Mercedes Benz Unveils Prices For Its Summer Stars - Safety Features | Part Three

Coupling high levels of performance with equally remarkable refinement is a fine art, and it is an art mastered by the SL 600. The 12-cylinder engine is extremely smooth and quiet in everyday driving, which is in keeping with the refined nature of the car.

This luxury continues inside, with Exclusive embossed Nappa leather seats with massaging dynamic multi-contour backrests. A wood and leather-trimmed gear shift and steering wheel, TV Tuner for the standard COMAND audio and navigation system is also standard. Sound is provided by a Bose speaker system, and the standard Nokia 6310i mobile hands-free telephone is mounted discreetly in the centre armrest.

Externally, the SL 600 differs from its stablemates with exclusive 18" wheels. Front tyres of 255/40 R18 and rears of 285/35 R18 provide plenty of grip, and Active Body Control (ABC) keeps things on the level when cornering or driving over undulating roads. Chrome trim around the radiator, silver brake callipers and V12 badging on the side air intakes and bi-xenon headlights also subtly lift the visual appeal of the new Roadster.

Peace Of Mind As Standard On Every Car

A brace of other safety features – ABS anti-lock braking with BAS Brake Assist (as part of the SBC™ system in the SL 600's case) are standard across both ranges. ESP (Electronic Stability Program) maintains safe progress even in extreme driving conditions.

Four airbags (two front airbags and side head-thorax airbags) are standard as part of Mercedes Benz’s integrated safety solution. The new cars are also fitted with rollover sensors as standard.

If the vehicle rolls, the car triggers the side airbags and seat belt tensioners to help protect occupants. In the case of the SL-Class, a roll-over hoop pops up to protect occupants, while in the CLK-Class Cabriolet, two strengthened head rests perform the same job.

A less obvious but equally useful feature is Mercedes Benz’s Speedtronic cruise control system. Speedtronic can – at the flick of the cruise control lever - keep the car within designated speed limits, meaning improved safety for other road users, as well as reducing the risk of speeding-related licence endorsements. It’s obviously no substitute for careful driving, but in conjunction with a conscientious driver, is a useful thing to have.

Every CLK-Class Cabriolet and SL-Class Roadster has ASSYST variable servicing intervals as standard. The cars also come with a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, and Mercedes Benz's industry-leading mobilo-life warranty cover. Warranties for protection against inside-to-outside corrosion and breakdown cover are commonplace in the industry, but only Mercedes Benz has the confidence to extend this cover for 30 years - three decades - from the date of first registration.

Published 27 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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