Review MercedesBenz SL | First drive MercedesBenz SLClass

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Matt Campbell

Unveiled: Mercedes-Benz SL

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL.

The new SL Mercedes-Benz appears to be nothing the iconic SL of the early 1950s.

The generation version which has been launched in Australia is bulky and weighs 1685 — that’s more a Holden Commodore, despite the it’s Mercedes-Benz’s first model constructed entirely of aluminium. It’s also a tour de force, with safety and gizmos than before.

Size and special aside, the new Mercedes-Benz SL has one important in common with the racy two Gullwing Sport Light it draws its moniker from it’s a stunning-looking sports car is seriously fun on the road.

Our drive started in the base model a six-cylinder version that in almost $20,000 cheaper the previous model ($225,000 on-road and dealer costs).

The V6 SL is impressively brisk, with and 370Nm and enough poke to it to 100km/h from standstill in a 5.9 seconds.


It’s a smooth, engine and the power delivery is It sounds good too, and the is smooth and quick shifting. The mounted paddle shifters are quick to react, and great fun

After spending nearly an tootling along the highway Melbourne, we encountered some And the result was a bit of a surprise.

We’d Benz has designed the steering to be and driver-friendly considering their clientele for the car is those in the 50s and 60s, of whom will likely be interested in comfortable cruising.

The steering highlights that – it’s light and easy to at slower speeds, but through corners it felt a bit too soft, not quite enough feeling or to the driver’s hands. It also plenty of corrective adjustments corners.

The suspension is also Even with the adjustable set to “Sport”, the ride of the SL350 was and compliant, with little to about, even when the car big bumps and mid-corner lumps. is plenty of grip through the too.

You can feel the weight of the car you plunge into a corner brakes, with the car taking a bit than expected to pull up.

the SL350 doesn’t look as special as the price-tag suggests it or should be, with silver across the dash that very similar to the smaller, affordable Mercedes-Benz SLK.

But the layout is smart, with storage and a cosy and relatively cabin when the roof is

Niceties such as heated and Benz’s “Air Scarf” heater mean the cabin is even with the lid down – we over at one point and only did we feel that it was just six outside.

The boot is big at 504 litres if you the lid up or an awkwardly shaped 320L the roof down.

On the topic of the roof, it can only be up to 7km/h and takes 19 seconds to or close. Good thing of the SL tend to have a bit more on their hands. But when you some cars an eighth of the (such as the $36,990 VW Golf can close their lid in less half that amount and at it is a bit disappointing.

It is very pleasant and quiet with the roof in though.

We also spent time in the SL500 V8 – and we wish we have had even more.

your right foot and rewarded with a well of from the twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 which builds speed under light throttle and a mighty whump under forceful acceleration.

The seven-speed is clinical and precise in its changes, the most of the engine’s 320kW and of torque.

The drive experience is different too. As with the the adjustable suspension allows you to between “Sport”: which is not too but on the 500’s 19-inch wheels it did up more of the small bumps the cheaper model, with a fidgety feel; conversely, is slightly too soft at times, the car wallowing over some

Happily, though, the SL500’s is a big step up. The interior’s burr trim, part-wood-part-leather steering and two-tone leather finishes make it feel plusher.

We didn’t get a chance to drive the SL63 AMG or SL65 AMG models, of which offer more and torque than the SL500. But suggest most buyers be happy with the cheaper if an engine with bucket-loads of is what they need.

of power and fantastic looks. the new SL really is more like the than we thought.

New iteration of the SL is bigger. bolder and offers value .

By Matt Campbell

The new SL Mercedes-Benz is. if we’re brutally nothing like the iconic SL of the 1950s.

The sixth generation which has just been in Australia is big, bulky and 1685 kilograms — more than a Holden despite the fact it’s first ever model entirely of lightweight aluminium. also a technological tour de with more safety and than ever before.

and special goodies aside. the new SL has one thing in common with the two door Gullwing Sport model it draws its moniker — it’s a stunning looking sports car that is fun on the road.

Our drive program in the base model SL 350, a version that comes in $20,000 cheaper than the model ($225,000 plus costs) .

Usually if you say six-cylinder and in the same sentence, enthusiasts may turn away in disgust. B ut the V 6 SL is a very spritely thing with 225kW and 370Nm and poke to push it to 100km/h standstill in a V8-like 5.9 seconds.

It’s a smooth, refined and the power delivery is effortless. It good too, and the transmission is and quick shifting. The steering-wheel paddle shifter s are very to react, and great fun too.

spending nearly an hour along the highway near we encountered some corners. And the was a bit of a surprise.

We’d imagine has designed the steering to be light and considering their main for the car is those in the 50s and 60s who may not push the car to its limits.

The s highlights that thinking – light and easy to twirl at speeds, but through successive it felt a bit too s oft. with not enough feeling or feedback to the hands. It also needs of corrective adjustments through the

The suspension is also comfort-focused. with the adjustable dampers set to the ride of the SL 350 was comfortable and compliant, little to complain about, when the car encountered big bumps and lumps. There is plenty of through the bends, too.

You can the weight of the car when you plunge a corner under brakes, the car taking a bit longer than to pull up.

Inside, the SL 350 doesn’t quite as special as the price-tag it could or should be, with finishes across the dash look very similar to the cheaper SLK model.

But the interior layout is smart, decent storage and a cosy and ruffle-free cabin when the is down.

Niceties such as seats and Benz’s “Air neck heater mean the is toasty even with the lid – we pulled over at one point and then did we feel that it was six degrees outside.

The boot is big at 504 if you keep the lid up or an awkwardly shaped with the roof down.

On the of the roof, it can only be operated at a (well, a crawl of 7km/h, and takes 19 seconds to open or Good thing buyers of the SL to have a bit more time on hands. But when you consider cars an eighth of the price the $36,990 VW Golf Cabriolet) can their lid in less than that amount and at speed, it is a bit

It is very pleasant and surprisingly with the roof in place,

We also spent some in the SL 500 V8 – and we wish we could have had more.

Plant your foot and you’re rewarded a well of power from the 4.7-litre V8 engine, which speed effortlessly under throttle and packs a mighty under more forceful

The seven-speed auto is clinical and in its changes, making the most of the 320kW and 700Nm of torque.

The experience is notably different As with the 350, the adjustable allows you to choose between which is not too harsh, but on the 500’s wheels it did pick up more of the bumps than the cheaper with a slightly fidgety conversely, “Comfort” is slightly too at times, with the car wallowing some bumps. There is no happy medium.

Happily, the SL 500’s interior is a big step up. The burr walnut trim, steering wheel and two-tone finishes instantly make it plusher.

We didn’t get a chance to either the SL 63 or SL 65 AMG models, both of offer more power and than the SL 500. But we’d most buyers will be with the cheaper model if an with bucket-loads of grunt is they need.

Plenty of and fantastic looks. Maybe the new SL is more like the original we thought.

Mercedes-Benz SL 350 Base

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