The Mercedes-Benz SL 500 on the road.

The new generation SL: the legend - now even more dynamic.

The Mercedes-Benz SL was enhanced with a host of significantly technical and visual features. A new appearance for an automotive icon.

  • The new generation SL: the legend – now even more dynamic.

  • Elegance meets sportiness.

    The Mercedes-Benz SL is the top performer in the widest variety of disciplines: an elegant roadster for relaxed, comfortable cruising or a dynamic coupé for sporty cornering. More powerful engines, the automatic transmission 9G-TRONIC, DYNAMIC SELECT with five transmission modes and Active Body Control ABC with the curve tilting function all take the legend to a new dynamic level.

    The Mercedes-Benz SL on the road.

    The high suitability for everyday use has been enhanced with the hard top, which can now be operated at up to 40 km/h, and the automatic boot separator. Visually the front end in particular has been made significantly sportier. As a result the bonnet, bumper and headlamps, among other features, are all new.

    Front view of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

    Powerful engine range.

    The model range now comprises the SL 400 with its V6 engine uprated to 270 kW (367 hp) and 500 Newton metres (additional power: 25 kW/35 hp and also 20 Newton metres of torque) as well as the SL 500 with the powerful 335 kW (455 hp) V8 engine. As standard the power transfer is handled by the new the nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted in seconds at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the setup of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering at the driver’s behest. Additional variants include the two Mercedes-AMG models in the guise of the SL 63 and SL 65, the latter with a V12 engine.

     

    SL 400:

    Fuel consumption combined: 7.7 l/100 km;

    combined CO₂ emissions: 175 g/km.*

     

    SL 500:

    Fuel consumption combined: 9.0 l/100 km;

    combined CO₂ emissions: 205 g/km.*

     

    Mercedes-AMG SL 63:

    Fuel consumption combined: 10.1-9.8 l/100 km;

    combined CO₂ emissions: 234-229 g/km.*

     

    Mercedes-AMG SL 65:

    Fuel consumption combined: 11.9 l/100 km;

    combined CO₂ emissions: 279 g/km.*

    New appearance for the athletic aesthete.

    The Mercedes-Benz SL has always been athletic and aesthetic at the same time. Now the designers have worked on bringing these characteristics even more to the fore. A particularly eye-catching feature is the revised front end of the new edition of the SL: for its new appearance, traditional elements have been enhanced in an innovative and unmistakable manner. Inspiration came from the legendary 300 SL Panamericana racing car with its steeply raked radiator grille. This extends downwards, thus creating a completely individual “face” for the SL within the Mercedes-Benz model range. The grille is executed as the diamond radiator grille as standard. The sculpted shape of the radiator grille harmonises perfectly with the now standard AMG bodystyling with front apron in an A-wing design, which features a front splitter in the vehicle colour.

    Front view of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

    Two powerdomes on the bonnet invoke the sporting heritage of the SL, while light-catching contours give additional structure to the bonnet. Also adding to the unmistakable new appearance of the SL is the new standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System with headlamp housing extending far to the outside and torch-shaped unit comprising the daytime running lamp/position lamp and direction indicator.

    Side view of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

    Iconic sports car proportions.

    The side view of the SL reveals iconic sports car proportions, characterised by the long bonnet, the AMG side sill panels, the broad wheelbase and passenger compartment positioned towards the rear. Fine details create additional highlights. These include enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings. With the roof down the SL shows off its attractive roadster contours with short, steeply angled A-pillars and frameless side windows.

    There is nothing to disrupt the clear lines: all aerials, as well as the roll-over bar, are fully integrated and thus not visible, while the electric draught-stop (optional extra) can be extended and retracted at the push of a button. The rear end points to the high driving dynamics of the SL. The basis for this is the sense of width created by the large track gauge, accentuated by the AMG rear apron with side air intakes. The lower section of the diffuser incorporates the integral tailpipe trim elements as well as the centrally arranged rear fog lamp and reversing light.

    Top-class standards – also in the interior.

    Minimal gap dimensions and fully padded beltlines are just two examples of the top-class standards which the Mercedes-Benz SL also embodies in the refined interior. The ambient lighting with three selectable colours (solar red, polar blue, polar white) ensures an emotional lighting mood. The upper part of the dashboard forms a unit with the door beltlines, and four round air vents featuring an engine look create sporty highlights.

