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A deep, low growl prickles the hairs on the back of your neck; a sharp, piercing snarl jolts your heart – the engine of the SL is unmistakable and inescapable. As it turns the corner it draws all eyes. It has the ferocity of a wild animal, yet the composure of an orchestra conductor. The result of more than 60 years of research and refinement, the newest SL has arrived.
The SL is a roadster, and its name derives from the German Sportlich-Leicht, which translates to Sport Lightweight.
A masterpiece on four wheels, the SL is a head-turner. With a body constructed almost entirely from die-cast, chilled-cast, hydro-formed and extruded aluminium, it’s over 100kg lighter than its predecessor, yet more rigid. With the roof up it’s a classic coupé; with it down it’s the perfect cabriolet. Either way, it is the quintessential Mercedes-Benz two-seater convertible.
Every inch of the SL re-affirms its thoroughbred heritage: its strongly defined front-end, accentuated by sharp lines, an athletic apron, a steeply-raked grille and piercing head-lamps all paint a picture. Its irresistible profile floats on any selection of 19-inch alloy wheels and its tail perfectly rounding off a flawless execution. Finer details, such as chrome fins on the bonnet and front fenders, daytime LED running lights, dynamic AMG side skirts, set it apart.
The polished interior of SL has the appeal of a sports car and the comfort of a flagship luxury sedan. The generous space, particularly for a roadster, will impress even the most discerning drivers. A standard 14-speaker Harmon Kardon sound-system immaculately reproduces every note, in every model except the SL 400 and SL 500. Plus, you have the option of adding a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen package to get the ultimate high-end sound experience. Every surface was made to be enjoyed, maximising comfort and driving pleasure.
It wouldn’t be a Mercedes-Benz without cutting-edge technology. From the SL’s panoramic vario-roof with optional Magic Sky Control – which turns the clear glass roof opaque at the touch of a button – to the Intelligent Light System which can rotate the head-lamps 15° in any direction, it sets a new standard. Active Body Control enhances riding comfort and the fully-integrated electronic draught-stop creates a virtual cabin with the top down.
The SL Roadster has been dubbed the world’s safest roadster, which comes as no surprise when you take in the array of safety features and driver’s aids. Active Brake Assist, flashing adaptive brake lights and Active Blind Spot Assist all act in unison to avoid accidents, acting autonomously when necessary. If a collision is unavoidable, PRE-SAFE takes proactive measures to ensure minimal harm to all passengers.