5750 cc V-12 twin turbo
mph - limited
In designing the 2009 SL-Class, the Mercedes-Benz engineers
set out with the aim of accentuating the Roadster's sporty attributes.
This aspiration is reflected in the new, more aggressive, front-end
design featuring as its centerpiece a wide and, therefore, very
dominant V-shaped radiator grille. This is flanked by the flattened
and sinister looking headlights.
A horizontal louvre makes the radiator grille appear wider and,
in doing so, emphasizes the powerful aspect of the SL's front
end, making it seem surprisingly new yet also very familiar.
By using expressive stylistics in this way, the Mercedes designers
were able to forge a link with the SL's history and create a
front-end design that is reminiscent of the earlier SL Roadster
models, which also expressed their poise and assurance through
wide, very distinctive radiator grilles. Hence the front-end
design of the new-generation SL shows Mercedes-Benz taking the
styling of the legendary sports car to the next level by looking
to their past.
The designers also pay homage to the forefather of the SL model
series: the two powerdomes on the bonnet and the gill-style
air outlets in the front wings are unmistakable hallmarks of
the 300 SL from 1954 and have been given a modern interpretation
for the 2009 SL-Class.
The Mercedes SL-Class features safety and comfort equipment
in the form of bi-xenon headlamps, and an Intelligent Light
System whose light functions are designed specifically for typical
driving situations. Other new features onboard the 2009 SL 600
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. Passengers are kept
informed and entertained by the standard-fit COMAND multimedia
system, which has also been fully redeveloped for the 2009 model,
and features additional functions.
As soon as the ignition is switched on, the cockpit instruments
grab the driver's attention: the red speedometer and rev counter
needles are aroused from their "six o' clock position",
rotate once around the dials to their maximum values and then
revert to their zero positions.
The V12 powerplant in the SL 600, which develops 380 kW/517
hp thanks to its twin turbochargers has been reworked to reduce
fuel consumption by up to 0.4 litres per 100 kilometers.While
offering identical performance to the previous generation.
The SL 600 underlines its top billing in the SL line-up even
more clearly than previous years. Inside the passengers are
cosseted by extremely soft Exclusive nappa leather and trim
elements in elegant poplar wood. V12 emblems on the seat backrests,
on the centre steering wheel spoke and on the door sills, as
well as the uniquely designed interior door panels round off
the refined twelve-cylinder ambience perfectly. On the outside,
the flagship SL model is distinguishable by its exclusive 18-inch
ten-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels and discreet yet highly effective
detailing such as the matt-silver-painted louvres of the side
air outlets and the centre divider in the trapezoidal exhaust
tailpipe trims. Mercedes-Benz has upgraded the already extensive
standard-equipment package by adding the KEYLESS-GO system and
a remote-locking boot lid.
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