MercedesBenz SL 500 2013: Road Test motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz SL 500 2013: Road

Mercedes’ SL nameplate has an illustrious so how does the latest in a long stack up?

Mercedes-Benz SL 500

Price (recommended price before delivery charges): $304,500


fitted to test car (not in above price): N/A

Crash N/A

Fuel: 98 RON PULP

Claimed economy (L/100km): 9.4

CO2 emissions 218

The Mercedes-Benz SL’s lineage is one of thoroughbred models. Over the the car has been sired by some of the names on Stuttgart’s staff, its on-track heritage is equally with the essence of the Nordschleife Le Mans and Carrera Panamericana through its veins.

The original SL was crowned sports car of the century.

So just how does the latest SL stack-up?

Firstly, it’s having shaved up to 140kg on variant) from the weight of the model. The body is more and the technology better integrated. It right. There’s little to bug or leaving the driver only to the elegant, albeit Teutonic of sport and luxury on offer.

of the features are familiar to the previous SL, and to models elsewhere in the Mercedes-Benz But there are some new tricks. Merc’s new Magic Vision a wiper/washer that aims fluid along the blade as it across the windscreen. It sounds a logical idea, but wasn’t up to the of removing tough Aussie with guts of Araldite.

there’s the boot’s clever aperture which lifts the lid and hardtop in one motion for ease of The boot can be opened remotely or by One Step Access system you wave your foot the bumper to open the boot (as as the proximity key is in range, of course). when your arms are of Gucci bags, I guess.

Behind the front seats enough room for a small (or handbag dog), while the console and glovebox provide oddment storage.

The cockpit is comfortable and very well (seriously, we could spend the review listing the car’s All the mod-cons are housed in lashings of aluminium and padded plastics. The are in keeping with Merc’s and true formula, and would be operable by anyone au fait the MB range.

The folding hardtop its thing in 14 seconds (or 20 seconds to go on) revealing a slender two-seat The automated windblocker and four of glass coalesce to provide an aggregate of shelter from the With AIRSCARF all but eliminating the from your neck and the heaters on, you’re not only but able to conduct a conversation raising your voice. that good.

The audio system can be heard, without turning up the volume. The Kardon audio system for most forms of auxiliary (CD, Bluetooth, USB, SD) and features a 7.0-inch colour TFT We’re keen to point however, that the system is a tinny when referenced to the of the car, and if it was our choice, we’d $11,825 more and option the Olufsen BeoSound system the SL 65 AMG.

Mercedes Benz sl 500 test

But what of the drive?

The SL 500’s bi-turbo BlueDIRECT V8 outputs at 5250rpm and a neck-stretching 700Nm 1800-3500rpm. The engine produces more in SL than it does in any current model, and is endowed enough horsepower to propel the coupe from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

Married to Mercedes’ plus automatic transmission, the SL three settings to match driving mood, Comfort, and Manual (assisted by steering-wheel paddle shifts). Combined ECO idle stop-start functionality, the SL can as little as 9.4L/100km on the combined and 13.0L/100km around town. On we managed 14.6L/100km.

It’s to help yourself, really. The and exhaust combine to deliver an deep-toned thrum under crowned by just a hint of through the turbochargers’ intercooler as you the throttle.

Big brakes haul the SL flatly to and provide a level of pedal and modulation ideally suited to not precision cornering, but those comfortable stops the other-half when dawdling around

The Direct Steer electromechanical alters swiftly with speed and provides a tangible over the front wheels. said, small corrections and feel is a bit ‘digital’, and ultimately the linearity of a hydraulic arrangement.

it’s the big Benz’s adjustable that impressed us most – at around town. The compliance is adequate for the ‘luxury’ stake-claim still offering enough against understeer and rigidity of to provide impressive cornering Sure, it’s not as plush as, say the CLS will it worry real cars in the twisty stuff) but it well resolved for the SL’s market.

Thus with its rich mix of style and comfort the new SL is indeed a progeny to the nameplate. It’s a number indeed, but one that the attention it seeks… And there’s not too Mercs left that can lay to that.

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