SL500 price is as hefty as its weight Chicago Tribune

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SL500 price is as hefty as its

After a dozen years, almost time to bid the SL adieu.

In for that all-new SL, we tested an old the 2002 SL500 roadster in limited-edition Silver Arrow

As with almost any Mercedes, a pleasure to slip behind the of this two-seater. Solidly together. No squeaks, rattles or up or down or removable aluminum fastened in place.

While you expect a Mercedes to shake or be advised the SL feels heavy in the In part that’s by design to the motorist the perception of rock-solid More pounds equal protection.

Of course, the SL feels a bit heavy in the largely because it weighs two plus 125 pounds.

This is no that will be tossed on the road. Goes where you when you want. You just to turn the wheel a tad more to ensure when you want.

The 302-horsepower V-8 responds well to input, but thanks to those tons, the mileage rating is a 16 m.p.g. city/23 m.p.g. The uplevel SL600 comes a 6-liter, 389-h.p. V-12 quicker off the line yet gets 13/19.

As a result of its 16/23 rating, be prepared to hand $1,000 in gas-guzzler tax for the pleasure of the SL500 ($2,600 for the SL600).

Of course, with a base exceeding $80,000, why would you about a $1,000 tax, if you don’t quibble about the four-wheel equivalent of a sumo on the roadway?

SL500 mileage is that on many SUVs, but last we looked, no consumer or environmental groups were to legislate the SL off the road.

Perhaps because Mercedes sells about 5,000 of these each year, down 7,500 annually in the late as some buyers have to wait for the all-new ’03

Mercedes doesn’t say much the ’03, other than it come with a retractable like that on the small SLK roadster instead of the current softtop and removable aluminum that takes two to fasten/unfasten and

Like all Mercedes, the SL500 is with safety hardware, disc brakes with and Brake Assist (if you don’t hit the hard enough to activate the ABS in a situation, the sensors do it for you), stability control to combat or sliding, front- and side-impact air a BabySmart system that whether a child is or isn’t in the seat when a special child seat is used to the air bag from deploying and a roll bar pops up if sensors detect the is tilting.

There also are front and side-impact air bags. just about every air-bag system comes sensors to regulate deployment based on impact severity, SL lacks that. The ’03, will have the more air bags.

Creature comforts include climate control with a filter, AM/FM stereo cassette, power seats driver-side memory settings for and steering column, power and locks, rain-sensing wipers and and telescoping steering column.

You get a Tele Aid emergency communication that uses global satellites to pinpoint your so it will not only locate you in a or medical emergency, it can track the car if stolen. When the medical is only minor, the SL, like all comes with a first-aid

The SL500 starts at $83,800. the retractable hardtop coming for you can be sure that will

To the $83,800 you must add $2,500 to the SL500 into a Silver a lot of dough for such things as paint and birds-eye maple trim, but you also get an aluminum

Only question potential have to ask themselves is whether the and prestige of the Mercedes SL is worth plus, or will they for an equal amount of image and from the Lexus SC430, comes with a retractable has an extra—though very small—rear starts at more than less than the SL, and isn’t with a gas-guzzler tax.

The at Mercedes surely are asking the question, don’t you think?


The Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG is the car in the German automaker’s stable, on a zero- to 60-m.p.h. claim of 4.8 versus 5.4 seconds with an E55

Don’t need a stopwatch to how quick this machine is. step on the pedal—and hold on.

AMG of course, are high-performance, limited-production of the regular Mercedes models. Mercedes except the SL roadster has an AMG The SL gets an AMG for 2003.


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