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.
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.
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.