Mercedes-Benz Sl Class

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SL CLASS CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITIONS - SL 400 Grand Edition 2dr 9G-Tronic



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The Mercedes SL has long been the definitive luxury sportscar. So can this improved sixth generation version deliver that concept afresh for the modern era? The experts at Car & Driving check it out.


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
SL CLASS CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITIONS
SL 400 Grand Edition 2dr 9G-Tronic
PETROL
£76,390.00
SL CLASS CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITIONS
SL 400 Grand Edition Premium 2dr 9G-Tronic
PETROL
£80,385.00
SL CLASS CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITIONS
SL 500 Grand Edition 2dr 9G-Tronic
PETROL
£85,090.00
SL CLASS CONVERTIBLE SPECIAL EDITIONS
SL 500 Grand Edition Premium 2dr 9G-Tronic
PETROL
£89,085.00

Ten Second Review

Luxury sportscar buyers traditionally sold on the charms of a Mercedes SL will certainly be sold on this significantly revised sixth generation version, now improved with more powerful engines, a 9-speed auto gearbox, a 'Dynamic Select' drive dynamics system and Active Body Control. They'll like the lithe proportions and smarter styling - and the luxurious technology. But there's so much more to this car than that. It is, in every respect, a landmark machine for its maker. As every SL should be.

Background

There aren't many truly iconic cars in the modern motor industry - but this is one of them: the Mercedes SL. The fundamental thinking behind standard setters of this sort doesn't tend to alter very much, but here it's different. Over six generations spanning as many decades, everything has changed about this car - yet in many ways, nothing is different. For Three-Pointed Star buyers, it's still the ultimate expression of sporting opulence and remains perhaps the definitive face of this legendary luxury brand. Yet one that over more than sixty years has changed from supercar to sports roadster and from there through boulevard cruiser to autobahn bruiser. A design, in other words, that through its lifetime, has managed at different times and in different forms to define everything a sportscar should be. Here, we have the improved sixth generation version, a car that, like the 1952 original, properly lives up to its name. 'SL', after all, stands for 'Sport Leicht' and this car, like that one, is made almost entirely from lightweight aluminium. Only this way, Stuttgart seems to think, can a modern luxury sportscar makes sense in the modern era and meet the contradictory demands of smarter speed and frugal fuel returns. Are they right? We're going to find out.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
191
CO2 (g/km)
197
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
206
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
216
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
223
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
215
Noise Level dB(A)
71
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
88
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
82.1
CC
2996
Cylinders
6
Cylinder Layout
V6
Number of Valves
24
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TWIN TURBO
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Compression Ratio
10.5:1
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
9 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
WLTP - MPG - Low
18.8
WLTP - MPG - Low
19.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium
32.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium
28.5
WLTP - MPG - High
36.7
WLTP - MPG - High
33.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
34
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
32.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb
31
WLTP - MPG - Comb
29.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
29.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
28.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
15
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
14.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
9.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
9.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
9.8
General
Coin Series
Grand Edition
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
True
Special Order
False
Based On ID
82459
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
48E
Service Interval Mileage
15500
Service Interval Frequency - Months
12
Badge Power
367
Badge Engine CC
3.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
AdBlue
False
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
30
Performance
Engine Power - BHP
367
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
0 to 62 mph (secs)
4.9
Top Speed
155
Engine Power - KW
270
Engine Power - RPM
5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
369
Engine Torque - NM
500
Engine Torque - RPM
2000
Engine Torque - MKG
51
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Wheel Style
7-twin-spoke
Tyre Size Rear
285/30 R19
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
19" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
255/35 R19
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Length
4631
Width
1877
Wheelbase
2585
Width (including mirrors)
2099
Height
1314
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
364
No. of Seats
2
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.04
Minimum Kerbweight
1735
Gross Vehicle Weight
2115
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
75
Max. Loading Weight
360
Max. Loading Weight
380
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Driving Experience

A touch upon the silver starter button reveals a muted muffled roar from beneath the enormous bonnet that stretches out before you, tonally tuned by the size of the engine you've specified. Almost all are more powerful now. Perhaps the 367bhp 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 of the entry-level SL400. Or the 455bhp of the 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 SL500. There are AMG options beyond this to try and snare the supercar set and act as stepping stones to the awesome SLS gullwing and roadster models: namely the 5.5-litre V8 of the SL63 AMG which can put out as much as 585bhp. Or if you really must, the 6.0-litre V12 of the SL65 AMG which, with 630bhp, is arguably the fastest thing Mercedes makes. The SL400 and SL500 models get a new 9G-TRONIC 9-speed auto gearbox but the AMG variants stay with a sharper AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed set-up. Across the range, SL drivers benefit from 'Dynamic Select' adjustable damping, a set-up you can tweak via 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport Plus' and 'Individual' modes to suit the mood you're in and the road you're on. Another option is 'Active Body Control' with a curve tilting function. This reduces body movement through the bends in a way that's almost eerie. These changes do much to make the SL a more involving driver's proposition. Dynamically, this car has always sat rather uneasily somewhere between a Porsche 911 Cabriolet and a BMW 6 Series, not as sharp as the 911, not as luxurious as the Six. With this improved sixth generation SL, the difference is fundamental. In this, we've a car arguably able to offer much of the best of both worlds.

Design and Build

Let's start with the fineries of fashion - classic SL proportions that have evolved through six generations and nearly half the history of this famous brand: the long bonnet, the compact passenger cell set well back within the wheelbase and a muscular, racy-looking tail. Changes to this improved MK6 model include a re-sculpted radiator grille that harmonises with the now standard AMG bodystyling. 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 revised appearance of this SL is the standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System with its headlamp housing extending far to the outside and an integrated torch-shaped unit comprising the daytime running lamp/position lamp and direction indicator. The side view of this SL reveals enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings. But it's what you can't see that's important here. 'SL' may stand for 'Sport Leicht' but historically, this model has always been something of a sporting heavy hitter. That changed when this sixth generation version first arrived in 2012 and the decision was made to construct the car entirely from aluminium. Of course, this car could have been a lot lighter still if the designers had dispensed with the bulky electrically operated Vario metal folding roof that only Mercedes now provides in this segment. It eats into boot space and makes it impossible for this car to offer the pair of occasional rear seats you'll find in competitors from Jaguar, BMW and Porsche but it's also one of the things that most appeals about this car to city-based buyers. The mechanism is still slower than a fabric hood would be but in this model has been speeded up to raise or lower the elaborate metal panels in a respectably rapid 20 seconds. And it can now be used at speeds of up to 25mph. When up, if you've specified what Mercedes calls 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL', you'll get a neat system that uses electro-reactive particles to switch the roof panel from light to dark at the press of a button.
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Mercedes-Benz Sl Class Review