    The interior of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

    The 3-spoke sports steering wheel has a magnesium structure and features an ergonomic grip area and a high-quality finish. The instrument cluster with 2-tube look for displaying speed and rpm combines classic circular instruments with modern display technology.

    Side view of the Mercedes-AMG SL 63.

    Extensive safety package.

    As standard the SL features Active Brake Assist, known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS in other model series. In addition to radar-based proximity warning and braking assistance by Adaptive Brake Assist, this Active Brake Assist system carries out autonomous braking to reduce the danger of rear-end collisions. If the driver fails to act when a risk of a collision is detected, despite the warning lamp in the instrument cluster and the intermittent audible alert, the system will initiate automatic braking.

    This significantly reduces the vehicle speed. At low relative speeds, this intervention may be sufficient to prevent a rear-end collision with slower-moving, stopping or stationary vehicles. Optionally available for the SL is the Driving Assistance package with stereo camera and in some cases new as well as improved functions such as the Distance Pilot DISTRONIC and Steering Pilot or Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function.

    Front view of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

    As standard: LED Intelligent Light System.

    For optimum visibility on country roads and motorways, when cornering and on bends, the standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System automatically adapts to all light and driving conditions. The LED technology features low energy consumption, a long service life and a pleasant white light which approximates the daylight spectrum. Anti-dazzle continuous high beam comes courtesy of the optional Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus. When high beam is switched on, this system always makes the optimum headlamp range available. The driver can concentrate on the traffic and does not have to continually switch between low beam and high beam but can leave the high-beam headlamps on at all times without bothering or endangering other road users. Via a camera positioned behind the windscreen, the Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus detects other illuminated road users, and adjusts the headlamps independently. A mechanism in the headlamp module masks the portion of the cone of light of the LED headlamps where there are other vehicles.

    Side view of the Mercedes-Benz SL.

    “SL” – Super-Light.

    SL fans also appreciate the sports car icon on account of its high suitability for everyday use. With the facelift Mercedes-Benz has improved the comfort appointments even further. These include operation of the electrohydraulic vario-roof. If when opening or closing the roof the vehicle has to move off due to the traffic conditions, the process which was started when at a standstill can be continued up to a speed of approximately 40 km/h. The latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL also takes the meaning of the well-known abbreviation “SL” – Super-Light – literally at its word.

    Systematic weight reduction is just as much a part of the outstanding design features of the new generation SL as it was for its namesake, the original SL from 1952 with its lightweight tubular frame. Here for the first time Mercedes-Benz has implemented an all-aluminium bodyshell as part of large-scale series production. Only relatively few components are made using other materials. High-strength steel tubes are integrated in the A-pillars to increase safety.

    Active Body Control with curve tilting function.

    The steel suspension of the standard chassis features continuously variable dampers. In conjunction with the AMG Line equipment the suspension is lowered by 10 millimetres and fitted with harsher springs and torsion-bar stabilisers. The driver can leave the setting of the basic characteristics of the suspension to the control electronics via DYNAMIC SELECT – from comfortable to extremely sporty in the new third Sport Plus mode. Alternatively there is another option available in the guise of Active Body Control ABC with curve tilting function.

    ABC reduces body movements when moving off, braking and cornering. On top of this there is the curve tilting function which applies a maximum of 2.65 degrees in the speed range from 15 to 180 km/h. It can be set via DYNAMIC SELECT ('Curve'), noticeably reducing the effects of lateral acceleration on the vehicle occupants.

    Connectivity: Mercedes me connect featuring a host of functions.

    The new generation SL is intelligently networked and “always on”. This is ensured thanks to the standard-fit communications module (on-board SIM card) which enables the use of Mercedes me connect services. The available Standard Services currently include Accident Recovery, Breakdown Management and Maintenance Management, as well as Telediagnostics, for example. The optional Remote Online feature provides the technical basis for the SL to use Remote Services. For example, navigation destinations can be sent to the vehicle from a computer or smartphone.

    Rear view of the Mercedes-AMG SL 63.

    With the Smartphone Integration package compatible smartphones can be integrated into the vehicle via Apple® CarPlay® and used via voice-operated control for example. In addition, the other vehicle controls can also be used. Safe and comfortable use on the road is always ensured.

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