2006 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 25 April 2006 , 11:04:22 byEmil

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Mercedes-Benz SL 500

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 is a unique Roadster that provides its enthusiasts with excitement and driving pleasure at the highest level. It continues the "SL legend" which has existed for over 50 years. With a worldwide market share of 35 percent, the SL-Class is the clear market leader in its segment. The more direct steering together with the second-generation Active Body Control, ensure a new dimension of sportiness to the handling without any compromise on the high level of comfort. The more dynamic character of the revised SL even if it is stationary, is obvious thanks to the redesigned front, new rear light units as well as new light-alloy wheels. The shift paddles on the steering wheel provide the interior with a more luxurious look and feel. The sports car is powered by the newly developed V8 engine which developes 388 HP and 530 Nm of torque, accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in only 5.4 seconds, a 26 percent boost in performance. The SL 350 features an output which is 11 percent higher, despite the fact that the six-cylinder engine, achieves fuel savings of over one litre per 100 kilometres.The SL 600 integrating a V12 biturbo engine, sits at the top of the model range with an impressive output of 517 HP and 830 Nm, covering the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.5 seconds. Mercedes-Benz equips the V6 and V8 models of the new SL-Class with the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission as standard. Considered to be one of the milestones of automotive technology, the ABC active suspension system has been improved for the new SL-Class, taking it into a new dimension of handling dynamics. Furthermore, the increased engine output is now handled by the modified brake systems of the SL 350 and SL 500. The subtle changes of the body design include fog lamps with chrome surrounds, a more pronounced V-shape and a new bumper integrating three large cooling air intakes. Softer leather upholstery, new interior colours, high-quality metal door sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering and embossed aluminium trim elements, strongly define the stylish interior. The optional remote boot-lid release system allows a quick access to the boot at the touch of a button, thus offering a higher level of operating comfort.
The new generation SL-Class will have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006.