The last Mercedes-Benz R230 SL made of the current generation, wearing the lot number 169.434, has just rolled off the assembly line in Bremen, Germany, and the vehicle will be heading for the company’s Museum.
“Every SL series is a milestone in the history of Mercedes-Benz. They are used for the car’s anniversary which we will celebrate in 2012. And that’s why we are particularly pleased that the last vehicle built in the R230 series also enriched the collection”, said the head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Michael Bock.
The current Mercedes-Benz R230 SL will be replaced with the sixth generation of the popular sports car, which will officially hit the market in 2012. The initial release of the new SL class is expected to include the downsized twin-turbo 4.6 liter V8 engine which is developing a total output of 429 horsepower and has a peak torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL will be known as the R231.
As a reminder, the Mercedes-Benz SL is a grand tourer made by Mercedes ever since 1954. The SL name stands for Sport Leicht, or Sport Lightweight, and was first applied to the 300SL Gullwing. The fifth generation of the SL, the R230, had a choice of seven engines and three transmission, being in production since 2008.