The Mercedes-Benz SL designo Edition (R 231) is tailored towards exclusivity and fine interior design.

SL designo Edition and SLC RedArt Edition.

Twice the exclusive open-air driving fun.

Exclusivity and sporty dynamics.

Exactly six weeks before the start of spring in Europe, Mercedes-Benz is launching its automotive springtime with attractive editions of its SL and SLC Roadsters. Customers can choose from the SLC RedArt Edition as well as the SL designo Edition. While the compact SLC special model emphasises sporty dynamics, the SL is tailored towards exclusivity and fine interior design. Sales release for both Roadster Editions starts on 6 February, market launch is in April.

With attractive editions of its SL (R 231) and SLC (R 172) Roadsters Mercedes-Benz is launching its automotive springtime.
Mercedes-Benz SLC RedArt Edition (R 172): Its exciting design and striking details make the RedArt Edition particularly sporty.

Particularly dynamic: SLC RedArt Edition.

The SLC can be ordered as a particularly dynamic RedArt Edition. Its exciting design and striking details make the RedArt Edition particularly sporty, something that is underlined by the red colour highlights on the exterior and in the interior. The red front splitter, the diamond radiator grille with pins in red and black, red fins in the wings with an exclusive Edition badge and the diffuser with red trim lend the SLC RedArt Edition an eye-catching look. A harmonious contrast is provided for by the striking 18-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels painted in tremolite metallic with a high-sheen finish. The performance of the SLC is further enhanced by the large, perforated brake discs and red brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering at the front.

Exclusive upholstery in the interior.

The RedArt Edition interior impresses with exclusive upholstery in black leather with silver pearl nappa leather inserts with red contrasting topstitching and the Edition logo embroidered on the head restraint. Elements in carbon-embossed leather on the head restraints, the sports steering wheel and on the DYNAMIC SELECT selector lever additionally ensure particularly sporty highlights. Further appointments include seat heating, AIRSCARF neck-level heating for driver and front passenger, aluminium trim element with dark carbon grain as well as exclusive floor mats with the Edition logo and red border.

The Mercedes-Benz SLC (R 172) RedArt Edition interior impresses with exclusive upholstery in black leather with silver pearl nappa leather inserts with red contrasting topstitching.
The AMG RedArt Edition for the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 provides expressive highlights with stylishly placed red elements.

Mercedes-AMG SLC 43: Fuel consumption combined: 7.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 178 g/km.*

Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 RedArt Edition.

The AMG RedArt Edition for the Mercedes-AMG SLC 43 provides expressive highlights with stylishly placed red elements. The exclusive special paint finishes in designo selenite grey magno and designo iridium silver magno make the SLC top model into quite the eye catcher. Red trim elements on the front and rear apron, the red front splitter, red flics in the AMG bumper and the red fins in the wings lend the Roadster an eye-catching look.

Seats are designed in black leather with silver pearl nappa leather inserts with exclusive upholstery and head restraints in carbon-embossed leather. A multifunction sports steering wheel with carbon-embossed leather inserts, the AMG E-SELECT selector lever with nappa leather insert and embossed AMG logo as well as the aluminium trim element with dark carbon grain are also part of the exclusive range of appointments.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster (R 231) gains even more exclusivity with the designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials.

Even more exclusivity: SL designo Edition.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster gains even more exclusivity with the new designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials on the exterior and interior. The metallic finish in brilliant blue, the 19-inch or 20-inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels as well as the chrome flics in the front apron ensure a special exterior look. The badges with the designo Edition logo placed laterally between the chrome badges subtly reference the Roadster’s special status.

Even more exclusivity: SL designo Edition.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster gains even more exclusivity with the new designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials on the exterior and interior. The metallic finish in brilliant blue, the 19-inch or 20-inch AMG 10-spoke forged wheels as well as the chrome flics in the front apron ensure a special exterior look. The badges with the designo Edition logo placed laterally between the chrome badges subtly reference the Roadster’s special status.

The legendary Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster (R 231) gains even more exclusivity with the designo Edition. The special model is characterised by stylish elements and high-quality materials.

High-quality materials in the interior.

Driver and passenger experience the exceptional character of the SL designo Edition with exclusive design elements and high-quality materials in the interior. Seats and door centre panel in porcelain / black designo nappa leather with exclusive designo layout and the roof liner in porcelain designo DINAMICA ensure a particularly exquisite ambience. Further matching appointments include the ambient lighting, the 3-spoke two-tone multifunction sports steering wheel in black / porcelain nappa leather as well as the floor mats with porcelain designo badges and edging.

 

Climatised seats, the AIRSCARF neck-level heating, the Active Multicontour Seat Package as well as the Driving Assistance package Plus with DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and PRE-SAFE® PLUS also come as standard to enhance comfort.

The Mercedes-Benz SL (R 231) designo Edition with exclusive design elements and high-quality materials in the interior.

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SL: A tradition of elegant sportiness.

The Mercedes-Benz SL has enjoyed iconic sports car status for more than six decades now.

The latest generation is to be launched in April 2016.

It is all set to transport the unique tradition of elegant sportiness into the future.

