Mercedes-Benz has disclosed the official prices for the sixth generation of its SL-Class Roadster, the first of which will arrive in the United Kingdom next month. The first ones to arrive on British soil are the SL 350, having an on-the-road price of £72,495, and the SL 500 at £83,445 OTR. The SL 350 and SL 500 will be followed by two models, the SL 63 AMG and the SL 65 AMG, later this year.
Mercedes-Benz boasts of the SL as lighter, sportier, leaner and more efficient, thanks to its superb specs. The new SL is crafted almost entirely of aluminium, making it as light as possible. The SL is also powered by Mercedes-Benz BlueDIRECT direct-injection engines, which fuel efficiency has improved by up to 30 percent compared with the previous model, while emitting less carbon dioxide.
In particular, the SL 350 is powered by a BlueDIRECT 3.5-litre V6 engine that provides up to 306 hp of output at 6,500 rpm and 370 Nm of torque at 3,500 to 5,250 rpm.
This allows the SL 350 to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 5.9 seconds and to reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. What is startling is that despite this dynamic performance, the SL 350 could travel up to 37.7 miles per gallon of fuel and emits only 176 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.
Specs for the SL 500 are not to be outdone. The SL 500 is powered by a 4,663 cc BlueDIRECT V8 engine that combines direct injection and twin-turbo technologies. It provides up to 435 hp of output at 5,250 rpm and 700 Nm of torque at 1,800 to 3,500 rpm.
This power allows the 1,785 kg SL 500 to accelerate to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and to reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Just like the SL 350, the SL 500 also boasts of improved fuel efficiency, allowing owners to drive up to 30.7 miles on a gallon of fuel combined while emitting 214 grams of CO2 per kilometer traveled.
The new Mercedes Benz SL Class generation being introduced is the sixth generation of the 1952 race car. In the SL’s signature tradition, this new era is defined by a sporty, elegant aesthetic, and trendsetting innovations with an extremely high use value. Mercedes Benz will begin offering the new SL available with two different engines: the V6 SL350 and the V8 SL500. The new BlueDIRECT engines can create an output of 225 kW (306 hp) (for the SL350) and 320 kW (435 hp) (for the SL500), which is 12% more than the predecessor.
Additionally, the new Mercedes Benz SL Class reinvigorates and adds freshness to the SL abbreviation’s meaning, super light, by being systematically lighter. This is the first time that Mercedes Benz implemented an entirely aluminium body in its vehicle production. The newly designed car weighs about 110 kg less than a comparable sheet steel body. But it is even more sturdy and safer than ever before. Mercedes Benz reached this achievement by intelligently mixing materials – aluminium alloys and components, each of which had been customised for each requirement, including the use of high-strength magnesium and steel.
This all new SL offers even more comfort with many more safety features than the previous model, and it saves weight with the aluminium shell. This all comes with some amazing statistics: the new SL 500 at 1,785 kg weighs about 125 kg less than its forerunner. All together, the SL 350 at 1,685 kg weighs a whole 140 kg less because of smartly improved details implemented by Mercedes Benz, as well as the aluminium body.
These results are not just extremely impressive on paper – they can be felt when driving as well. The latitude and longitude dynamics are increased, which helps achieve better performance with a definite appetite for driving around corners. The wider front (+ 38 mm) track and rear (+ 77 mm) track at the axles allow handling, making it both athletic and nimble while still keeping the car safely under control. Drivers will discover that the new SL Class is even more sprightly than older models. It will be an absolute pleasure for anyone who loves a sporty ride.