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Overview:

Mileage: 118
Trans: Automatic
Body: Convertible
Year: 17/67
Colour: Obsidian Black Metallic
Fuel Type: Petrol

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Key Features

Reference Number: 0M2-504273

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Specification

"An exclusive ex-demonstrator vehicle now available under the Mercedes-Benz Approved Used programme. High level of specification. High performance car. Please contact us to arrange an appointment to view this special Mercedes-Benz"

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Paul Morris, General Sales Manager

Mercedes-Benz of Ascot

Specification
Body Glass
Green tinted glass
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Heated rear window with timer
2 Electric windows
Brakes
ABS with Brake Assist
ESP with ASR
Electronic parking brake
Hill hold function
Adaptive brake system
Chassis/Suspension
AMG sports suspension
Communication
Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Convenience telephony with extended smartphone connectivity
Driver Aids
Attention assist
AMG speed sensitive sports steering
Active park assist with parktronic system
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Driver Convenience
Closing aid for doors
Driver Information
Outside temperature gauge
Analogue clock
AMG instrument cluster
Service indicator (ASSYST)
COMAND HDD Navigation with radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 7" screen, traffic updates, speed limit assist, linguatronic voice control, SD card slot + online
Driving Mirrors
Electric folding door mirrors
Auto dimming interior and driver's door mirror
Entertainment
DAB Digital radio
Bang + Olufsen beosound audio
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers
AMG body styling
AMG spoiler lip
AMG sports exhaust system with two twin chrome tailpipes in V12 design
AMG carbon fibre engine cover
Magic sky control in panoramic vario-roof with switchable transparency
Magic vision control
AMG radiator grille in high gloss chrome with twin louvre
A-wing trim in chrome
AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour
Exterior Lights
Automatic headlights
LED daytime running lights
Intelligent light system with LED headlights, active light function, cornering lights and adaptive high beam assist
Heating/Cooling/Ventilation
Airscarf - neck level heating
Thermotronic automatic climate control
Interior Features
Gearshift paddles
AMG illuminated door sills panels in high sheen chrome
Designo leather roof lining
Interior Lights
Ambient Lighting
Packs
Driving assistance pack - SL Class
Memory package - SL Class
Keyless Go comfort pack - SL class
Safety
Automatic roll over protection
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Pre-safe anticipatory safety system
Active pedestrian safety system
Driver and passenger head and side airbags
Automatic front passenger airbag deactivation
Passenger airbag deactivation system
Seats
Comfort ventilated front seats
Neck-pro front headrests
AMG sports seats with AMG badging on the front seat backrests + V12 diamond pattern in seat/door centre panels
Security
Remote central locking
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Transmission
AMG rear axle limited slip differential lock
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

Luxury sportscar buyers traditionally sold on the charms of a Mercedes SL will certainly be sold on this significantly revised sixth generation version, now improved with more powerful engines, a 9-speed auto gearbox, a 'Dynamic Select' drive dynamics system and Active Body Control. They'll like the lithe proportions and smarter styling - and the luxurious technology. But there's so much more to this car than that. It is, in every respect, a landmark machine for its maker. As every SL should be.

Background

There aren't many truly iconic cars in the modern motor industry - but this is one of them: the Mercedes SL. The fundamental thinking behind standard setters of this sort doesn't tend to alter very much, but here it's different. Over six generations spanning as many decades, everything has changed about this car - yet in many ways, nothing is different. For Three-Pointed Star buyers, it's still the ultimate expression of sporting opulence and remains perhaps the definitive face of this legendary luxury brand. Yet one that over more than sixty years has changed from supercar to sports roadster and from there through boulevard cruiser to autobahn bruiser. A design, in other words, that through its lifetime, has managed at different times and in different forms to define everything a sportscar should be. Here, we have the improved sixth generation version, a car that, like the 1952 original, properly lives up to its name. 'SL', after all, stands for 'Sport Leicht' and this car, like that one, is made almost entirely from lightweight aluminium. Only this way, Stuttgart seems to think, can a modern luxury sportscar makes sense in the modern era and meet the contradictory demands of smarter speed and frugal fuel returns. Are they right? We're going to find out.

