Mercedes Benz SL roadster packs a few party tricks

10 Янв 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »
Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base

Mercedes Benz SL roadster a few party tricks


Here I am driving an all-new Benz SL roadster, and the thing most excited about is how the lid works. This suggests either I’m an even person than initial or Benz has done something wonderful with the operation of the new SL lid.

I’m going to for the latter. The company has finally the problem of how you load up when arms are full. As long as the key is in pocket, you just wave foot under the rear and “Open Sesame”.

It works in too; it can be closed just as and just as hands-free when

Now that may not be enough to make people part with but it’s much more a novelty (we’ll see it on many cars soon, one hopes), and are other virtues with Benz.

The SL has just moved into its generation, and has done so rather in what is claimed as its 60th year.

The new-for-2012 aluminium R231 model is more styled than its predecessor, lots of muscular vents, and crease-lines.

As before, it combines the of open top and closed motoring to a superbly engineered electric and it packs in a lot of the most advanced in the Benz armoury.

The SL has tended to be an styled (in most incarnations), way of saying you’ve arrived, and done so unburdened by children a pure two-seater). No change

The SL name has often been a though. It stands for “super but has been attached to some machines.

Since the lithe, pagoda-roof model of the 1960s, it has bulk with each

The trend has been countered to extent this time by the use of an body shell and widespread use of mechanical components.

That it’s longer and wider and tips the scales at a family 1685 kilograms.

The base that we drove is about less than the previous model but the prices climb and, if you try hard enough, you can half a mill on an SL.

The SL is often the Benz chooses to release new and safety equipment (it’s no the sporting flagship, but the lower-volume SLS AMG is designed as a more hard-edged

Lexus has lifted the game sound systems (at least in of standard equipment); Benz with Frontbass, which the hollow aluminium cavities in of the footwells as a big subwoofer. It’s not as a sound as the top Lexus system (to ears) but it sure is visceral.

The sound seems to be rising the very earth and totally the cabin even with the down. Just wonderful.

a 3.5-litre V6 might be considered on the side considering the imposing of the car, it works well.

is 225 kW, torque is 370 Nm. The rest-to-100 time is as a none-too-tardy 5.9 seconds.

The engine down at traffic lights and a few other tricks to deliver an fuel figure of 8.3 litres per 100 km. The is a conventional auto (seven-speed) and changes can be made via steering mounted paddles.

Few are as good as at maximising their return on an option. If the SL 350 isn’t enough, the SL 500, with a twin V8 developing 320 kW and a massive 700 Nm.

Thinking afresh, maybe a bargain. The SL 350 costs $1000 per kilowatt, while the 500 you those 320 kW for just $304,500. It save you about 1.3 seconds on the km/h sprint.

Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base

The SL is what was called a sports luxury car these days Benz and will sell you sedans go harder). This is reflected in the of use, light-ish controls and suspension (even in sport not going to shake your out).

Like most it is highly competent when hard, but you do notice the weight and long nose on a tight bit of

The interior is plush and well out, if not truly sumptuous have to move up through the range for that). The seats are a of art. The high positioning of the stalk takes a little used to. For the first little I hit the cruise control stalk by before turning.

The radar cruise control is as as any available and if I were choosing a car to I’d be happy (or as happy as you can be in a to place my trust in the myriad systems that start even before impact.

The may not win everyone over. It’s but not always elegant from angle, with a touch of the tail” syndrome that many metal roof The push-button roof takes 19 to open or close, an operation can be done while the car is moving as as it is not moving at much more walking pace. The boot varies depending on whether it is up or

For many, the V6 engine will up as a good match for the SL’s role as big comfortable cruiser for

Of course, there will be those who want more. To for them there is not only the SL 500 but a of AMG ultra-high performance variants.

The dearest, the SL 65 AMG, is $466,600 on-road costs.


(excluding on-road costs): (as tested, including AMG Sports $236,950)

Engine 3.5-litre V6

Power/torque 225kW/370Nm

Fuel (combined cycle): 8.3lt/100km

Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base


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