Mercedes has released a stunning new roadster with an all-aluminium body to make it lightweight, fast and efficient. The line-up includes V6 and V8 models.
The "SL" initials - which, in case you are not already aware, stands for "sporty and lightweight" are really appropriate in this case. The new roadster weighs up to 140kg less than the one it replaces and its new range of 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines are cleaner and faster than their predecessors.
The SL's celebrated bloodline can be traced back to the very first SL launched way back in 1952. This car is still a hot favourite in today's classic car market. The 2012 model, however, has its headlights firmly fixed on the future, with a lightweight aluminium body and a host of innovative technological features.
Mercedes has for the first time ever launched an all-aluminium production car. This makes it 110kg lighter than its steel predecessor - and more efficient, agile and rigid.
Initially two engines will be available, both featuring stop-start. The SL 500 will have a 4.7-litre V8 engine producing 429bhp and the SL 350 a 3.5-litre V6 producing 302bhp. Although the new V8 is 12% more powerful than the one it replaces, its fuel economy is 22% better. In the case of the V6, fuel economy will be nearly 30% better than the previous model.
When it comes to performance, the SL 500 reaches the 62mph mark 0.8 seconds faster than its predecessor - 4.6 seconds instead of 5.4 seconds.
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