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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class review

£78,630 - £91,325
Published: 13 Jan 2015
The SL name is more than six decades old but remains a worthy two-seat luxury convertible

Good stuff

Breadth of ability, quality, technology

Bad stuff

The front end looks are an acquired taste


What is it?

Despite Mercedes’ famous SL line now being more than six decades old, the latest model, all-new last year, is a very worthy continuation of the respected line. It fully respects the heritage of the firm’s GT series, keeping up the tradition of effortless waft with relatively low-key visual impact.

The recipe is traditional and simple: two seats, folding metal hard-top, front–engined and rear-wheel drive. The big news for this version is that it’s all-new, and boasts an aluminium-intensive construction, correspondingly lighter weight and more efficient engines. Even though there’s generally more kit, the 306bhp, V6 SL 350 manages a generational weight loss of 140kg. Which means the new SL is both faster and more efficient than the car it replaces.

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Styling-wise, it’s more evolution than revolution: it’s still handsome and muscular, without being caricature, though the new headlights have caused some furrowed brows. Expect the shock of the new to fade with time.

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What's the verdict?

Another brilliant iteration of the classic Mercedes - but the appeal of the looks will take time...

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