Mercedes SL-Class

Mercedes SL-Class

  The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of automobiles with some of the most prestigious nameplates in the motor industry. The designation, which means "Sport Light" or in German, Sport Leicht, first appeared on the 1954 300SL 'Gullwing' so nicknamed because of its passenger doors which opened upwards.

Naturally aspirated engines seem destined for the endangered species’ list as forced induction makes its way into nearly every mainstream category. The latest example is the new SL400 roadster Mercedes announced today. It’s a direct replacement for the SL350 roadster with the only real change centered around the new 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6.

The new biturbo V-6 might be down on displacement from its 3.5-liter predecessor, but it makes up for it with power — 26 extra horses and 81 extra pound-feet. Mercedes says 0 to 62 mph time will drop 0.7 seconds, doing the deed in 5.2 seconds on its way to its 155-mph governed top speed. While Mercedes does have a nine-speed transmission available for use, the German automaker decided the current seven-speed unit would suffice for the SL400.

The biturbo V-6 was first seen last year in the E400 sedan, though it made less power. Like that engine, the SL400’s mill features some pretty snazzy tech to create tire-turning torque while keeping the EPA (and customers’ wallets) happy. Its direct-injection fuel system features Piezo injectors that squirt fuel up to five times per power stroke for an even burn. The pressure at which they operate is varied based on engine mapping and certain conditions. Lighting the fuel is an ignition system that creates multiple sparks over during the same power stroke of each piston. Just like the fuel, the individual spark events are variable in their timing — all in an effort for the cleanest, most power-producing burn possible.

Mercedes says the SL400 will get 32 mpg while producing minimal tailpipe emissions.

Updated 08/27/14: Mercedes has released pricing details for the SL400. The model also has extra options that you can have installed at a cost.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes-Benz SL 400.

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When Mercedes released the latest generation of the SL-Class , some people thought that the designers may have erred a little bit too much on the side of making it look like the rest of the Benz lineup. Instead of fitting in with the legendary history of the SL nameplate, the latest version didn’t seem to excite buyers in quite the same way. Buyers worried that the recently-redesigned SLK-Class looked a little bit too much like its bigger brother, and while the SLK certainly benefited greatly from its most recent redesign, perhaps buyers of the over-$100,000 SL weren’t too excited about their car looking so much like a sub-$50,000 SLK.

Marcus Piecha was one of those people, and perceiving a reluctance to purchase the latest SL, he set about coming up with a solution. The Mercedes-Benz SL "Avalange GT-R" is exactly that, an aerodynamics and appearance package that he believes will make the Mercedes-Benz SL much more desirable.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SL "Avalange GT-R" By Piecha Design.

The unveiling of the Mercedes SL-Class two years ago also gave way to the arrival of the model’s two performance-oriented models: the SL63 AMG and the SL65 AMG . The SL63 AMG model is regarded as an incredible machine, but it probably won’t hurt if you give it the 2Look Edition upgrade that a lot of other Mercedes models have received, including the SL-Class .

The dynamic characteristic of the SL63 AMG 2Look Edition is clearly evident in the way the new components all come together to create a far more aggressive look for the SL63 AMG. Be it the new exterior digs, or the interior refinements, the SL63 AMG 2Look Edition comes with a comprehensive list that will turn an already powerful sports car into the envy of everybody. It is called "2Look" for a reason, right?

The 2Look package for the SL63 AMG will set you back €9,401 — about $13,000 based on current exchange rates. Add that to the €134.950 ($186,703) price for SL63 AMG and you’re looking at a total price of €144,351 ($199,709). This package is also available on the SL65 AMG model for €5,355 — about $7,400. Unfortunately, the 2Look Edition is currently only available in Mercedes’ home country of Germany.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG 2Look Edition.

It’s still years away from launching, but as early as now, talks of the next-generation Mercedes SL-Class have begun to take shape. The biggest news, other than the fact that it will be an all-new model, is the advanced new platform the SL stands to receive together with the next-generation SLK .

According to Auto Express, the 2019 SL-Class will be significantly different from the one running around the streets of the world these days. The biggest change, it seems, is Mercedes ’ ratcheting up the efficiency of its new models. In the case of the SL-Class, that comes with the adoption of its MFA and MRA common modular architectures for front and rear-wheel-drive models, allowing a multitude of vehicles to be built on the same platform.

It’s an easier approach that should cut production costs for these vehicles. Granted, neither the MFA nor the MRA architectures will be used on the SL and SLK-Class, but rather a third platform, the modular sports car architecture (MSA), that will be used on both models.

The adoption of the MSA platform on both the SL and SLK will be a stark contrast from the current setup, specifically the exclusive use of a bespoke chassis platform on the SL. But once the modular platform comes into the picture, the manufacturing process for both models will also shift and become geared toward sharing elements like the front bulkhead and parts of the suspension. Also, don’t underestimate the convenience of both models being built in the same factory.

On the flip side, you can still expect some unique styling details for both the new SL and SLK-Class. Even with the shared platform, certain elements, like the dimensions of the both vehicles, will still be kept different. This allows both cars to still have that unique look about them that differentiates one from the other. Diversity will still be there, even though the skeletons for both models are going to be the same.

It’s a bold new direction that really shouldn’t surprise anyone given the commitment Mercedes has to the SL-Class as one of its most important models. But like we said, changes aren’t imminent so don’t expect anything drastic.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2019 Mercedes SL-Class.

Source: AutoExpress

Note: Current SL63 AMG shown here.

This week has seen some shake-ups with the SL-Class lineup from Mercedes. The German automaker’s latest announcement centers on the mighty SL63 roadster. In an apparent move to streamline the lineup, Mercedes is cutting the Performance Package option, but adding even more horsepower to the standard car.

