By Richard Lawton 24 May 2012
Mercedes-Benz has revealed what it will cost to buy its new SL-Class roadster.
The sixth generation model’s price starts at £72,495 (OTR) for the SL 350. The SL 500 will cost £83,445 (OTR), with both models appearing in the UK from June onwards. The German manufacturing giant has also confirmed that both the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG ‘super’ roadsters will arrive later in the year, with prices as yet unknown.
With its advanced aluminium construction the new SL is up to 140kg lighter than previous incarnations. And coupled to revised BlueDIRECT direct-injection engines sees fuel efficiency up by around 30%.
The SL 350 features the BlueDIRECT 3.5-litre V6 engine. With 306hp on tap, the two-seater takes 5.9 seconds to hit 62mph from a standing start, while top speed to electronically limited to 155mph. This thrilling performance is complemented by excellent combined economy of 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions of just 176 g/km.
The more powerful SL 500 packs a 435hp punch, thanks to its 4.5-litre BlueDIRECT V8 engine. The 1,785 kg roadster will shoot to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and like the SL 350 is electronically limited to 155 mph.
Even with the increase in power and torque over the outgoing model, the efficiency of the SL 500 has improved by 26 per cent, now returning 30.7 mpg on the combined cycle, while emitting 214 g/km of CO2.
Standard specification across the range includes, a new intelligent wash/wiper system, bi-Xenon headlights, COMAND interface, leather trimmed sports seats, and 18-inch light-alloy wheels.