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Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230

Mercedes-Benz SL (2002 —


The Mercedes SL has long for refined elegance and continent ability but it was only with the of the 2002 model year car the Sport part of the SL’s Leicht’ designation could its existence. The previous model was sporty nor lightweight and although the car still doesn’t so much tip the as total them, Mercedes made the effort to endow the car some genuine dynamic Opt for one of the more powerful versions and you get a car supercar performance but with that would do most saloons proud. The best SL to Most would agree.

Models Covered: 2dr Coupe/Convertible SL500, SL55 AMG, SL65 AMG)


opened the book on what codenamed the R230 series SL as meant to go on, with a pair of V8 engined models landing in UK in March 2002. The 306bhp opened proceedings at a cool with the rocketship 476bhp AMG model topping the tree at Critics instantly raved the SL’s combination of pace and but this was just the first of models that Mercedes to unleash. An entry-level 245bhp V6 followed in early 2003 and by a monster 493bhp SL600 turbocharged V12 had been unveiled. was duely followed by the ultimate SL, the AMG with its 612bhp output and a in excess of £145,000. A series of were introduced in early including a revised front assembly with three cooling air intakes integrated and a silver finished grille three broad slats. The was smartened-up as well with also being made to the The SL500 was increased from to a brawny 388bhp and the SL350 from 245bhp to 272bhp.

What You Get

Whereas big Mercedes SEC from the early eighties now a bit blousy, the SL retained a classical of line. Replacing such a car was going to be easy, Mercedes precariously perched beneath the baggage of Damocles. First were disappointing. Advance pictures from the 2001 Motor Show gave the that the car was little more a mild reskinning of the old model some fussy detailing. The could hardly be more Designers have a particularly term for describing a car that works in the metal — to rear cohesiveness’. The SL has this in spades. Every curve into the next, flop and swages teasing, pouring and light from one plane to the The balance between slavishly retro styling and the preservation of design cues explains of the more contrived punctuations but the effect is supremely elegant. The mechanism has stepped forward a from that of the SLK, or lowering in a mere 16 seconds a panel fit only bettered by the deep sea submersible. The interior is what we’ve come to from Mercedes — price rather than Price, although the car looks far specified with aluminium detailing than optional The ‘conjoined twin’ front theme continues in the cabin neat wheel-mounted controls the main fascia dials neat arcs from the gauges.

What You Pay

Given the rapturous the SL enjoyed, it’s no surprise it clings onto its value than any of its competitors. Even a of a 2003 price rise and the malaise amongst used car prices has barely dented its value. An 02 plated SL500 68,000 miles showing on the has hardly dropped in value at dealers easily selling for £18,300 compared to a £67,610 new The SL55 AMG fares just as an 02 plated car trading for over Compared to the big Mercedes, a Porsche 911 falls out of bed pricewise.

What to Look For

Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230

Mercedes’ like the cars, last forever as they’re always Watch out for oil leaks, though. manual cars at all costs and without a proper service The gearchange is slow and heavy and you sell on you’ll find are simply not interested in anything than automatics. Check all electronic ‘toys’ like the locking, electric windows and air

Replacement Parts

(Based on a SL500 and exclusive of VAT) A exhaust will be around Brake pads are approximately for the front and £40 for the rear. An is just under £200 and a motor roughly £180. A unit is about £325 and a should come in at about

On the Road

Mercedes went to lengths not only to make the car cleverer, quicker and cleaner its predecessor but also to improve the of the car. The SL was never a car that look upon a corner any great relish but this not only shed weight due in no small part to extensive of aluminium body panels but the V8 models also feature the automatic body control system used to such effect in the behemoth Mercedes CL An enhanced version of ABC was also as an option on the SL350 after the facelift, while remaining on the SL500 and SL600 derivatives. equipped, the Mercedes SL doesn’t through corners yet does the attendant bone-shaking ride you’d expect from a taut handling car. is due to a set of electro hydraulics that the ride height when the button is jabbed. Combined the ESP stability control system it the Mercedes a strangely artificial when cornering hard, the unsure of the limit, feedback by several white-coated Stuttgart Turn the ESP off and the SL will happily its lairy side. If you can overcome the unease, the SL is extremely capable dare we say, fun. sporting Mercedes models to wilfully introduce impediments to the of enjoyment, either lazy gearboxes, laughably poor gearchanges, vague steering via wheels that resembled from the Cutty Sark or chassis. It appears the killjoys got their hands on the SL’s The SL500 features a five-speed gearbox that you can bully manually, but the software beneath it is sweet and intuitive to render gear yourself redundant. The consists of the 3.7-litre 245bhp (upgraded to 272bhp in 2006), the five-litre SL500 (upgraded to in 2006), the 476bhp SL55 the 493bhp bi-turbo V12 SL600 to 517bhp in 2006) and the SL65 The SL55AMG is a car which covers the to 60mph in just 4.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155mph. With a figure of 700Nm (more a Lamborghini Diablo GT!) the is something quite special. makes the SL65 faintly with its 612bhp and 4.2s time. In keeping with the high-tech outlook, Mercedes has Sensotronic (the first technology for a road car) for the

SL. Hydraulics have been by electronics which can prime the system by lightly applying the to the discs when the accelerator is suddenly released, reducing distances by some 3%. In wet conditions the can skim the discs of friction-reducing


Any car that can make a 911 Cabrio look a touch has to be very special indeed, but the SL manages it easily. Shedding its as the weapon of choice for the chunky-chained boulevardier has been surprisingly Used examples are by no means but they do represent good for money when one considers the of the product on offer.

Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG Coupe R230


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