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MAKE: Mercedes-benz MODEL: SL500 BODY: Lux­ury two-door con­vert­ible PRICE: From $353,350* drive away EN­GINE: 4.7-litre tur­bocharged V8 petrol POWER: 320kw @ 5250rpm TORQUE: 700Nm @ 1800rpm TRANS­MIS­SION: Seven-speed au­to­matic, rear-wheel drive FUEL CON­SUMP­TION: 9.1 litres/100km PER­FOR­MANCE: 0-100kmh sprint in 4.6 sec­onds AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: Check with dealer DEALER: Trin­ity Mercedes-benz, Mcleod St, Cairns, ph: 4050 5000 WEB­SITE: www.mb­trin­ity.com.au to its new sus­pen­sion, op­tion­able to so­phis­ti­cated Ac­tive Body Con­trol but un­nec­es­sary we think.

Quan­ti­fy­ing the SL500’S sporty prow­ess is a 0-100kmh sprint time of a mere 4.6 sec­onds.

It has su­per-sharp steer­ing re­sponse and with the dy­nam­ics di­alled up to Sport, the drive feel is “fully con­nected”.

Other as­pects of the car’s dy­nam­ics are im­pres­sive – the mon­strous brakes, the wide, grippy tyres, the taut ride con­trol, the rock-solid chas­sis – all con­tribut­ing to the car’s sporty ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

SAFETY

It is safe too with a swag of ac­tive and pas­sive sys­tems to ei­ther help avoid a col­li­sion or mit­i­gate in­jury. At­ten­tion As­sist, Adap­tive Brakes, Pre-safe and Dis­tronic Plus (radar cruise con­trol) are all part of the pack­age.

VER­DICT

It looks too much like a scaled-up SLK from some an­gles. Price-wise it’s about $130K* cheaper than the SLS, but with plenty of op­tions to jack up the price. It doesn’t sound quite as good as the 6.3-litre V8 – not bad though.

Over all, the SL500 is a su­perb driver’s car. * Con­tact Trin­ity Mercedes-benz, Cairns city, for full drive-away prices on 4050 5000.

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