Open-top plea­sure

MERCEDES UP­DATES ITS CON­VERT­IBLE SL RANGE WITH NEW EN­GINES AND DE­SIGN TOUCHES

Virtuozity - - Auto News -

Mercedes-benz re­cently un­veiled the 2017 SL, with looks that echo last year’s model range. New for the up­com­ing year, though, is the ad­di­tion of the SL400, which fea­tures a V6 en­gine with 367 bhp.

The new SL500 has also been up­dated with a new V8 that now pro­duces 455 bhp. Ad­di­tional vari­ants in­clude the two Mercedes-amg mod­els in the guise of the SL 63 and SL 65, the lat­ter with a V12 en­gine.

The high-per­for­mance road­sters, SL 63 and SL 65, com­bine the hall­mark AMG driv­ing per­for­mance with the plea­sures of open-air mo­tor­ing and su­pe­rior com­fort on long jour­neys. New colours to the dis­tinc­tive Mercedes-benz pal­ette in­clude bril­liant blue and de­signo se­len­ite grey magno, while the range of 48.3 cm (19 inches) light-al­loy wheels has also been sig­nif­i­cantly ex­tended.

“For more than 60 years now, the Mercedes-benz model range with the “SL” acro­nym has en­thralled sports car fans around the world. The new Mercedes-benz SL is a top per­former in a wide va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines: an el­e­gant road­ster for re­laxed, com­fort­able cruis­ing or a dy­namic coupé for sporty trips on wind­ing roads. Few cars can draw on six decades of her­itage with such a clear eye to the fu­ture,” said Len­nart Mueller-teut, Head of Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mercedes-benz Cars Mid­dle East.

The lav­ishly ap­pointed in­te­rior has also been up­dated with an ex­pan­sive va­ri­ety of leather up­hol­stery colours and in­te­rior trim op­tions. A rich pal­ette of full-grain, smooth nappa and supreme sup­ple de­signo leathers com­ple­ment hand-fin­ished matte or high-gloss wood, tex­tured alu­minum, or gen­uine car­bon fiber. Car­bon-fi­bre trim and the ana­logue clock in IWC de­sign high­light the high-per­for­mance road­ster’s nat­u­ral el­e­gance. Com­pre­hen­sive in­di­vid­u­al­i­sa­tion of the in­te­rior is pos­si­ble with the broad se­lec­tion of leather fin­ishes and trim el­e­ments.

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