2000 MercedesBenz Vision SLA Concept reviews Specs & pictures…

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Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA

2000 Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA review and pictures

Posted 23 November 2006. 16:11:17

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA Concept

Arousing curiosity … firing the … thinking ahead … anticipating the and translating new ideas into – the designers at the Mercedes Technology in Sindelfingen certainly have an job. Their ‘present’ is the And sometimes they give us of that future by bringing out cars – cars which us how we will be getting around in a of years’ time. The new Vision SLA is one glimpse.

This was how Mercedes the Vision SLA when it made its debut at the Detroit Auto in January 2000. A small based on the A-Class, the Vision aim was to translate the appeal and driving of the SL series into an altogether segment.

Reflecting its A-Class parentage SLA had compact dimensions, with an length of 3.77 meters a nippy driving experience – the SLK (R was 20 centimeters longer, the SL (R 230) no than 73 centimeters longer. Key features of the compact roadster included powerfully sculpted a sharply raked windshield, doors and a gently slanting in the style of the legendary Mercedes Arrows. Two particularly innovative were a prominent front fin and a nose borrowed from the SLR sports car, which a centrally positioned Mercedes

The bodywork sheltered advanced engineering. A 1.9 liter engine maximum power of 92 kW (125 hp) and torque of 180 Newton meters at rpm provided lively performance, a 0 — 100 km/h sprint of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 209 km/h. active safety standards were provided by the A-Class-derived, modified chassis with Stability Program (ESP) and Assist.

With the bodywork, the staff the advanced engineering and research had broken new ground. The Vision SLA had an hybrid body structure of aluminum sections and panels and plastics. This lightweight allowed Vision SLA to tip the scales at 950 kilograms (DIN unladen

The A-Class influence could be in the safety concept too. the open-top two-seater wasn’t on the sandwich principle, in the event of a front-end impact it used the bright idea as the A-Class of the engine out of the way underneath the passenger The positioning of the engine at an angle that in an impact it would down along the sturdy floor panel without into the passenger compartment. gave Vision SLA the same safety standards as larger sedans. Roll-over protection was by sturdy roll-over bars the seats and by a reinforced front frame.

Once again, lighting was an development focus. At the rear, 30 LEDs, with prisms to the light, provided a more rear warning system conventional bulbs, particularly in of poor visibility. It took the of vertical bands. The powerful LED signals, housed on fins the light housings, were innovative and designed to attract High-performance LEDs were used for the brake lights, were mounted in the rear and in the rear crossbar on the trunk Evenly dispersed road and a long beam range provided by state-of-the-art xenon headlamps which used two headlamps for the dipped beam and the beam.

At the front, the transparent of a frontal fin spanning the full of the car incorporated yellow high-performance LED signals, which were by repeater LEDs in the exterior casings.

Inside, the accent was on lightweight The technical aspects were neatly together with features suggesting lightness and such as perforated sheet aluminum rotary controls and instrument cylinders. Carbon bucket seats, adopted in modified form from the SLR, continued the theme – were approximately 25 percent than similarly specified car seats.


The cockpit recalled cars and tourers of earlier The chronometer-style instruments normally data only on speed, oil pressure and fuel level. other displays appeared the dials when needed, in the of a malfunction.

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA

In all respects Vision SLA put the on a natural and unfiltered motoring This was at the heart of this charm and was reflected in the interior Carpeting and fabric upholstery had dispensed with in favor of metal surfaces and dark specially supplied saddle-quality This leather was tanned only vegetable matter, helping to preserve its very character. A natural material a strong air of quality, hard-wearing and very breathable, it was used on the on the insides of the doors and in areas to frequent occupant contact, as the steering wheel, the seat the armrests in the doors and the floor. The cut were deliberately left with light-colored stitching a color contrast and hand-finished

With Vision SLA, a Mercedes-Benz roadster made its The concept has been developed and to the point where it would be to go into production at a moment’s Who knows? Before long we even see it in the showrooms.

Mercedes-Benz SLA Concept Technical highlights

hybrid bodywork consisting of sections and panels and high-grade

LED rear light clusters introduced 2003 in the Mercedes-Benz SLR (C 199)

LED turn signals introduced 2003 in the Mercedes-Benz SLR (C 199)

Carbon fiber seats — introduced in the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren (C 199)

Four-stroke, four-cylinder gasoline 1.9 liter displacement, 92 kW (125 front-wheel drive, five-speed transmission

Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA
Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA

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