SL 350 priced at £72,495, SL 500 costs £83,445
The base SLs will be joined by a pair of AMG versions later in the year
While prices have increased, improved CO2 emissions and fuel economy makes the new car cheaper to run
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.
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.