Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 20, 2015 12:52
Mercedes-Benz SL debuts with new look
Mercedes-Benz has revealed the refreshed SL at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sporting a restyled fascia, the German automaker described the vehicle as the “new appearance for an automotive icon.”
Inspired by the 300SL that won the 1952 Carrera Panamericana, Mercedes-Benz's roadster features a redesigned diamond grill, reshaped LED headlights and large air intakes. The automaker adds that the SL is fitted with two “powerdomes” on the hood which “invoke the sporting heritage of the SL.”
With the roof down, the SL shows off its short and steeply angled A-pillars and frameless side windows. The rear, on the other hand, comes with large sweptback taillights and chrome-plated exhaust pipes.
Inside, the SL has a two-tone interior theme along with chrome trim. It also has a new instrument cluster design, a three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel, round aircon vents and an analogue clock. The roof can be opened and closed at speeds up to 40 km/h.
The entry-level model SL450, formerly called the SL400, is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque. The SL550 is equipped with a 4.7-liter V8 enigne that generates 455 PS and 699 Nm of torque while the SL 63 AMG has a 5.5-liter V8 engine rated at 585 PS and 900 Nm of torque. Lastly, the SL 65 AMG has a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 630 PS and 1,000 Nm of torque. The said engines are mated to a nine-speed “9G-Tronic” automatic transmission.