Driving Experience

A touch upon the silver starter button reveals a muted muffled roar from beneath the enormous bonnet that stretches out before you, tonally tuned by the size of the engine you've specified. Almost all are more powerful now. Perhaps the 367bhp 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 of the entry-level SL400. Or the 455bhp of the 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 SL500. There are AMG options beyond this to try and snare the supercar set and act as stepping stones to the awesome SLS gullwing and roadster models: namely the 5.5-litre V8 of the SL63 AMG which can put out as much as 585bhp. Or if you really must, the 6.0-litre V12 of the SL65 AMG which, with 630bhp, is arguably the fastest thing Mercedes makes. The SL400 and SL500 models get a new 9G-TRONIC 9-speed auto gearbox but the AMG variants stay with a sharper AMG SPEEDSHIFT 7-speed set-up. 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. These changes do much to make the SL a more involving driver's proposition. 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 improved sixth generation SL, the difference is fundamental. In this, we've a car 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

As before, most standard SL models will be sold in the £75,000 to £85,000 bracket, but you'll need around £115,000 for the Mercedes-AMG SL63 version and around £175,000 for the SL65 AMG flagship variant. Pricing at the bottom end of the range isn't unreasonable for what you get. You'd expect to pay a premium, both for a metal-folding rather than a fabric roof - and for the legendary history and segment-leading hi-tech lightweight aluminium design and technology of this car. Especially as so many equipment features you might expect to have to pay extra for are included as standard. All models get the AMG Sports package that runs to 19-inch alloy wheels, lowered sports suspension with revised damper settings and AMG bodystyling. You also get adaptive dampers, a powered glass sunroof, Parktronic with Active Park Assist, a voice-activated HDD satellite navigation system and intelligent bi-xenon headlamps with auto-dipping full beam. That's in addition to a rosta that runs to 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels, metallic paint, heated leather seats, a multi-function sports steering wheel finished in Nappa leather and a COMMAND online infotainment system that, depending on the apps you load upon it, will be able to tell you anything from weather reports to car park locations - and even share prices. More conventionally, it allows acess to a 6-disc CD autochanger, an eight-speaker surround sound stereo and a Bluetooth interface. Plus of course, you get the Vario electric folding metal roof and (on SL400 and SL500 variants) the silky-smooth 9-speed 9G-TRONIC auto gearbox. There's now Apple Carplay connectivity as standard. And an optional 'Driving Assistance' package uses a stereo camera to deliver the latest safety electronics.

Cost of Ownership

If you're thinking of buying this car, then you probably won't be worrying too much about its running costs - but Mercedes has. Efficiency comes courtesy of an aluminium structure, making this one of the lightest cars of its kind ever made as well as being one of the most aerodynamic, with a slippery Cd factor of just 0.27. Combine that with 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, and you've the potential for efficiency improvements. Not bad, considering that across the improved sixth generation SL line-up, power and torque figures have increased. The result of all this efficient thinking is that the SL400 manages 36.7mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 figure of 175g/km, scarcely believable figures from a 1.7-tonne luxury convertible sportscar capable of sixty in under six seconds. It's a variant I'd be very tempted by as it doesn't lose much in performance to the biturbo V8 SL500 yet is much more efficient to run. SL500 buyers are promised a combined cycle fuel return of 31.4mpg and a CO2 figure of 205g/km. Of course, you'll need slightly deeper pockets to run one of the AMG models and though the V8 SL63 AMG version's combined cycle 28.8mpg figure is better than I expected, the CO2 showing (up to 229g/km), though much better than before, is still nothing to write home about. Better though than the 23.7mpg and the 279g/km you'd get in the V12 SL65 AMG flagship model.

AMG floor mats, Green tinted glass, ABS with Brake Assist, AMG sports suspension, Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone, Attention assist, Closing aid for doors, Outside temperature gauge, Electric folding door mirrors...

Performance

Performance
Performance
0 to 60 mph (secs)
0 to 62 mph (secs)4
Engine Power - BHP630
Engine Power - KW463
Engine Power - PS
Engine Power - RPM4800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT738
Engine Torque - MKG102
Engine Torque - NM1000
Engine Torque - RPM2300
Top Speed155

Go Green

Green Stats
Emissions - ICE
CO0.352
CO2 (g/km)279 (g/km)
HC0.038
HC+NOxN
Noise Level dB(A)74
NOx0.05
ParticlesN
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg)23.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
EC Extra Urban (mpg)32.1
EC Urban (mpg)16.2

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