Gallery: the legend of Merc's SL
Glance through Mercedes' Super Lightweight history...
Posted: 15 Dec 2011
Launched wearing MB's old faithful 5.0-litre V8, the R230 eventually fell into AMG's hands in 2002. It added a bloody great big supercharger and increased displacement to 5.5-litres, which got it from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds.
But that wasn't quite enough. In 2005, AMG fitted a twin-turbo 36-valve V12, which made 738lb ft of torque. SEVEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT. Its 0-62mph time was also whittled down to 4.2 seconds.