With the current Performance Package, the 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 got a 27 horsepower bump in output over the standard SL63’s 529 horsepower. But all 2015 SL63s will come with 577 horsepower standard. Adding to that, a new mechanical locking differential will help put power to the ground more effectively.

It’s likely Mercedes is stirring the SL pot in hopes of drumming up sales. Though it’s only two years old, the latest generation of SL-Class hasn’t seen a major update since its release. The car has historically been a slow seller, focusing mainly on quality over quantity for those well off enough for those who can afford a $100,000, two-seat convertible. For 2013, Mercedes sold just over 7,000 units — considerably more than the 4,899 units it sold in 2012.

This news comes directly after Mercedes announced the axing of the Euro-spec SL350 in favor of the new SL400 powered by a smaller, yet more powerful 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6. Luckily, the U.S. will also be getting the new SL400, adding to the SL550, SL63 AMG, and SL65 AMG models already available here.

We’ll bring you more details on the SL63 AMG once Mercedes reveals them all, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

Source: AutoCar

If you’ve been a fan of the retractable hardtop on the Mercedes SL and, prepare yourself for some bad news. Apparently, the next-generation SL will be available only as soft-top models. The SLK, which will share its underpinnings with the SL in the next generation, will carry on with its hard top.

The changes are still significant enough that it could alter the look of the SL. But that’s the gamble Mercedes in trying to reduce the car’s weight. In some ways, that could be a boon for fans of the luxury roadster, as less weight means it will use its power more effectively.

Speaking of power, the next-gen SL and SLK models are also expected to be offered with new engines, including four- and six-cylinders for the SLK, and a new 3.0-liter, inline-six for the SL. Performance numbers haven’t been announced just yet, but the four-cylinder in the SLK is likely able to produce around 240 horsepower, with the six-cylinder ticked significantly higher at around 335 horsepower to 435 horsepower. As for the SL’s new inline-six, that baby could have 365 ponies on tap.

With all these changes in tow, don’t expect these changes to happen soon, as a next-gen SL isn’t expected until 2021.

Note: Current Mercedes SLK pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLK.

Source: Autobild

EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon took the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible and the Mercedes SL63 AMG out for a track battle and made some pretty interesting observations regarding both sports cars. On one hand, Bovingdon took the SL63 AMG to task for having a heavy steering, making it really difficult to handle out on corners. While he did admit to the car possessing some mad horsepower under its hood — 537 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, to be exact — Bovingdon didn’t seem too comfortable behind the wheel of the Mercedes, often lamenting how tricky the car was to handle out on the track. But still, it was able to complete a lap of 1:23.9 so it’s still pretty fast given all the circumstances Bovingdon appeared to deal with.

On the other hand, the XKR-S really got the EVO host’s attention, because in his eyes, the Jaguar was an even trickier car to handle compared to the SL63 AMG. Power was also not a problem seeing as the XKR-S is capable of lighting up the rev meters to the tune of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, but as far as Bovingdon was concerned, getting it and around the track without breaking any sweat was a task that proved to be far easier said than done. And the 1:25.7 lap time proved as much.

Maybe Jaguar was on to something when it decided to kill off the entire XK line, huh?

It’s not the most bombastic special-edition vehicle Mercedes has released, but there’s something to be said for the SL 2LOOK Edition. If class can be found in the simplest of canvases, the SL 2LOOK Edition is manifestation of that.

The car was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show together with the SLK CarbonLOOK and while its partner-in-crime shows what Mercedes’ dark side could look like, the SL 2LOOK Edition is presented in a little more classy look, complete with various contrast finishes and some sprinkles of AMG involvement.

Both cars are scheduled to be available to the public soon, but for now, enjoy them as they continue to make an impression at the Geneva Motor Show. Sooner or later, a lot of you might have to pull out your pockets to get them as options for your respective Mercedes’.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SL 2LOOK Edition.

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Every car addict out there should know that the best way to really enjoy your toy is to push it to its limits. Of course, there are many enthusiasts that prefer to keep their toys in a vacuum-sealed box, and only touch it with soft gloves. This certainly does not describe how Bob Sirna cares for his pride and joy, as he finds great joy in racing his pricey classic Benz on the salt flats of Bonneville.

Over the years we’ve seen plenty of unique cars running the salt flatsat Bonneville, but Bob’s rig it one that no one would expect to see on the flats: a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing .

Why is this car unusual on the race track? Well, because with a price of over 1 million dollars, the classic 300SL seems to be perfect for a concourse or a museum. not trying to break land-speed records at Speed Week. Still, in the past 12 years, Bob has brought his Gullwing to the salt flats in an effort to break records and cure his "salt fever."

Check out the video to see a guy that lives by the "Enjoy your toys" motto.

Some of you might be a little cynical when it comes to magic and rightfully so because we’d all like to believe in a world where physics will have a serious say on how the world works.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a good trick when we see one.

British magician, Dynamo, is one of the most well-known street magicians in the world today. He’s capable of doing all sorts of tricks, ranging from the card variety all the way to levitating beside Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

His latest trick, though, is closer to home because it involves a Mercedes SL65 AMG and one of our favorite F1 drivers in recent years, David Coulthard .

We’re not going to waste any details divulging the inner workings of Dynamo’s trick because that wouldn’t do justice to actually watching the video and being the judges for yourselves.

That being said, it is a pretty cool trick and something that we highly advise nobody starts doing now or anytime soon.

Click past the jump to watch the video of Dynamo’s trick with David Coulthard and the Mercedes SL65 AMG


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