2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Production Cars 20 Jan 2006
2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

After four years from the launch, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Roadster has undergone a number of enhancements: small aesthetic changes and new engines with higher performances.

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Before: the previous SL-classThere were only few aesthetic changes: a redesigned front section, new rear light units and new light-alloy wheels, that contribute to give the SL-Class a more dynamic character.


According to Merceeds-Benz “only subtle updates to the body design were required to prepare the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class for the future.”

A new bumper with three large cooling air intakes and a more pronounced “V-shape” as well as fog lamps with chrome surrounds emphasise the power of the two-seater and give it a wider look. These features are complemented by the newly designed, matt-silver-painted radiator grille with three louvres and chrome highlights.

Before: the previous SL-Class After: the new restyled SL-Class

The side view is enhanced by new light-alloy wheels whose powerful appearance emphasises the sporty character of the SL-Class.

New rear light units complete the styling measures: with their horizontal divisions and red/white clear-lens design, they accentuate the width of the muscular rear of the SL-Class.

Technical innovations

The most significant innovation is the introduction of new V6 and V8 engines that enable improved performances: the V6 delivers 200 kW/272 (+11%), achieves a combined NEDC fuel consumption of 27.4 mpg (fuel savings of 3.3 mpg) and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds (-1 sec.).

2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-ClassThe V8 has 285 kW/388 hp and 530 Nm of torque and enables the SL500 to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 5.4 seconds (predecessor model: 6.2 seconds). Despite the 26 per cent boost in performance, the fuel consumption (NEDC combined) matches that of the predecessor model at 23.2 mpg.

Even the V12 biturbo engine featured on the SL600 was updated: the output and maximum torque have been increased to 380 kW/517 hp and 830 Nm respectively, and the 0-100 km/h acceleration has been reduced from 4.7 to 4.5 seconds.

In the powertrain area, the Active Body Control was updated and a new steering set-up with a more direct ratio was adopted.

In addition, the brake systems of the SL 350 and SL 500 have been optimised for the increased engine output.


2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class interiorInside, the main changes include the use of even softer leather upholstery, new interior colours, high-quality metal doorsills with Mercedes-Benz lettering and embossed aluminium trim elements, redesigned instrument shroud, the new digital clock and the cover of the adjacent ventilation outlet, as well as the new aluminium-look switches for operating the vario-roof.

Now a a glass version of the folding roof is available as an optional extra.

The new-generation SL-Class will have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006 and will appear in the showrooms from March 2006.

(Source: Mercedes-Benz)

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