Mercedes-Benz Accessories introduces new light-alloy wheels

Article by Christian A., on April 17, 2012

Mercedes-Benz Accessories is expanding its range of wheels with a new set, just in time for the changeover from winter to summer tyres. The new wheels are available for numerous model series such as the 2013 SL-Class, the 2012 ML-Class, the 2012 C-Class, the 2012 E-Class and the 2013 GLK.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the new wheels are available in a high-sheen bichromatic finish. As expected, the same high safety standards are applied to all the light-alloy wheels.

In order to be sure that the customers treat their light-alloy wheels well, Mercedes-Benz is giving us few advices: don’t clean with sharp or rough sponges; use only genuine Mercedes-Benz wheel bolts, fit only the size of tyre approved for the wheel; adjust the tyre pressure when carrying high payloads; observe the specified wheel tightening torques; do not use aggressive cleaners.

Counting from the original racing car released in 1952, the new SL-Class from Mercedes-Benz is the sixth generation of this range. Considering SL’s unique history, this new model will be joining the new generation as an athlete with a more refined aesthete in addition to being a pioneering trendsetter which comes with an extremely high utility value.

For the new SL-Class, the brand will be offering the choice of two new BlueDIRECT engines which have outputs that are 12% better compared to the previous generation. The first is the SL350 which is fitted with the V6 engine now having output of 306 hp (225 kW). The second is the SL500 and the V8 engine having output at 435 hp (320 kW).

In addition, the new SL-Class is able to put new meaning to the “SL” abbreviation. SL stands for super-light and this was made possible through a systematic lowering of the weight. The newest SL-Class will be the first time Mercedes-Benz will be using a series production model a bodyshell made entirely of aluminum. When compared to a bodyshell composed of sheet steel, the all-aluminum version is 100 kilograms lighter.

This not only makes it more rigid but also safer compared to the previous generation. To make this possible, the brand made use of a systematic intelligent material mix of aluminum and aluminum alloy parts. These components have been customized to meet the needed requirements. Further, these have been mixed in with some magnesium and high-strength steel.

Despite being able to lower some of the mass, Mercedes-Benz forfeited some of the weight saved to put in features that would make the new SL-Class more comfortable and have additional safety devices inside.

Indeed, the SL350 weighs 1,685 kg, lower by 140 kg compared to the previous generation. Meanwhile the SL500 has a weight of 1,785 kg making it lighter by 125 kg versus the prior version. All of these were due to a number of other adjustments such as the use of aluminum for the bodyshell.

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