Pretty fit for 60
Here’s the first look at a ripping roadster for 2012
uber-luxury drop-top early this morning to reveal the lighter, quicker and more efficient convertible that will reach our part of the world in the third quarter of 2012.
It will be officially unveiled at the Detroit motor show next month.
This, Merc says, is a largely reinvented version of the 60-year-old model name. It is some 140kg lighter than the previous model with new tech ranging from BLUEDIRECT engines that achieve prodigious performance with frugal consumption, to the evocatively named Magic Vision Control — which turns out to be a windscreen wipewash device.
A neat new feature is Hand Free Access which brings contactless operation of the boot lid. The driver simply moves a foot in the vicinity of the
‘‘You would struggle to find a car that embodies Gottlieb Daimler’s aspiration more perfectly than our new SL: the best or nothing,’’ says head of Mercedes-benz Cars Dr Dieter Zetsche.
The new SL has a choice of two suspension systems, semi-active adjustable damping as standard and new electromechanical Direct-steer speed-sensitive power steering.
The flagship SL500 develops 320kw from its V8 and there’s a massive torque increase to 700Nm. The new V6 of the SL350 is good for 225kw/370nm and 6.8L/100km.
Uber-luxury: Next year’s SL is big on power and comfort yet
light on fuel