UPDATED ROADSTER:Mercedes-Benz has given its elegant roadster, the SL, technological and style upgrades. Image: Wheels24
Zwartkops - Mercedes launched a flurry of new models in July. In addition to the all-new Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, the automaker showed off tweaked versions of its SLC and SL.
The SL range comprises the SL 400 with its V6 engine producing 270kW/500Nm (25kW/20Nm) and monstrous SL 500 powered by a 335kW V8. Additional variants are the 63 and 65 but more on those derivatives later in the article.
As standard the power transfer is handled by the new 9G-TRONIC nine-speed auto.
The Dynamic select button alters the vehicle characteristics, as the system modifies the setup of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering input.
The electronically-operated roof can now be operated at up to 40km/h. For those tech-savvy buyers, Apple Carplay is now available for the SL 400 and 500.
Additional variants include the two Mercedes-AMG models in the guise of the SL 63 and SL 65, the latter with a V12 engine.
The SL 63 uses a 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine to generate an output of 430kW/900Nm. The SL 65 is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine rated at 463kW and a mammoth 1000Nm of peak torque.
The new SL features a revised front end: the standard, unique diamond radiator grille extends downwards. Two power domes accentuate the long, drawn-out bonnet. The SL is fitted with new standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System.
Standard features on SL 400 and SL 500 -
AMG styling pack
AMG performance exhaust
Standard features on Mercedes-AMG SL 63 and SL -
AMG differential lock
Dynamic select switch
Keyless go package
SL 400 - R1 435 100
SL 500 - R 1 767 900
AMG SL 63 - R2 454 300
AMG SL 65 - R3 119 900