Mercedes SL is the convertible a favorite of Los Angeles, a city where he has been presented its new generation. Like many of its wealthy inhabitants, has gone to the plastic surgeon and has done a little facelift, inside and out. In addition, it has important developments at the level of mechanics. What has not lost is that opulence, and that touch of kitsch that has always characterised it. Join us, we are going to tell the 7 keys for improvement from this renovated Mercedes SL hard top retractable.
1) A new look with headlights LED serial
Is a face wash lightweight, and to an outsider it will cost you to distinguish between the two models of the generation R231.
Changes the front of the Mercedes SL, mainly. It is the greatest novelty of this facelift. The SL seems to have inherited the calender of the Mercedes-AMG GT, oval and wide, with the point-of-care focused in the center of the star, which occupies a central position in the same. There are new wheel designs, new colours and a rear bumper very slightly renovated. Another novelty to highlight is that headlights LED Intelligent Light System are also standard on the SL range, since the version SL 400 access.
2) An inside more technological
it Is possible to open the trunk without hands, by simply passing a foot beneath the rear bumper.
the interior of The Mercedes SL has been redesigned, again very lightly. The changes are more significant focus on a new steering wheel and a new instrumentation, more clear. The choice of materials does not seem to change, nor change the layout of the center console, beyond a shift lever whose design is different. Mercedes speaks in the press note of its customization options, confirming that the changes that the interior of the Mercedes SL has been really minimal.
3) Removing the roof up to 40 km/h
The Mercedes SL is a convertible of retractable hard top, which works much like a coupe with the roof in position. The roof can now be deployed – or fall back – at speeds of up to 40 km/h. Is useful without for example the car was stopped at a traffic light and had already started the maneuver descapotado. The extra MAGIC SKY CONTROL makes the glass roof transparent or opaque at the simple touch of a button. The roof mechanism remains electro-hydraulic and is built in aluminium to be as light as possible.
4) More power to the SL 400 and SL 500
SL AMG still exuding power and torque: the SL 65 AMG maintains its 630 HP and 1,000 Nm of torque.
The engines of access of the range SL growing in power, torque and performance. The access engine continues to be a 3.0 V6 Biturbo, mounted on the SL 400. Now it is able to develop 367 HP and 500 Nm of torque, an increase of 33 HP and 25 Nm with respect to the outgoing version. The SL 500 is a 4.7 V8 Biturbo, able to now generate 455 HP (20 HP extra) and 700 Nm of maximum torque. The range is completed with the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG, whose engine 5.5 V8 Biturbo and 6.0 V12 Biturbo continue to develop 585 HP and 630 HP.
5) New gearbox 9G-TRONIC 9-relations
AMG do not vary their gearboxes, AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT (SL 63) and AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC (SL 65).
The greatest novelty mechanical of the range is a new gearbox 9G-TRONIC nine relationships. It is a case of new development, with torque converter. This gearbox is standard – and the only one available in fact – in the SL 400 and SL 500. With it, the SL 400 accelerates in 4.9 seconds to 100 km/h, homologando an average consumption NEDC of 7.7 l/100 km If we are talking about the powerful SL 500, makes the 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds, with an average consumption about the role of 9.0 l/100 km
6) Active Body Control: this SL leans in the curves
As a tip to the improvements in chassis and suspension, the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG now have a limited-slip as standard.
One of the extras that can equip the Mercedes SL is a new suspension named Active Body Control (ABC). This suspension is pneumatic, and its control is linked to the Dynamic Select, a picker driving modes. In addition, hardness is adjustable, the suspension can be tilted up to 2,56 degrees in the direction of the curve. Really the car leans toward the inside of the curve, as if a motorcycle is involved. In addition to improving the step-by-turn reduces the discomfort on the curve of the passengers in the car.
7) More connected, more sure
As could not be otherwise, the Mercedes SL 2016 boasts the latest advances in connectivity. Your infotainment system is compatible with Apple Car Play – not Android Auto, surprisingly – and the remote function makes use of the SIM integrated in the car for the services I connect . It is possible, for example, send to car information such as the destination for the browser. It is also possible to do streaming with Spotify or control by voice the infotaiment in the car with Siri, from the iPhone.