The new Mercedes-Benz SL
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the sixth generation SL model, designed at the Advanced Studio in Carlsbad, Cal. The official debut is planned for the 2012 Detroit Motor Show.
Compared with its predecessor, the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL (which stands for ‘Sport Leicht’) is 50mm longer (4,612 mm) and 57 mm wider (1,877mm).
Compared to the previous generation, the surface treatment is more elaborated, with bold, muscular shapes, and distinctive, sculpted character lines – all influenced by the latest models of the German carmaker.
The front end features an upright radiator grille that visually recalls the current Mercedes-Benz sports car family.
The slanting headlamps are set well to the outside and are equipped with LED DLRs and the Intelligent Light System (ILS), capable of selecting one among five different lighting functions depending on the driving and weather conditions.
Extensive weight savings were achieved through the use of light alloys and composites: among the distinctive elements are the all-aluminum bodyshell and structure, and the retractable hard-top magnesium frame.
As a result, compared to the outgoing model, the new SL has lost 140 kg/308 lb.
One of the main technical highlights of the new SL is the panoramic Vario-roof, an electro-hydraulically powered retractable top that can be opened or closed in less than 20 seconds.
Thanks to its magnesium frame it weights 6 kg less than its predecessor, and with the MAGIC SKY CONTROL – available as an option – it is possible to adjust the roof surface opacity, from transparent to dark.
Among the other technical innovations are the Magic Vision Control and the Frontbass system – both included in the extensive standard equipment.
The Magic Vision Control is an intelligent wipe/wash system, with a wiper blade capable of applying the washer fluid just in front of the blade lip via the integrated channels – which results in a significant improvement the driver’s visibility.
The Frontbass system uses the free spaces in the aluminum structures in front of the footwell as resonance spaces for the bass loudspeakers.
The range of models will include two versions: the SL 5050 powered by a 435 hp V8 engine; and the SL 350 with a 306 hp 6 cylinder unit.
The engines – equipped with the BlueDIRECT technology – are 29 percent more economical than the ones in the outgoing generation.
The base prices range from 93k Euros for the SL 350 to the 117k Euros for the SL 500.