Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts in Sri Lanka now have the opportunity to be infatuated all over again. The iconic two-door Mercedes-Benz sports coupe – SL is back again with its newest generation. As an automotive icon the Mercedes-Benz SL blends accomplished motoring at the highest level with exquisite style. Manufactured virtually completely from aluminium, the roadster also sets the standards in the category of luxurious roadsters with its numerous technical innovations. Not forgetting that the SL is entirely suitable for everyday use thanks to its retractable vario-roof. This makes it the all-rounder amongst sports cars.
The all new Mercedes-Benz SL was launched recently at the MercedesTrophy Sri Lanka Country Finals 2017 held at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa. The SL-Class has been Mercedes Benz’s longest and most prestigious icon. Born as a vehicle inspired by the W194 race car, the first ‘sport lightweight’ Mercedes-Benz SL introduced in 1954 was noted for its gullwing doors and the first use of fuel injection in a production car. Through decades, the SL-Class has existed as a two-door coupe as well as a convertible.
The Mercedes-Benz SL has been enhanced with a new hard top, which can now be operated at up to speeds of 40 km/h when starting off. Extensively technical and visually optimized SL comes to you with a more powerful engine, 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, DYNAMIC SELECT with five transmission modes and Active Body Control with the curve tilting function. Another surprise that awaits you is the revised front of the vehicle that has the unique diamond radiator grille extending downwards. The new appearance is also complimented with the new standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System with headlamp housing extending far to the outside. The sporty silhouette is emphasised by the enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts and the exterior mirrors positioned on the beltline.
The model comprises the SL 400 with a V6 engine uprated to 270 kW (367 hp) as standard, the power transfer is handled by the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission. With DYNAMIC SELECT the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted in seconds at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the set-up of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering at the driver’s behest.
Safety is at the forefront of all Mercedes-Benz designs. The Mercedes-Benz SL is no different. Similar to its predecessors, the SL features the Active Brake Assist, known as COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS. In addition to radar-based proximity warning and braking assistance by Adaptive Brake Assist, this Active Brake Assist system carries out autonomous braking to reduce the danger of rear-end collisions. For optimum visibility on country roads and motorways, when cornering and on bends, the standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System automatically adapts to all light and driving conditions. The five functions of the LED Intelligent Light System include motorway mode, cornering light function, camera-based active light function, roundabout light function and also the enhanced fog light function. The anti-dazzle continuous high beam comes courtesy of the optional Adaptive High beam Assist Plus. When high beam is switched on, this system always makes the optimum headlamp range available. The driver can concentrate on the traffic and does not have to continually switch between low beam and high beam.
The new SL occupies a niche it has carved at the heart of Mercedes-Benz. An iconic name and an iconic acronym, the SL series has captured the hearts and minds of many automobile aficionados. The new SL is now available from DIMO, the only authorized distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Sri Lanka. Moreover, DIMO’s ultra-modern Mercedes-Benz Center – DIMO800. Mercedes-Benz 24 hour road side assistance and DIMO’s renowned customer care will ensure that your star will be well looked after.