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Mercedes-Benz SL Sl 500 Amg Sport 2Dr Auto Petrol Convertible

Overview:

Mileage: 20,139
Trans: Automatic
Body: Convertible
Year: 14/14
Colour: Red
Fuel Type: Petrol

Quote Reference Number: 0M2-503896

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Specification

Specification
Body Glass
Green tinted glass
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Heated rear window with timer
2 Electric windows
Brakes
ESP with ASR
Electronic parking brake
Hill hold function
Adaptive brake system
Brake calipers in grey
ABS with Brake Assist
Communication
Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Driver Aids
Parameter steering
Attention assist
Active park assist with parktronic system
Driver Convenience
Closing aid for boot
Remote boot release
Driver Information
Outside temperature gauge
Trip computer
Service indicator (ASSYST)
COMAND HDD Navigation with media interface, radio/6 CD/DVD/MP3, 7" screen, linguatronic voice control, 10GB music register, SD card slot + online
Chequered flag design instrument cluster
Driving Mirrors
Auto dimming interior and driver's door mirror
Electric/heated/folding door mirrors
Exterior Body Features
AMG spoiler lip
Body colour bumpers
AMG body styling
Exterior Lights
Headlamp assist
Adaptive brake lights
Intelligent light system with Bi-xenon headlights, headlight wash, active light function, cornering lights and adaptive high beam assist
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Luxury climate control
Interior Features
Front centre armrest
AMG leather sports steering wheel
Steering wheel gearshift paddles
Multi function steering wheel
Packs
Memory package - SL Class
Safety
Roll over protection
Seatbelt pretensioners
Driver/front passenger head+thorax airbag
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Pre-safe anticipatory safety system
Seat Piping/Additional Trimming
Designo white pearl piping on interiors
Seats
Heated front seats
Sports seats
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Neck-pro front headrests
Security
Remote central locking
Locking wheel bolts
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Wheels - Spare
Tyre sealant kit

The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.

Features

Ten Second Review

If you want a Mercedes SL, you probably want it with a V8 beneath the bonnet. The mst accessible option in this regard is the SL500 version, lately improved, with power uprated to 455bhp, that grunt marshalled by a freshly-developed 9-speed auto gearbox. There can be few complaints as to the engineering on show here.

Background

This seventh generation SL has seen a rejuvenation of this model line - and it needed just that. The previous version was merely a mild update of its prededessor, so prior to this MK7 model's original launch in 2012, SL fans hadn't seen anything genuinely new for a very long time. This car has certainly delivered that with its light aluminium architecture. And it's perhaps at its most appealing in V8 SL500 guise. After all, the tuned top-of-the-range AMG models require lottery-winning money, while the base SL400 variant is V6-powered: enough said. You can see then, why someone would choose an SL in this form. And enjoy the many changes now made to this revised version.

Driving Experience

It would be tempting to think that a car in this class doesn't have to be that good to drive; that it just needs a powerful engine and a modicum of refinement. This is Mercedes though and the depth of engineering verges on the neurotic. For instance, the steering knuckles and spring links on the front axle are also made out of aluminium to reduce the unsprung masses. The same also applies to virtually all the wheel location components on the rear axle. It doesn't stop there. The SL is offered with either semi-active adjustable damping as standard or there's an optional active suspension system ABC (Active Body Control) available as an alternative. Both suspension setups are teamed with an efficient electromechanical Direct-Steer system. Engines? Tick that box. The new 4.7-litre V8 in the SL500 now develops 455bhp, there's 700Nm of torque and you access it all through a freshly-developed 9-speed 9G-TRONIC auto gearbox. Across the range, SL drivers benefit from 'Dynamic Select' adjustable damping, a set-up you can tweak via 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport Plus' and 'Individual' modes to suit the mood you're in and the road you're on. Another option is 'Active Body Control' with a curve tilting function. This reduces body movement through the bends in a way that's almost eerie. Acceleration? Well 62mph is just 4.3 away. Dynamically, this car has always sat rather uneasily somewhere between a Porsche 911 Cabriolet and a BMW 6 Series, not as sharp as the 911, not as luxurious as the Six. With this sixth generation SL, the difference is fundamental. In this, thanks to lighter weight, a wider track and the clever semi-active adaptive damping, we no longer have a car that's neither one thing or the other but one instead, arguably able to offer much of the best of both worlds.

