The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports cars –introduction

  • The tradition of these extraordinary sports cars begins in 1952
  • The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has its roots in racing history
  • Every SL generation is an innovation platform for the Mercedes-Benz brand

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PeterH on October 2nd, 2012

Less weight, more vision, more sound

Stuttgart – Before the year is out, Mercedes-Benz will present a completely redeveloped SL Roadster made for the first time almost entirely from aluminium. The full aluminium bodyshell of this newly developed vehicle weighs around 110 kilograms less than a comparable bodyshell constructed with the technology used for its predecessor.


Continue reading about TecDay – the new SL

  • Test vehicle created in the mid-1960s
  • One-off with extraordinary performance

Stuttgart – There was not an overabundance of powerful engines in the Mercedes-Benz model range in the mid-1960s. In the six-cylinder engine category there was the 2.5-litre engine M 129 with 150 hp (110 kW), developed from the former 2.2-litre M 180 engine of the 220 model, and the 3-litre M 189 with aluminium crankcase in the 300 SE, with 170 hp (125 kW), derived from the 3-litre M 186 of the 300 model.


Continue reading about Mercedes-Benz SL, model range W 113, with eight-cylinder engine

  • The research vehicle had side-sticks instead of steering wheel and pedals
  • Electromechanical control is safer and faster
  • “Drive-by-wire” principle de-couples the input device from the suspension

Continue reading about In 1998, the Mercedes-Benz SL, R 129 series, provided a glimpse at the future of steering

  • In its time the safest open-top car in the world
  • A milestone in the history of passive safety
  • The automatic roll-over bar deploys in 0.3 seconds in the event of danger of overturning

Continue reading about The safety concept of the Mercedes-Benz SL, R 129 series (1989 to 2001)

  • A reaction to new environmental regulations
  • At times models were built specifically for the US market
  • The crowning point was the Mercedes-Benz 560 SL, launched in 1985

Continue reading about The reduced-emission Mercedes-Benz SL models of the R 107 series

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