MercedesBenz SL Class Review(1997)

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Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base

by Carey Russ

The Mercedes-Benz SL sports coupes and roadsters been cars to be reckoned in the prestigious high-priced sports-luxury ever since the days of the race-bred 300SL gullwing in the mid-1950s. The SL-class Benzes always offered prestige, and balanced performance. They also been expensive. costly than the Italian perhaps, but still more Drive than Main the SLs serve as the co-flagships of the Mercedes-Benz with the S-class sedans and Innovative technology first in the SL and S-class cars is later in lesser lines. The 5-speed automatic transmission first in the SL and S- class models is now used in all cars. Side airbags, now in the SL, undoubtedly see further application in the

Currently, Mercedes-Benz SL models are as the 6- cylinder SL320, V8 SL500, or V12-powered SL600. They are luxury convertibles with an on luxury. Two hard tops are a regular metal one and a new, glass Panorama top that an open-air experience with and protection in all weather conditions. The Sport Package includes trim and wheels designed by Mercedes-Benz tuning firm

A week with an SL500 was most impressive. It was supremely and elegant. Although I’m not in the bracket to own one, but it’s an experience to see how the other half

APPEARANCE: The SL500 is tastefully and understated in an old-money way. with the Sport Package, it is not flamboyant, although the 18-inch AMG wheels and ultra-low profile speed tires that are of the package do dominate the car’s The basic SL is a small, two-seat of conservative Mercedes-Benz styling, an wedge with rounded and modestly-flared fenders for a sporting A wide grille with slats and the three- pointed logo proclaims the car’s and should help ensure notch valet parking The Sport Package adds a front apron with air dam and foglamps, sculpted side a special rear bumper and those wheels and tires.

COMFORT: The SL500 is a luxury car at albeit a very muscular Luxury here, as in all Mercedes-Benz means lean luxury, comfort and elegance over The driver and passenger are treated to power-adjustable leather seats. The leather- covered steering has power tilt and telescopic Tasteful amounts of leather and trim enhance the door and central console. The climate system provides cool or air in short order, and the Bose system sounds great. The will hold two sets of clubs, or an equivalent amount of The standard cloth convertible top has windows for comparatively good when up. Windows and mirrors are of course. So is the top. To raise or the top, all one need do is press a on the console. An array of servo and hydraulic devices take of all manual labor, quickly and

Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base

SAFETY: In addition to all of the more safety features — frontal air bags, safety-cage with front and rear zones, and antilock disc the SL500 has side airbags in the doors, an automatic roll and a passenger seat occupancy that deactivates the passenger air bag if a weight of less than 26 is in the seat. The optional Electronic Program (ESP) takes control a step further and brake pressure to individual to control an incipient spin or

ROADABILITY: The SL500 is a high-performance car, with an emphasis on comfort. With a two-ton weight, it is too heavy to be a narrow-focus car. It is also too quiet, and refined to be a narrow-focus sports The chassis is among the most ever made for a convertible, a solid base for the front multilink rear independent That the extremely low-profile of the Sport Package — front and 35 rear — do not in a particularly harsh ride is a to the design of the suspension and the abilities of the engineers. Handling is perfect for the intended purpose, fast Xenon low-beam headlamps the road very well at

PERFORMANCE: The SL500 may not be a lightweight but its 5- liter V8 engine has enough to move it down the road smartly. With 315 horsepower and a 345 lb-ft of torque, the SL500 is not The engine is always smooth and quiet in normal operation, but driving brings an enthusiastic V8 The 5-speed, electronically-controlled automatic is wonderfully smooth and refined. The converter locks up in third, and fifth gears for efficiency.

CONCLUSIONS: The Mercedes-Benz SL500 offers muscular performance luxurious refinement.

Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base

Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base


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