New Mercedes-Benz SL Range
The New Mercedes-Benz SL Range prices start from £62,930 to £148,955. The SL500 ups its game from 306bhp to a brawny 388bhp, the latest V8 offering a hefty 530Nm of torque. Displacing 5.5-litres, this engine can now punt the SL500 to 60mph from standstill in just 5.1 seconds. Despite a 26 per cent improvement in the car’s sprinting ability, fuel consumption matches its predecessor at 23.2mpg. Another engine that’s new but which may escape the attention of some is the V6 fitted to the SL350. Whereas the old SL350 did very well with 245bhp, the latest model has a rather more luxuriant 272bhp to dispense at will. It’ll also realise a 3.3mpg fuel economy benefit at 27.4mpg.
Entry-level doesn’t mean slow in the case of an SL and the 350 will get to 60mph in 6.3 seconds. If you really need some apocalyptic stomp, try the SL600 for size. With a twin turbo V12 engine that cranks out no fewer than 517bhp, you’ll need quick fingers on the stopwatch as it demolishes 60mph in 4.2 seconds. For a sportier drive, there’s also the 510bhp SL55 AMG with its stiffer settings, upgraded brakes and a 4.6s 0-60mph time or the 65 AMG, a 612bhp monster. All SL variants are electronically limited to a top speed of 155mph and V6 and V8 models get Mercedes’ excellent 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission that will never leave you hankering for a stick and a clutch pedal.