2013 Mercedes-Benz SL roadster launched at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2012

Mercedes-Benz has launched its sixth-generation SL roadster at the Detroit Auto Show. The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL comes with a new, all-aluminum body shell, and weighs 275 pounds less than the current vehicle. It will be available for sale next spring. A new direct-injection V-8 engine will provide power to the SL550, which will feature two new technologies. One of these technologies is the Magic Vision Control windshield wiper and washer, which brings water to the windshield and eliminates splash.

This technology also makes it less likely that washer fluid will get into the passenger compartment when the roof is down. The wiper blade is heated. The second technology equipped in the vehicle is the FrontBass system, which utilizes the vehicle structure's free spaces ahead of the foot wells as resonance chambers for the woofer speaker system. In this way, the sound from the audio system is improved whether the top is down or up. Space in the doors and interior is also freed up.

SL roadster is one of three refreshed or redesigned Mercedes models that are planned for launch next year. It comes with the all-aluminum bodyshell in a series-production model. Only very few components are made from other materials.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 has a new 4.6-liter V8 engine (SL550), which delivers 429 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque and complemented a 7-Speed Driver-Adaptive automatic transmission.

With these statistics, the vehicle can hit 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds. It has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph or 250 km/h. The design of the vehicle is completely new. While the front end features a big grille like the SLS AMG, the back of the vehicle takes inspiration from the CLS.

The German automaker has launched the latest installment of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class series. It is the sixth generation model since this racing car debuted in 1952. Thus, just like its predecessors, the latest generation SL is an elegant athlete proposing a high utility value.

The sixth generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class marks the first usage of an all-aluminum bodyshell in the carmaker’s series production, allowing it to be around 100 kg lighter than its sheet metal counterpart. While lighter, this aluminum bodyshell is more rigid than its predecessor – thanks to a systematic and clever use of aluminum alloys and aluminum components as well as some high-strength steel and magnesium.

New Mercedes-Benz SL is initially offered as the SL350 and SL500, both powered by BlueDIRECT engines. The SL350 is powered by a V6 engine that provides 225 kW (306 hp) in output while the SL500 is fitted with a V8 that delivers 12-percent more output to 320 kW (435 hp).

While the new Mercedes SL features more comfort elements and more safety devices than its predecessor – which means additional weight – the SL350 (at 1,685 kg) and the SL500 (at 1,785) are still around 140 kilograms and 125 kilograms lighter than their predecessors, respectively.

This is thanks to the implementation of an array of intelligent enhanced details to further reduce weight of the new Mercedes SL. The lightweight character of the new Mercedes SL also allows it to eke out a superior performance that can be felt while driving behind the wheel.

For instance, the resulting surges in longitudinal and lateral dynamics allow the new Mercedes SL to performance splendidly on the road, and more actively during cornering.

Since the new Mercedes SL features a wider track on both the front (plus 38 mm) and rear (plus 77 mm) axles, its handling becomes as sporty as it is agile, with utmost focus on safe control. Since the new Mercedes SL is designed to be more agile than its predecessor, it provides sporty drivers with the driving pleasure they are looking for.

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