2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class scale models now available

Article by Christian A., on April 30, 2012

Collectors of high-grade miniatures of the Mercedes-Benz SL are getting excited about the new addition to the collection -- the roadster. The 1:87, 1:43 and 1:18 scale models are realistically reproduced, even in the original paintwork. The miniatures have the right classic SL proportions and there’s incredible attention to details such as the interior and the air outlets.

The hand-assembled precision models were developed with the use of the original CAD data. It has as many as 104 component parts. The roadster roof comes separately. Mercedes-Benz produced these collectors' models in partnership with manufacturers Herpa and Norev.

These miniature models can be bought from Mercedes-Benz sales and service outlets, Mercedes-Benz dealerships, the Mercedes-Benz Museum, and the online shop (shop.mercedes-benz.com). Mercedes-Benz designer packaging is used in all model cars in the Mercedes-Benz Collection.

So that the collectors could easily remove the 1:18 scale models from the screw-fastened packaging, a screwdriver is enclosed. A glove is also provided for each purchase so that the miniature could be protected from fingerprints.

The SL in the name SL-Class from Mercedes-Benz refers to “super light” which is the goal set by the brand for this range. In order to make this happen, Mercedes-Benz made use of a bodyshell composed entirely of aluminum, the first time it has done so for a series production model. Compared to a bodyshell that is sheet steel, the aluminum-based version is lighter by as much as 110 kilograms.

No wonder many are saying that the new SL-Class beings a new meaning to the definition of SL. In terms of actual figures, the new SL350 weighs 1,685 kg., lighter by 140 kg. compared to the previous version.

Meanwhile for the SL500, it now weighs 1,785 kg., making it lighter than 125 kg., versus the prior model. All of these were made possible by achieving a good combination of aluminum components and aluminum alloy, all of which were customized to meet their respective needs. Some parts were even added with a few bits of magnesium and high-strength steel.

The overall result, as mentioned, is that the new SL-Class is indeed lighter. However, it also meant that the body would be more rigid compared to the previous model and with it, safer as well. Mercedes-Benz revealed though that just because the goal for this range was to come up with light models, it did not mean compromising other features just for the sake of lowering the weight.

The lighter weight did mean that the brand would be able to equip a lot more features inside geared for safety and comfort. Without a doubt, the reduction in the weight was due to the use of aluminum for the bodyshell and various other intelligent enhanced details. The SL-Class is also not just about having lighter weight but about performance too.

This is in line the SL tradition that was started when the first generation was released as a racing car in 1952. This newest offering is the sixth generation and is expected to enter the new age of athleticism with the refined visual and pioneering trendsetter features, all of which are in a model that comes with high utility value. For the new SL-Class, all of these different figures are not simply about making an impression as it is also about being tangible and noticeable.

With both the lateral and longitudinal dynamics increased, excellent performance is attained, especially when cornering. As the front axle has been increased by 38 mm with the rear axle having an added 77 mm, the larger track width means that handling is agile and athletic while making sure that the car remains safe. Indeed, drivers who are more sports-oriented are likely to appreciate the new SL-Class as it has more agility than the previous generation.

Under the new SL-Class, Mercedes-Benz will be making available the choice of two engines. For the SL350, it will have the BlueDIRECT V6 engine with output of 306 hp (225 kW). Meanwhile the SL500 will have the BlueDIRECT V8 engine capable of delivering 435 hp (320 kW). Both these figures reveal that they are higher by 12% versus the prior generation.

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