2003MercedesBenzSLClass Review By Jim Flammang

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Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car


By Jim Flammang

After 12 in its previous form, a massively posh SL500 two-seat went on sale as an early model. Unlike the prior which had a plastic rear in its fabric top, the 2003 gets a retractable hardtop. At the of a button, the new vario roof the roadster into a watertight and back into a convertible in 16

New electronic brake control, Mercedes claims is the first in the retains hydraulic components but has no link to the brake pedal. is electronically controlled, varying pressure to each of the four based on vehicle dynamics and conditions that it monitors Variable brake proportioning can added pressure to the outside in order to enhance safety braking in turns. The system can wet conditions and react to emergency

Active Body Control which was previously available on the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class and S-Class, is an suspension system that eliminates body roll. An Stability Program is also

On the safety front, a new type of and thorax side-impact airbag is in each door. Occupying the end of the sports-car scale, the SL-Class against such competitors as the XK8 convertible, the Porsche 911 Carrera and the more costly Aston DB7 Vantage.

In August 2002, several after the emergence of the SL500, a SL55 AMG edition went on With a supercharged engine produces 493 horsepower, the AMG model is the production Mercedes-Benz ever. Its transmission has SpeedShift buttons on the wheel to prevent upshifting in corners. Racing-derived brakes are and other components have adapted to work with the engine output.

At Detroit#146;s American International Auto in January 2003, Mercedes-Benz an SL600 convertible with a V-12 engine. It will go on as a 2004 model, joining the


An evolution of the previous-generation roadster, the new SL500 has changed in appearance, but it also exhibits styling touches that are of SLs from the distant past. For the automaker says that xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are a #147;more dynamic variation on the #145;twin-headlamp#146; theme.#148; A new #147;intelligent#148; mechanism ensures that the retracts into the upper of the trunk. Slippery in shape, the has a slim 0.29 coefficient of Substantial aluminum content is to keep the body weight

Distinctive AMG bumpers and side highlight the SL55 AMG, features 18-inch five-spoke and a quartet of chromed exhaust at the rear.


Leather, wood and aluminum greet the two of an SL500 coupe and roadster. chrome surrounds the four chronometer-styled instruments on the dashboard. the SL55 AMG, aluminum has a sand-cast effect and special seats are installed. Distronic cruise control is optional. capacity is 8.3 cubic feet the top down and 11.2 cubic when the top is up.

Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car

Under the Hood

A 302-hp, V-8 engine goes into the The SL55 AMG#146;s 5.5-liter V-8 generates 493 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. the SL500 and SL55 AMG have a transmission, but the driver of an SL55 AMG can shifting with racecar-style on the steering wheel. Mercedes-Benz the SL55 AMG roadster can accelerate zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, vs. a more 6.1 seconds for the SL500.


In addition to dual-stage airbags, each door is with new head and thorax airbags. Automatic rollover pop up within 0.3 second when the senses an impending rollover.


Nearly everything the luscious SL500 is enticing, with the super-supportive seats. than a slight hesitation starting off and downshifting, the powertrain quick and energetic responses. all Mercedes-Benz models, the SL500 has a feel, but it#146;s far less

Highly stable on the road, the clings securely to the pavement, excellent steering-wheel feel and effort. All told, it#146;s boulevard cruiser than sports car, delivering ride comfort. The controls from cryptic to ambiguous, and the calibrated gauges aren#146;t as to read as some.

Reported by Jim Flammang for cars.com

Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car
Mercedes-Benz Vario Research Car


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