AutoGyaan : 2013 Mercedes Benz SL550 is lighter and more robust
Mercedes is all set to launch a newer sixth generation Mercedes Benz SL, dubbed the 2013 SL- 550 and SL-350. This new revision will begin production early next year to make up for deliveries early summer 2012.
The SL550, which will begin shipping first, will be powered by Mercedes’ new 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8, giving out 429 hp at 5250 rpm, 516 lb-ft at 1800. It will come with a standard 7 speed Auto-Transmission along with Start/Stop functionality. The company promises 0-to-60-mph time of 4.5 which is almost a second faster than the existing SL550. This improvement comes courtesy the all Aluminum body in a series-production model, which makes it 275 pounds lighter. The car is also slightly larger than its current version, adding 1.4 inches length, 2.2 inches width, and rides on a 1-inch-longer wheelbase.
The front styling is indicative of the SL lineup, it however adds the new LED day running lights and matte paint options. The Glass roof which was earlier optional willow come standard and dropping some serious dough will get you the Magic Sky Control, which is an electrochromic glass panel that can go from nearly translucent to opaque at the touch of a button. The roof is set on a magnesium frame.
For safety and security, the vehicle will come with Sstainless steel A pillars and roll cage, along with a new design of front impact cavities, also Pre-Safe makes its first appearance in an SL as does Attention Assist which should improve the drivers assist. Active park assist will be available, and the car uses the latest COMAND infotainment system, which features downloadable apps. Great for tech lovers.
The first lot of the SL will be dubbed Edition 1, this version package includes designo gray paint—designo denoting Mercedes’ extra-upscale trimmings—a designo red and black interior with piano black wood trim, an upgraded Harman/Kardon surround-sound stereo, the Airscarf neck warmer, and 19-inch AMG wheels.
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