2013 Mercedes-Benz SL receives an extensive range of accessories

Article by Christian A., on April 26, 2012

In order to make your brand new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL unique, the German manufacturer revealed an extensive range of accessories. As expected all the products are manufactured to Mercedes-Benz's usual high quality standards. The range includes all-weather floor mats or ten-spoke alloy wheels and were created to tailor the roadster even more closely to customer’s needs.

The SL owners will be glad to know that Mercedes-Benz will offer eleven stylish alloy wheels and a total of eleven stylish alloy wheels. Other upgrades include COMAND Online multimedia system, boasting a DVD changer, and the media interface, which can be integrated via cable with a host of mobile end devices.

Moreover, the elegant door sill made from brushed stainless steel and featuring illuminated lettering is also available as well as the key ring, a replica of the SL symbol on the boot lid. AMG couldn’t miss this list and offers genuine accessories such as the AMG bodystyling package, comprising front and rear aprons and side skirts, but also a choice of three 19" five-spoke wheels.

It was back in 1952 when Mercedes-Benz first came out with the SL-Class racing car. The latest version is the sixth generation and is entering the new era by bringing with it the SL’s unique tradition. This new model sees itself as an athlete and a pioneering trendsetter with more refined visuals that had been placed in a package that clearly has a high utility value.

The abbreviation of SL in the name stands for “Super Light” and this latest offering is expected to bring new life to this. Making it possible was the application of a systematic reduction in the weight. For instance, the bodyshell is entirely made up of aluminum, a first for the brand especially when it comes to a series production model.

Compared to a model that makes us of sheet steel, this one weighs less than 110 kilograms. The use of aluminum also means that it is more rigid, and hence safer, when compared to the previous generation. This reduction in the weight was mainly due to the excellent intelligent material combination of aluminum and aluminum alloy parts. In addition, each of these components was customized to meet the needed requirements.

For some components, there was a bit of magnesium added to the mix as well as high-strength steel. Despite the fact that Mercedes-Benz wanted the new SL to be lighter, this did not mean it sacrificed safety and comfort.

The brand knew that they would have to utilize some of the weight that was saved. Still, the figures reveal that overall weight remains to be remarkable. The SL350 for instance weighs 1,685 kg, signifying a drop of 140 kilograms compared to the previous version. On the other hand, the SL500 is lighter by 125 kilograms than the prior model at 1,785 kilograms.

This is all due to not only for using aluminum for the bodyshell but by also implementing different intelligent improved details, with the main aim of lowering the total weight. For the new SL-Class, the brand will be offering the choice of two new engines.

The first is for the SL350 which is the BlueDIRECT V6 engine capable of reaching 306 hp (225 kW). Meanwhile the second is for the SL500 and its BlueDIRECT V8 engine which has output at 435 hp (320 kW). Both these figures are higher by 12% when compared with the output of the previous generation.

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