They are also renaming a few models as well as introducing new models into the market. The latest model to get a new face is the SL, the brand’s flagship sports roadster. We have more details on this latest derivative of the SL:
The SL has always been athletic and aesthetic at the same time. Now the designers have worked on bringing these characteristics even more to the fore. A particularly eye-catching feature is the revised front-end of the new edition of the SL. For its new appearance, traditional elements have been enhanced in an innovative and unmistakable manner. Inspiration came from the legendary 300 SL Panamericana racing car with its steeply raked radiator grille. This extends downwards, thus creating a completely individual "face" for the SL within the Mercedes-Benz model range. The grille is executed as the diamond radiator grille as standard.
Image: Mercedes-Benz SL500
The sculpted shape of the radiator grille harmonises perfectly with the now standard AMG body styling with the front apron in an A-wing design, which features a front splitter in the vehicle colour. Two power domes on the bonnet invoke the sporting heritage of the SL, while light-catching contours give additional structure to the bonnet.
The side view of the SL reveals iconic sports-car proportions, characterised by the long bonnet, the AMG side sill panels, the broad wheelbase and passenger compartment positioned towards the rear. Fine details create additional highlights. These include enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings. With the roof down, the SL shows off its attractive roadster contours with short, steeply angled A-pillars and frameless side windows. There is nothing to disrupt the clear lines.
Image: Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
Minimal gap dimensions and fully padded beltlines are just two examples of the top-class standards which the SL also embodies in the refined interior. The ambient lighting with three selectable colours (solar red, polar blue, polar white) ensures an emotional lighting mood. The upper part of the dashboard forms a unit with the door beltlines and four round air vents featuring an engine look create sporty highlights.
The three-spoke sports steering wheel has a magnesium structure and features an ergonomic grip area and a high-quality finish. The airbag module too, is finished in Nappa leather with topstitching. Twelve control buttons provide access to the menu navigation in the instrument cluster as well as the audio system, telephone and voice entry. The steering wheel rim has a flattened bottom section, and silver-coloured steering-wheel shift paddles enable manual gear changes to be made.
The instrument cluster with a two-tube look for displaying speed and rpm combines classic circular instruments with modern display technology. Dials and pointers have a new sporty design. Up to 60 km/h, the speed scale is indicated in steps of 10. When starting up, the pointers move from the six o'clock position once around the entire scale and then return to the starting position. The driver is also greeted in style by the TFT multifunction display, located between the circular instruments. On start-up it shows a front view of the SL.
As for the engines, Mercedes-Benz will be making use of the current line-up of bi-turbocharged eight and twelve cylinder units. The SL500 will feature 330kW and 600Nm of torque whereas the SL63 will make use of 430kW and 800Nm. The mighty 6.0-litre V12 will have 463kW and over 1 000Nm of torque. The SL will also be fitted with the brand’s new 9G-Tronic gearbox; not only does this help improve economy it helps keep the engine performing at its peak.