The most recent generation, presented in 2012, is even more athletic and agile. Powerful, high-efficiency BlueDirect engines, the dynamic and consumption optimised 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and standard-fit variants with electronically adjustable chassis opened the way to a new symbiosis of sportiness, efficiency and driving pleasure. A large part of this pioneering achievement can be ascribed to the all new bodyshell – the first full-aluminium bodyshell to go into volume production at Mercedes-Benz. And the results are spectacular: up to 140 kilograms lighter than its predecessor with improved safety and comfort features.
At the same time, torsional rigidity and flexing strength are improved to optimise driving dynamics and increase crash safety. With its balanced proportions and muscle-toned surfaces, the SL once again gives an all-new definition to the roadster design. The R 231 is both athlete and aesthete. As befitting its status, only high-quality materials were used in the interior of the luxury sports car.