Mercedes-Benz has recently revealed its 2013 SL-Class, with only a few weeks before the sixth generation of the roadster will be officially presented at the Detroit Motor Show.

According to the German based automaker, the new generation of the SL-Class is 50 mm longer and 57 mm wider than the current one and thanks to aluminum, which was entirely used for production, the vehicle weighs up to 140 kg less than its predecessor. The use of aluminum throughout the production of the new SL has also been credited for making the ride agile, sportier, improving the handling and the ride comfort. Mercedes says that the standard suspension is a semi-active adjustable damping system with Active Body Control (ABC) is actually an option and the vehicle will also get the new electromechanical Direct-Steer system with speed sensitivity and variable ratio.

“There are around 900 million cars in the world and thousands of models. But there are only a handful of automotive icons. Our SL is one of them: it has class, it has style, it is the ultimate in comfort and luxury. But it combines all that with incredible sportiness and dynamism. You would struggle to find a car that embodies Gottlieb Daimler’s aspiration more perfectly than our new SL: the best or nothing”, said Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz cars.

Mercedes-Benz says that the new engine fitted onto the SL500, the 4.663 cc V8 unit, is now developing a total output of 435 horsepower, which is 12 percent more than its predecessor despite the being actually 800 cc smaller. The fuel consumption has also been improved by 22 percent, the torque went up by 32 percent from 530 Nm to 700 Nm, along with the 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time which is now being done in 4.6 seconds, 0.8 seconds faster than the old generation. The 3.499 cc V6 will be fitted onto the SL350 entry-level with its 306 JP and 370 Nm, which is bragging with an average fuel consumption of 6.8 liters every 100 km and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of just 5.9 seconds.

Both the engines we’ve talked about will be fitted as standard with the start/stop function and the company’s 7g-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. The new generation of the SL is also coming with the FrontBass system, Magic Vision control, the COMAND system and many other features. There will be three roof versions available for the 2013 SL, painted, with glass roof or the unique panoramic vario-roof with Magic Sky Control. The German based automaker didn’t say anything about the 2013 SL’s price yet.


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