MercedesBenz SL 500 2013: Road Test motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Coupe R230

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 even crowned car of the century.

So just how does the sixth-generation SL stack-up?

Firstly, lighter having shaved up to (depending on variant) from the of the previous model. The body is rigid and the technology better It feels right. There’s to bug or annoy leaving the driver to enjoy the elegant, albeit mélange of sport and luxury on

Most of the features are familiar to the SL, and indeed to models elsewhere in the portfolio. But there are some new There’s Merc’s new Magic control, a wiper/washer that washer fluid along the as it travels across the windscreen. It like a logical idea, but up to the task of removing tough bugs with guts of

Then there’s the boot’s double-take aperture which the lid and folded hardtop in one motion for of loading. The boot can be opened or by Mercedes’ One Step Access whereby you wave your under the bumper to open the (as long as the proximity key is in range, of Great when your are full of Gucci bags, I

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 Coupe R230

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 to rest and provide a level of feel and modulation ideally to not only precision cornering, but nice comfortable stops the expects when dawdling town.

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 mix of amenity, style and comfort the new SL is a worthy progeny to the nameplate. a pricey number indeed, but one commands the attention it seeks… And not too many Mercs left can lay claim to that.

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Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Coupe R230
Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Coupe R230
Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Coupe R230
Mercedes-Benz SL 500 Coupe R230

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