2012 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL has been formed almost entirely with aluminum and, as a result, weighs nearly 125kg less than the SL predecessor.

The aluminum bodyshell and lower weight means the car is a lot more agile and easier to handle than previous Mercedes-Benz SL cars. The aluminum shell isn't the only outstanding new feature of the 2012 SL, either!

Engine

The BlueDIRECT engines in the new SL are far more powerful and yet up to 29% more economical than other SL engines. The fact that the car is carrying a lot less weight also aids less fuel consumption and increases the dynamism of the car.

In comparison to other SL versions, the 2012 edition offers a lot more comfort to drivers, thanks to the lengthening the body and the slight increase in width of the car. While the car has slightly larger dimensions that what you'd normally expect, it means there's a lot more space for you to enjoy inside the car (both shoulder room and elbow room have increased).

New Features

Several new features have been incorporated into the new SL including the unique and highly efficient Magic Vision Control system and the Front bass system. The Magic Vision Control system allows your windscreen to be wiped clean without obscuring your vision since it doesn't splash water across the whole windscreen. Fully heated wipers are also available for the first time, so you can stop ice forming on your wiper blades during cold weather.

The other unique feature, the Front bass system, uses free space near the footwells to increase bass resonance. Even when you have the top down, you'll still get crisp audio.

Existing features including the retractably vario-roof (now available as painted, glass or a panoramic roof that uses Magic Sky control) and the operating mechanisms have been modified. The roof now takes under 20 seconds to open/close completely!

As usual, the new SL follows the long-standing Mercedes-Benz tradition and has provided us with another aesthetically honed and luxurious new car that has been finished with the fine materials, style and character that you'd expect from Mercedes-Benz.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Coupe Base Price: £68,360.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21 gallons (80 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 20 city / 39 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 179.5 in. (456 cm) Wheel Base: 100.7 in. (256 cm)
Height: 51.8 in. (131.7 cm) Width: 71.6 in. (182 cm)
Performance
Engine: 24 Valve V6 Displacement: 3498 cc
Horsepower: 315 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 265 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds Maximum Speed: 155 mph (249 km/h)