The Mercedes SL will cost from £72,495 when it arrives at showrooms next month
24 May 2012

Prices for the Mercedes SL have been announced. The SL 350 is available for £72,495 on-the-road, while the SL 500 will cost £83,445.

Both models will arrive in showrooms next month, and will be followed by the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG later this year.

The announcement reveals £4000 price increase for the SL 350 and a £1700 increase for the SL 500. However, the new SL should be a more affordable ownership proposition: the SL 350 emissions are reduced from 217g/km to 176g/km, a saving of £275 in road tax for the first year.

The SL 500 emissions drop from 382g/km to 214g/km, representing a £430 saving in the first year road tax rate.

Aluminium construction means the sixth-generation Mercedes SL is up to 140kg lighter than before, meaning both cars are around 30 per cent more efficient. Despite this, the 3.5-litre V6 in the SL 350 develops 306bhp and 273lb ft allowing a 0-62mph of 5.8sec. The SL 500’s 4.7-litre V8 produces 435bhp and 516lb ft for a 0-62mph in 4.6sec. 

Standard equipment includes a boot which can be opened and closed by waving a foot under the rear bumper and a more efficient windscreen washer system. Frontbass speakers operate in the footwells for improved sound reproduction.

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24 May 2012

You would have to be stuped to buy one!!!

 

24 May 2012

theadamh1234 wrote:

You would have to be stuped to buy one!!!

 

Says the man whose favourite car is a £28k Mondeo, which, for anyone with an ounce of financial common sense, would be one of the stupidest new car buys on the market.

Each to their own though.

Personally I quite like the new SL in 350 spec. It looks a bit naff with the AMG bodykit, but a 'base' SL, in silver with red leather like an old Pagoda, would be a great car for a good old fashioned grand tour of Europe.

 

24 May 2012

God, I want a new SL 500. 

24 May 2012

Why would you have to be mad to buy one? I've always loved SLs. Is there a better GT car?

Alex.herzog@ymail.com if anyone prefers to debate anything offline. 

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