Following the tradition of carving the car with utmost craftsmanship, the elite German automaker has presented another elegant yet sporty roadster marque SL Class. First introduced in 1954, the SL Roadster is built to deliver top performance and sheer driving experience. Since its introduction the tourer has garnered significant response from the customers across the globe due to its innovative chassis, high- torque engines and sporty appearance. The same response is expected by the Bavarian automaker from the automobile market of Philippines as well.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
The unadulterated driving experience is ensured by the new BlueDirect technology deployed in the engines of SL Roadster. The base variant is equipped with V6 3.4 Litre petrol engine which churns out a maximum power of 225 kW at 6500 rpm while the peak torque measures 370 Nm at mere 3500 – 5250 rpm. The 4.6 litre V8 engine further improves the power output and maximum power measures 320 kW at 5250 rpm while the peak torque measures 700 Nm at mere 1800 – 3500 rpm. Among the AMG variants the most furious is the V12 6.0 litre engine that delivers a huge power output of 463 kW at 4800 rpm, while the peak torque coupled is 1000 Nm at mere 2300 – 4300 rpm. Clocking 100 kmph mark in a SL will take 4.0 to 5.9 seconds and the top speed measures 250 kmph. The utmost power and agility does not compromise on the fuel economy and one gets a mileage of 14.7 kmpl.
The pioneer design of SL Roadster will definitely inspire you with its compelling characteristics. The dynamic lines all over the body, expressive rear, and bold front reflects the inner values of the Bavarian automaker. The distinctive air linets on the front wings not only improves the functionality but, also accentuates the overall front of the Roadster in an effective manner. The overall dimensions of the car measures 4617 mm X 1877 mm X 1315 mm (L X W X H) and the wheelbase measures 2585 mm that makes provision for ample cabin space for the occupants. The side profile gets a sporty character with the deployment of 17 inch alloy wheels with tyre size measuring 255/45 R17. However, one can also opt for 18 and 19 inch alloy wheels.
Sitting in SL and sitting in any other Roadster has a huge difference. The very first impression within SL is of pure luxury which are further coupled with advanced comfort features. The electronically controlled seat with memory package helps in evolving the best suitable seating position and the climatised seating option further helps the occupants in reducing transpiration through pleasant air flow. The Bang & Olufsen music system further ensures that the thrilling experience gets further aggrandize with high quality acoustic experience. The practicality score is also high for the SL Roadster as the car offers a boot space ranging between 241 – 381 Litres.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
The Bavarian automaker is not only the pioneer of top performance cars, but also of some of the most advanced safety features. The Active Body Control ensures maximum driving comfort through a perfect combination of active suspension and passive damping. The Adaptive braking system, Active Lane Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Torque vectoring brakes further helps the driver in manoeuvring the vehicle in most optimal manner at high speeds. The other features of SL includes Driving Assistance package Plus, Spot Assist, Reversing camera, Distronic Plus with Steer Control and so on which are more than enough to ensure your safety.
The impressive styling, interiors offering a lap of luxury, sporty performance and state-of-the-art features makes SL a more desirable roadster over other top guns like BMW Z4.
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