automatically opens the boot lid but it as well.

The safest roadster

to the crash-optimised aluminium structure, PRE-SAFE® and assistance systems on the high level as the S-Class, the SL is the safest roadster. The rigid bodyshell forms a sturdy compartment along with defined deformation zones in the and rear ends. In the event of the overturning, A-pillars made out of a mix of and aluminium and two roll-over bars the passenger compartment. The restraint including the two-stage driver and passenger airbags have further developed. A headbag covers the side head-impact An additional thorax airbag in the backrest can protect the upper in the event of a side impact. new feature is the crash-responsive NECK-PRO restraints developed by Mercedes-Benz are fitted as standard in the SL. An active and a front end with a large, impact area help pedestrian protection.

A safety highlight is the unrivalled occupant protection system developed by Mercedes-Benz which is as standard. If the system detects a risk of an accident, it reflexively precautionary protective measures for the occupants, so that the seat and airbags are able to fulfil protective function to the full an impact.

Additional post-crash supplement the integral safety and facilitate rapid assistance: of the severity of the impact, the doors can be unlocked after an accident, the lighting activated and the side lowered by 50 millimetres to ventilate the more effectively. The steering can also be moved upwards.

ATTENTION ASSIST AND ADAPTIVE

In the new SL too, a unique combination of assistance systems helps accidents. These include the drowsiness detection system ASSIST and the ADAPTIVE BRAKE. The features ABS, acceleration control (ASR) and active yaw and offers comfort and convenience in addition to safety functions.

The BRAKE works in conjunction the equally adaptive brake In emergency braking situations, it vehicles behind with brake lights.

PRE-SAFE® autonomous partial and emergency in response to a serious risk of a collision

As an option DISTRONIC proximity control and PRE-SAFE® which is already well in other Mercedes-Benz models, are Both work on the basis of the radar sensors. Once a risk of a rear-end collision is the PRE-SAFE® Brake warns the initially and can initiate autonomous if the driver fails to react, and so prevent the accident or at least its severity. PRE-SAFE® can also occupant protection measures.

Parking Assist: automatically into a parking space

The Active Parking Assist is new in the SL. ultrasound sensors it can identify spaces and automatically steer the into the space while

Infotainment: COMAND with access

Even in the entry-level the new Mercedes-Benz SL comes with the Management and Data System” Functionality includes Bluetooth along with simpler of the car phone. COMAND Online internet access and DVD changer is available as an option. It provides web browsing while the vehicle is along with high-speed to a Mercedes-Benz online service – for requesting a weather report or a destination search. There is the option of sending individual and routes via Google Maps to the For the first time, Mercedes-Benz is offering new apps for the new SL: in addition to a news app and a Facebook app, are optional Mercedes-Benz apps for prices and a car park finder. A app to look for restaurants is available for the US

Both COMAND versions a high-resolution TFT colour display 17.8 cm diagonal (800 x 480 at the side next to the instrument This screen arrangement the driver from being as far as possible.

Orders for the new SL commenced on 15 2011. The prices including 19% VAT are as

SL 350 BlueEFFICIENCY: 93,534.00 euros

SL 500 117,096.00 euros

To coincide the launch of the new SL, Mercedes-Benz will be offering a special-edition model, the 1″, for a limited period. The “Edition 1″ is equipped and comes as standard a panoramic vario-roof, AMG bodystyling, suspension, AMG 19-inch light-alloy designo nappa leather contrasting topstitching, AIRSCARF, seats, electric draught-stop, lighting and Harman/Kardon® Logic7® sound system and much The designo crystal silver special paintwork is available for the “Edition 1″, along with in wave or deep white Depending on the basic model, the charge is between 19,028.10 and 22,598.10 euros.

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