Mercedes Benz SL-Class (2008)

Mercedes Benz SL

Mercedes Benz SL-Class (2008)

Mercedes Benz will continue its long tradition of producing legendary sports cars when it launches the new-generation SL-Class in spring 2008. The world's most successful premium roadster in itS-Class features a new design with the emphasis firmly on sportiness and effortless assurance. These traits are also reflected in the handling qualities of the two-seater model, which now delivers even more athletic performance thanks to the new optional direct-steer system as well as offering enhanced comfort and safety.

The Mercedes Benz SL 350 is powered by a newly developed, extremely high-revving sports engine boasting an impressive output of 315 hp yet returns a fuel consumption figure that is improved by 1.1 mpg over that of its predecessor. The SL range will feature a six-cylinder model in the shape of the SL 350 as well as the familiar SL 500 with a V8 engine and the top-of-the-range SL 600 with a V12 powerplant. The Mercedes sports car extends its lead in the safety stakes courtesy of bi-xenon headlamps, included as standard, and the Intelligent Light System whose light functions are designed specifically for typical driving situations. Further new features on board include AIRSCARF neck-level heating. This system – invented by Mercedes Benz and available as an optional extra – enhances comfort when driving with the roof down, extending the roadster season until well into the winter months. SL passengers are kept informed and entertained by the standard-fit COMMAND multimedia system, which has also been fully redeveloped and features additional functions.

The new-generation Mercedes Benz SL caps a glorious history of Mercedes sports cars, which began in 1954 with the introduction of the legendary 300 SL "Gullwing", followed in 1957 by the launch of the first SL Roadster. To date, the Stuttgart manufacturer has produced a total of over 630,000 SL sports cars.  10,070 SL Roadsters have been sold in the UK since the launch in 2002.

Like its predecessors, the new-generation SL also merits its "incomparable" tag. No other sports car in this market segment offers such a perfect balance of sportiness, safety and comfort. These three qualities are the cornerstones of highly eventful, active motoring that provides a profound sense of well-being – for hallmark Mercedes refinement at the highest, sportiest level.

Published 31 January 2008 Melanie Carter

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