Mercedes' luxury transformer

By Alastair Sloane


This the first official picture of the new Mercedes-Benz SL, the car expected to re-establish the luxury German company as the maker of the world's finest open-top sports car.

The fifth-generation SL roadster will be launched in Italy in October and appear in New Zealand in July next year.

The launch car will be the V8-powered 500SL. The V6-powered 320SL and V12-powered 600SL will follow. The specialist AMG version will be powered by a supercharged 5.5-litre V8.

Well-heeled New Zealanders have already placed orders for the car. There's no word on price yet but the previous 500SL V8 was $223,000.

The main feature of the SL will be a revised version of the hard-top roof design from the SLK, which lets owners choose between coupe and roadster at the flick of a button.

The car will also come with active body-control suspension, which uses hydraulics to manage ride and handling.

Another high-tech feature is the world's first electro-hydraulic brakes, which links the brake pedal to the braking system by wires rather than mechanically.

Get the news delivered straight to your inbox

Receive the day’s news, sport and entertainment in our daily email newsletter


© Copyright 2015, NZME. Publishing Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf03 at 11 Oct 2015 00:02:35 Processing Time: 789ms