When it comes to high-end motoring, few can match the class and power of Mercedes’ flagship SL range. The latest generation of Mercedes-Benz SL range, the R230, was first unveiled in 2001. The range boasts of some unique features like the three-piece folding Vario-Roof. The SL range got its first upscale in 2008, with the cars becoming sportier, offering superior driving experience.
The first thing that you’ll notice in the rehashed SL range is the front grill and the dual power domes in the bonnet. Chances are they make you nostalgic, taking you back to the 1950s. The curvy headlights are unusually designed; the taillights have a lower diffuser style that adds that motorsport touch to the car. The exhaust pipes are trapezoid shaped and make the car look visually wider. The interiors of the Mercedes-Benz SL range carry a more contemporary look than its predecessor, with a dashboard that’s more flat, incorporating the existing switchgear. The sports theme of the car is further enhanced by the restyled binnacle and instrument cluster. The new three-spoke leather steering and bolstering seats add more to the style. There is also this new COMAND APS package that uses a voice-control system. The system is equipped to recognize a number of words per function, making it more user-friendly.
The 350 Sport motor has by far the best engine among the Mercedes-Benz SL range of cars. The V6 engine-based car has been re-engineered to give more acceleration and power. With a peak torque of 360NM, the car has seen an impressive increase in power from 200KW to 232KW at 6500rpm. The SL350 can run 0-100KM/h, though it has been electronically restricted to 0.4 sec. The other variations in the SL range, the SL500 and SL600, along with the SL350 have reasonably low fuel consumption of 11.9L, 13.9L and 9.9L per 100KM, as confirmed by the ECE combined test. Fuel consumption of all three models has been trimmed down by 0.4L/100KM, which make them impressively fuel efficient.
Mercedes has kept their reputation in car safety with the Mercedes-Benz SL range. A pop-up rollover bar gets activated as soon as a rollover is detected by the car’s onboard computer. Standard features also include ABS functionality and updated ESP stability control. With bi-xenon headlamps, driver/passenger airbags and head side bags, the SL range is pretty much a safe machine for long drives. The range comes with a price tag of $200K and above, a hefty amount by all means.
The Mercedes-Benz SL range is sure to leave an impact on you look wise. The plush and luxurious interiors are a perfect place for a relaxing long drive. Performance wise, particularly the SL350 is bound to blow your mind. Reasonably fuel-efficient, the only hitch may be the price tag. For a true-blue Mercedes addict, it should not be a limiting factor. If you want a car that rocks both performance and looks wise, go for this power packed car.
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