This version of the SL is based on an all-new platform, made exclusively of aluminium, still makes use of longitudinal six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines and rear-wheel drive. The aluminium construction makes it between 125kg and 140kg lighter and 20 percent stiffer than the outgoing car, Another aspect of the car that remains the same is the metal folding roof that can be folded away in less than 20 seconds.
The new design harks back to the 1960s “Pagoda” SL, especially wwith its unbroken shoulderline running from the front to the back of the car. The front of the car makes use of an SLS-inspired front grille and large three-pointed-star taking centre stage. Mercedes claims that the overall design is the most aerodynamic car in its class, whilst also creating new standards for wind noise-based cabin refinement.
The line up begins with a 3.5 litre V6 producing 302bhp and 370Nm of torque, returning 41mpg. The 429bhp SL500 reaches 62mph in 4.6s curtosy of a 4.7 litre V8 engine. Both engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic gearbox.