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by George Skentzos

Mercedes-Benz has launched its new-generation SL-Class Roadster here in Australia, continuing its legacy as the world’s most successful premium roadster in its class.

Since the introduction of the iconic 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ in 1954, Mercedes has produced over 630,000 SL sports cars at its Stuttgart plant.

There are five models in the new SL-Class range, including two AMG models with prices starting from $223,000.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Roadster

The entry-level SL 350 is powered by a newly developed 3.5-litre V6 engine delivering 232kW at 6500rpm and peak torque of 360Nm, with fuel consumption a modest 9.9L/100km.

The V8-powered SL 500 develops peak power of 285kW and 360Nm, covering the sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 5.4 seconds.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Roadster

The SL 600 however receives top billing for the Mercedes range, powered by a bi-turbo V12 engine which develops 380kW and an enormous 830Nm – 0 to 100km/h is done with in just 4.5 seconds.

Standard for the SL-Class range is a seven-speed automatic transmission, offering a new double-declutching function that is activated during manual downshifts.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Roadster

The first of two AMG models on offer is the SL 63, powered by the same 6.3-litre 386kW V8-engine from the C 63 AMG saloon.

Finally, the performance flagship for the SL-Class is the SL 65 AMG, a bi-turbo V12-powered goliath producing 450kW and an electronically-limited 1000Nm for blisteringly quick 0-100km/h performance of just 4.2 seconds.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Roadster

The new SL-Class extends its safety credentials courtesy of Electronic Stability Programme ESP, bi-xenon headlamps and extensive airbag technology for both occupants.

A new standard for the SL range is the AIRSCARF neck-level heating, providing comforting warmth when driving with the roof down.

2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Roadster

Interior refinements also include a new-look instrument cluster, three-spoke sports leather steering wheel and the standard-fit COMAND multimedia system, which has also been fully revamped with a host of additional functions.

Pricing

Model Power Torque 0-100km/h Price*
SL 350 232 kw 360 Nm 6.2 seconds $223,000 (+$4,000)
SL 500 285 kW 530 Nm 5.4 seconds $306,000 (+$4,000)
SL 600 380 kW 830 Nm 4.5 seconds $385,000 (+$8,000)
SL 63 AMG 386 kw 630 Nm 4.6 seconds $382,000 (+$5,000)
SL 65 AMG 450 kW 1000 Nm 4.2 seconds $468,000 (+$8,000)



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