Design and Build

Let's start with the fineries of fashion - classic SL proportions that have evolved through six generations and nearly half the history of this famous brand: the long bonnet, the compact passenger cell set well back within the wheelbase and a muscular, racy-looking tail. Changes to this improved MK6 model include a re-sculpted radiator grille that harmonises with the now standard AMG bodystyling. Two powerdomes on the bonnet invoke the sporting heritage of the SL, while light-catching contours give additional structure to the bonnet. Also adding to the revised appearance of this SL is the standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System with its headlamp housing extending far to the outside and an integrated torch-shaped unit comprising the daytime running lamp/position lamp and direction indicator. The side view of this SL reveals enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings. But it's what you can't see that's important here. 'SL' may stand for 'Sport Leicht' but historically, this model has always been something of a sporting heavy hitter. That changed when this sixth generation version first arrived in 2012 and the decision was made to construct the car entirely from aluminium. Of course, this car could have been a lot lighter still if the designers had dispensed with the bulky electrically operated Vario metal folding roof that only Mercedes now provides in this segment. It eats into boot space and makes it impossible for this car to offer the pair of occasional rear seats you'll find in competitors from Jaguar, BMW and Porsche but it's also one of the things that most appeals about this car to city-based buyers. The mechanism is still slower than a fabric hood would be but in this model has been speeded up to raise or lower the elaborate metal panels in a respectably rapid 20 seconds. And it can now be used at speeds of up to 25mph. When up, if you've specified what Mercedes calls 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL', you'll get a neat system that uses electro-reactive particles to switch the roof panel from light to dark at the press of a button.

Market and Model

You're looking at around £85,000 to own an SL500, a premium of around £10,000 over the entry-level SL400. As for rivals, well, a BMW 650i would cost £10,000 less to buy - but is also, we'd say, more than £10,000 less desirable. SL500 buyers also might be looking at a Maserati GranCabrio 4.7 V8 - but that requires a £100,000 budget. What you're paying for here of course is advanced hi-tech cleverness, two examples of which debut on this SL. Let's start with 'Magic Vision Control', billed as an intelligent and efficient wipe/wash system. The washer fluid jets out of the wiper blade directly in front of the blade lip, in both directions of wipe. As a result, no water is splashed onto the windscreen during spraying to disrupt the driver's visibility, and you'll never fire it onto your passenger when the roof is down. You can even specify a heated wiper blade to prevents snow or ice forming on it in winter. The other feature that speaks volumes of Mercedes' lateral thinking was the Frontbass system which utilises the free spaces in the aluminium structures in front of the footwell as resonance spaces for the bass speakers. This gives the SL's stereo a punch while freeing up space in the doors and saving weight. Clever.

Cost of Ownership

Mercedes SL buyers tend not to sweat the details of running costs too much, but for what it's worth, the fuel economy of the latest range has improved. This SL500, for example, returns 31.4 mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 figure of 205g/km, making it considerably cleaner and more economical than its predecessor. That's thanks to the benefits conferred by an adjustable radiator shutter, an eco-gearshift programme for the 9G-TRONIC transmission, intelligent alternator management and a start-stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. This being a new model in a line that tends to go beyond the normal vehicle design life cycles, it's fair to say that depreciation will be better than the class average. That's not saying too much when rivals such as the BMW 6 Series convertible and Aston Martin Vantage Volante both suffer quite harsh residuals, but it is offset by the fact that SL owners tend to offset depreciation somewhat by owning their vehicles for longer than average and thus also enjoy the benefits of the less vertiginous section of the car's depreciation curve.

AMG velour floor mats, Green tinted glass, ESP with ASR, Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone, Parameter steering, Closing aid for boot, Outside temperature gauge, Auto dimming interior and driver's door mirror...

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)4.6
Engine Power - BHP435
Engine Power - KW320
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM5250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT516
Engine Torque - MKG71
Engine Torque - NM700
Engine Torque - RPM1800
Top Speed155

Go Green

Green Stats
Emissions
CO0.314
CO2 (g/km)212 (g/km)
HC0.073
HC+NOxN
Noise Level dB(A)72
NOx0.032
ParticlesN
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 5
Fuel Consumption
EC Combined (mpg)31
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)40.4
EC Urban (mpg)22.2

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