Mercedes-Benz has announced pricing and specification for the new SL-Class, which has been updated with more powerful engines, new 9-speed automatic transmission, Dynamic Select driving modes with five transmission modes and Active Body Control with curve tilting function.
The new Mercedes-Benz SL range comprises three models from launch, the SL 400, SL 500 and AMG SL 63.
The range kicks off with the $218,715 plus on-road costs SL 400, which utilises a 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that develops 270 kW and 500 Nm of torque. The SL 400 will arrive on local shores standard equipment including leather upholstery, Harman Kardon Logic 7 600W surround sound system with 11 loudspeakers (including 200 mm woofers in both the driver and passenger footwells), headrest heating, heated and ventilated sport seats and a DVB Digital TV Tuner. Over its predecessor, the range now incorporates AMG Body Styling, COMAND Online with Apple CarPlay, LED Intelligent Light System and 19” wheels as standard.
The mid range SL 500 is powered by a 4.7-litre V8 bi-turbo engine, which delivers 335 kW and 700 Nm. In addition to the standard level of equipment, the SL 500 arrives with Nappa Leather Upholstery, Black Ash high gloss wood trim, a Wood/Leather steering wheel and Power closing doors.
The range topping Mercedes-AMG SL 63 packs a 5.5-litre V8 bi-turbo engine, delivering 430kW and 900Nm of torque, while accelerating from 0–100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Features exclusive to the AMG SL 63 include AMG 19/20” Wheels, AMG sports suspension based on Active Body Control, AMG locking rear differential, AMG high-performance braking system and AMG sports exhaust system.
In addition, the SL 63 variant arrives with Exclusive Nappa Leather upholstery, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system, AMG specific IWC clock, AMG Active multi-contour seats, and a panoramic vario-roof as standard.
The steel suspension of the standard chassis features continuously variable dampers. In conjunction with the AMG Line equipment the suspension is lowered by 10 mm and fitted with firmer springs and torsion-bar stabilisers.
The optionally available Active Body Control (ABC) features curve tilting function (SL 400 and SL 500 only). ABC reduces body movements when moving off, braking and cornering. The spring struts of the ABC suspension are adjusted to the respective driving conditions via so-called plunger cylinders (by oil pressure), therefore making torsion-bar stabilisers on the front and rear axle, which can hamper comfort, unnecessary.
All models in the SL range will arrive with the Driver Assistance Package PLUS as standard, which includes Distance Pilot DISTRONIC autonomous intelligent cruise control with Steering Assist, Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Australian pricing (excluding on-roads):
SL 400: $218,715
SL 500: $278,715
AMG SL 63: $368,715