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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

£ 78,630 - £ 91,325
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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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Driving

What is it like to drive?

All new SL are pretty fast. The V8 SL 500 will stamp its way to 60mph from rest in 4.6 seconds, with the interesting new SL 400 V6 biturbo not far behind on 5.2. All you do is press and go: the excellent seven-speed automatic is standard. They’re easy steers on standard semi-active suspension, but we’d urge to choose the optional ‘ABC’ active body control suspension. What feels like a giant GT suddenly comes alive when you really push – enough to keep up with much more hardcore metal.

The AMG models enhance this yet further, particularly the sublime SL 63 AMG V8. Its blend of driverpleasing accomplishment and longdistance comfort is remarkable, making it one of the best fast all-rounders on sale. The SLS AMG sourced gearbox is also a treat, and the noise it makes is wonderful.

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Highlights from the range

the fastest

Mercedes-Benz SL Class SL 500 Grand Edition 2dr 9G-Tronic
  • 0-624.3s
  • CO2230.0g/km
  • BHP455
  • MPG28
  • Price£ 87,330

the cheapest

Mercedes-Benz SL Class SL 400 Grand Edition 2dr 9G-Tronic
  • 0-624.9s
  • CO2197.0g/km
  • BHP367
  • MPG32.8
  • Price£ 78,630

the greenest

Mercedes-Benz SL Class SL 400 Grand Edition 2dr 9G-Tronic
  • 0-624.9s
  • CO2197.0g/km
  • BHP367
  • MPG32.8
  • Price£ 78,630
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