New engines for Merc SL and GL
The stars get some more glint...
Mercedes-Benz launched new variants of the SL and GL class of cars. The GL, our SUV of the Year for 2010 has got itself a more powerful 5.4-litre V8 making 388bhp. Labelled the GL 500, this seven-seater SUV weighs over two and a half tonnes. But thanks to the might powerplant in the bonnet, this hulk of a car can get past 100kph in about 6.5 seconds. Priced at Rs 79.4 lakh (ex-Mumbai), you might actually think of this beast as a good deal. Of course, if you are considering this car, we figure fuel costs don’t matter much.
Fuel costs also shouldn’t matter if you can actually buy something like the SL 350. Mercedes’ flagship convertible is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 makes 315bhp. And while the SL was always available on request (TopGear’s driven the SL63 AMG in May 2009), with the launch of this SL 350, Mercedes has now included the SL in its India line-up. While the SL63 was a cracker of a car, we aren’t sure if the 3.5-litre V6 is the right engine for India. At Rs. 96.68 lakh (ex-Mumbai), the SL 350 will be over a crore when it comes on road. And at this price, Indian customers would rather have a full-blown V8 like the one in an SL 500 than a 315 horses V6.
But if you still want an all-weather, comfortable and usable sportscar, the SL 350 is the best you could get.