It's an automotive icon, with a history that dates back to the 1950s. Now, it's undergone some improvements. The Mercedes SL has a powerful engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, five dynamic drive programs -- and the suspension is equipped with an Active Curve Tilting feature. The SL has always been a top-of-the-line touring roadster, and the new model continues that tradition. We're going to test an AMG SL 63 that has a power output of 430 kw.
One feature that makes every-day driving more enjoyable is that you can open and close the roof while you're on the road, provided you don't exceed speeds of 40 km per hour.
When you open the trunk, the folding deck pops up automatically -- and the partition in the luggage compartment slides back. All of this makes it easier to load and unload your gear.
You can almost hear the power of the SL's 5.5-litre twin-turbo engine. Our test-car made it from a standing start to 100 km per hour in just 4.1 seconds. The SL's automatic speed-limiter kicks in at 250 km per hour -- but you can boost that to 300 with the AMG Driver's Package. The SL comes equipped with one of two suspension options: "sport" and "comfort." The car feels really stable -- both on the open road, and in curves. Will Beaumont says it was a pleasure to drive, particularly out in the countryside.
The SL's interior is pure luxury -- including the leather steering-wheel cover. (to 3:57
The ventilation nozzles on this edition of the SL recall the design of previous models. The SL sells for about € 162,000 in Germany -- leather sport seats included. (to 4:14)
The SL comes with five Drive Select modes. You can swtich from one to the other, depending on personal taste and road conditions.