Mercedes-Benz SL500 alternatives

Latest model: Mercedes-Benz SL500 2006
Mercedes-Benz SL500 2006Four years on from its release, the successful Mercedes-Benz Sl-class has undergone a number of improvements, the most significant being in the areas of engineering, layout and dashboard attributes. The engines, powertrain and chassis have been optimised to deliver a sportier response. As a result, the original Roadster now provides an even more enjoyable dynamic driving experience while perpetuating the SL legend which has existed for over 50 years. New V6 and V8 engines, as well as an even more comprehensive V12 powerplant, deliver assured driving pleasure. Second-generation Active Body Control and the more direct steering add an cool new dimension of sportiness to the handling without compromising the high level of convenience which is one of the hallmarks of the SL. The refactored front, new back light units and new light-alloy wheels reflect the more dynamic character of the updated SL even when it is stationary. New dashboard attributes as well as painstaking attention to the details of the new materials and colour schemes give the dashboard an even more premium exterior and feel. Shift paddles on the helm - which form part of the auxillary 7G-TRONIC Sport suite - underline the dynamic character of the improved Sl-class.

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With an output of 285 Kw/388 hp and 530 newton metres of torque, the newly designed V8 motor in the Mercedes-Benz SL 500 provides everything that is expected of a comprehensive sports vehicle. The eight-cylinder unit has a displacement of 5. 5 litres and is one of the most comprehensive engines in its displacement class. The Mercedes-Benz SL 500 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5. 4 seconds (predecessor model: 6. 2 seconds). Despite the 26 percent boost in performance, the fuel consumption (NEDC combined) matches that of the predecessor model at 12. 2 litres per 100 kilometres.

The six-cylinder motor in the SL 350 is another new unit. Although this 200-kw/ 272-hp V6 powerplant achieves fuel savings of over one litre per 100 kilometres, its output is 11 percent higher. The combined NEDC fuel consumption is 10. 3 litres per 100 kilometres. The SL 350 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6. 6 seconds, making it more than half a second faster than the predecessor model.

At the top of the model range is the SL 600 with its V12 biturbo motor. The output and maximum torque of this unit have been increased to 380 Kw/517 hp and 830 newton metres respectively. This twelve-cylinder motor accelerates the Sl-class from zero to 100 km/h in just 4. 5 seconds (predecessor model: 4. 7 seconds).