The roots of the Mercedes-Benz SL are in motor racing. After the Second World War, Mercedes-Benz developed the 300 SL racing sports car (W 194, 170 hp/125 kW). This began competing in 1952 and duly dominated the season, claiming second and fourth place in the Mille Miglia, a one-two-three win in the sports car race in Bern, a one-two win in the Le Mans 24-hour race, the first four places in the sports car race at the Nürburgring and a one-two win in the Carrera Panamericana Mexico – an illustrious record indeed. A characteristic feature of the Coupé was its gullwing doors – a direct consequence of the innovative space frame: they were cut deep into the roof, opening upwards to present a spectacle reminiscent of spread wings, which prompted the Americans to refer to the car as the “Gullwing”, while the French opted for “Papillon” (butterfly).

Recognising the car's market potential.

Recognising the car’s market potential, in 1954 Mercedes-Benz presented two series production SLs. The 300 SL (W 198, 1954 to 1957) with an output of 215 hp (158 kW) would be categorised as a super sports car today – the “Gullwing” Coupé won over experts and the public alike. While the technical concept and key components derived from the competition vehicle, the W 198 boasted beautiful body lines and an even more powerful engine with efficiency-enhancing direct petrol injection. This made it unique among the era’s series production sports cars. The 300 SL quickly became an automotive icon of the 1950s, winning major races along the way. In 1957 the Gullwing Coupé was succeeded by the 300 SL Roadster (W 198, 1957 to 1963). Both versions were absolute enthusiasts’ cars from the outset and are among the most sought-after and highest-priced classic vehicles today.

Mercedes-Benz 190 SL.

The 190 SL (W 121, 1955 to 1963) was presented together with the 300 SL “Gullwing” as a perfect addition to the portfolio: the body was closely related to that of the Gullwing, but designed as a two-seater convertible with a lowerable soft top. The 190 SL (105 hp/77 kW) was specifically designed as a sporty yet comfortable touring vehicle. The combination of sportiness and comfort became an innate part of the all-encompassing qualities of all subsequent SLs.

Comfortable and powerful touring car.

The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL replaced the 190 SL and 300 SL models in 1963.Its exterior featured clear, straight lines and the distinctive SL face with the large centrally positioned Mercedes star. It came to be known as the “Pagoda” by virtue of its hard top:with its high windows, the roof supported on only narrow pillars exuded a lightness of touch which, in conjunction with its inward curve, was reminiscent of Far Eastern temples. The Mercedes-Benz 230 SL (W 113, 1963 to 1971) was the first open-top vehicle to feature a safety body with rigid occupant cell and readily deformable front and rear segments – the so-called crumple zones – and was based on the Mercedes-Benz “Fin-Tail” saloons. It was followed by the Mercedes-Benz 250 SL in 1967 and the 280 SL in 1968.

The SL R 107 series (1971 to 1989) took to the roads in the spring of 1971. For the first time in the history of the SL, this series was powered by eight-cylinder engines. Apart from their elegance and quality, the vehicles also exuded safety – the open-top two-seater’s crash performance was way ahead of its time. Although it was not originally planned to have such a long lifespan, this SL’s successful stint of 18 years marks an internal record which is unlikely to be broken: with the exception of the all-terrain vehicles of the G-Class, no other passenger car series has been produced over such a long period.

Paramount safety.

At the 1989 Geneva International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz presented the SL of the R 129 model series (1989 to 2001). The brand hit the mark once again with this vehicle: production capacities were soon exhausted, giving rise to waiting periods of several years. This SL set new standards in safety. The open-top vehicle performed sensationally in the stringent Mercedes-Benz frontal and rear impact crash tests. Integral elements of the concept were automatic, sensor-controlled rollbars which shot up into position within 0.3 seconds when the vehicle threatened to overturn and integral seats which were able to withstand forces far in excess of those which might occur in a collision.

Mercedes-Benz R 230.

The most noticeable new feature of the next SL generation (R 230, 2001 to 2011) was the Vario roof. For the first time, this made it possible to have an open-top vehicle and a coupé in one – the transformation was completed within 16 seconds. The body design combined tradition and progress by way of striking details. The highlighted air openings in the front wings cited a typical feature of the 300 SL from the 1950s, for example. The narrow, wing-type profiles on these side air openings – which experts referred to as “fins” – were also reminiscent of the W 198. With a totally new safety concept, the SL of the R 230 model series clearly surpassed the standards which had applied up to this time. The list is long: apart from the body’s structural stability in any conceivable type of accident, other safety features included standard-specification electronic dynamic handling control systems such as Brake Assist (BAS), acceleration skid control (ASR) and the Electronic Stability Program ESP®. The Active Body Control suspension (ABC) was available for the first time on an SL. Further occupant protection items included two-stage airbags for driver and front passenger, head-thorax airbags in the doors, integral seats, high-performance emergency tensioning retractors, belt force limiters and the sensor-controlled rollbar, which also went into action when the Vario roof was closed.

The latest SL generation – with design features echoing its earliest forebears.

The most recent SL model series (R 231) has been available since 2012. The new generation featuring a technical and visual facelift is to be launched in April 2016, sporting an even more dynamic design. In evolving the radiator grille, for example, the designers have drawn inspiration from the SL’s earliest forebears. Powerful engines, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT with five transmission modes and Active Body Control with curve tilting function raise the roadster to a new level of driving comfort and sportiness. The soft top, which can now be operated at up to 40 km/h, and the automatic boot separator are additional amenities which further enhance the convenient user-friendliness of this luxury sports car.

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