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More Details of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Posted by on February 14, 2006 at 12:05 PM CST

As promised, Mercedes has published a new press release detailing  
additional specifications of the updated SL-Class.

Similar to the previous story about the SL 55 AMG, the new press  
release covers pretty much everything pertaining to the SL's updated  
styling, as well as extensive standard features and options lists.

Visit to see new photos of the updated SL, and  
check out the full press release below.  Enjoy.


Design and model range: Refined sportiness
Driven by a strong tradition: updated model continues the SL legend

Stuttgart, Feb 14, 2006

Since its debut in 2001, the fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz SL has  
now also established itself as a particularly desirable vehicle in  
every market. With its unique combination of compelling design,  
advanced technology and a strong character, it is able to win over  
drivers in all age groups. The "SL" model designation is synonymous  
with passion, emotion, driving enjoyment and the sheer thrill of  
travelling in a roadster – as, indeed, it has been for more than 50  
years. Ever since the very first SL appeared in 1954, car enthusiasts  
all over the world have been captivated by this legendary Mercedes  
model series.

The new generation SL-Class resolutely perpetuates the SL legend and  
the unprecedented success story of the model series. With a worldwide  
market share of 35 percent, the SL-Class is the clear market leader  
in its segment. The model update measures in the areas of design,  
engineering, equipment/appointments and quality will help to extend  
this lead even further.

Design: modifications calculated to create a more dynamic appearance

Sparkling new looks yet still familiar – welcome to the latest  
generation of the SL-Class. Only a few details of the body which has  
won a whole series of awards were modified by the Mercedes designers  
in order to give it a more dynamic look. One such change concerns the  
front bumper: three large air intakes with a new design provide a  
visual indication of the power of the V6, V8 and V12 engines. By  
adding to the presence and width of the face of the SL, these  
distinctive openings visually lower the centre of gravity of the  
vehicle. New, oval fog lamps with chrome surrounds reinforce this  
effect and harmonise with the twin-headlamp face. The noticeably more  
pronounced V-shape of the front bumper gives the Mercedes sports car  
a more energetic and powerful look, even when stationary. Now  
featuring three louvres instead of the previous four, the slightly  
higher matt-silver-painted radiator grille also looks more dominant.  
The louvres have a more substantial appearance and feature chrome  
highlights which contribute to the sense of exclusivity.

Light-alloy wheels: attractive designs in 17 and 18-inch versions

The side view of the new generation SL-Class is dominated by  
attractive light-alloy wheels with an updated 5-spoke design. The SL  
350 and SL 500 have new 17-inch wheels while the SL 600 has 18-inch  
light-alloy wheels in an exclusive V12 design. Two new 18-inch wheels  
are available as an option for all three models. Featuring a high- 
sheen surface and deliberately technical styling, the wheels with the  
new 5-twin-spoke design look a size bigger thanks to their spokes  
which continue right into the rim well. The new 10-spoke wheels add a  
distinctly elegant touch with their rounded, flowing forms.

Modified rear light units enhance the muscular rear of the updated SL- 
Class. Their red and white lenses bring extra brilliance to the rear  
view of the SL-Class while their horizontal division creates an  
impression of greater width.

Awards: numerous prizes reflect the quality of the design

The numerous awards with which various media and bodies have  
recognised the SL-Class since 2001 testify to the unique status of  
the Mercedes Roadster. "World’s most beautiful automobile",  
"Deutscher Designpreis" [German design prize], "Aufregendstes  
Automobil" [Most exciting car], "Auszeichnung für höchste  
Designqualität" [Award for the highest design quality] or "1. Platz  
bei den Traumwagen" [Number-one dream car] are just a few examples of  
the international awards which the two-seater with the three-pointed  
star has received.

Quality: special attention to interior details for even greater  
perceived value

The discreet modifications continue inside the vehicle. By devoting  
great attention to detail, the designers have been able to increase  
the perceived value of the SL-Class even further. The characteristic  
combination of Mercedes comfort and sportiness has been given added  
emphasis within the context of the model update measures. New, even  
softer leather upholstery (standard in SL 500 and higher) not only  
improves seating comfort but also enhances the sense of quality. The  
high-sheen metal door sills with Mercedes-Benz lettering now have a  
new design. New, embossed aluminium trim elements with an attractive  
pattern (standard in the SL 350, available as a no-cost option for  
the SL 500) are pleasing to the eye and to the touch. Burr walnut  
wood trim elements with a new grain pattern are standard in the V8  
and V12 models and are available as an optional extra for the SL 350.

Another enhanced-quality feature is the redesigned shroud with double  
topstitching which houses the instrument cluster with its classic,  
chronometer-style gauges. To the right is the digital clock with a  
new dot-matrix display for better legibility. In front of the clock,  
the cover of the ventilation outlet has also been redesigned. The  
control switch for the vario-roof now has a more user-friendly form  
and a metallic surface. The two-seater can be converted from a coupé  
to a roadster – and vice-versa – in 16 seconds. The vario-roof is  
also available in a glass version as an optional extra.

Interior: new colour scheme for a luxurious and sporty ambience

The interior colour scheme of the new generation SL-Class has also  
been completely revised. In addition to the familiar alpaca grey and  
pebble beige, customers now have the choice of three new leather  
colours (standard for SL 500 or higher): black, flamenco red and  
cognac brown. The adoption of black as the new contrast colour  
extends the scope of the colour scheme and creates a luxurious and  
sporty ambience. The SL 350 has black seats in combined  
leather/"Como" fabric and can be equipped with leather upholstery as  
an option. All model variants can be equipped with particularly  
luxurious Exclusive nappa leather appointments, comprising an all- 
leather finish for the dashboard, door panels, centre console and the  
area behind the seats; the roof lining is finished in Alcantara.  
Customers have always been offered a wide range of colour  
combinations with which to individualise their SL-Class and the  
choice has been extended even further in the context of the model  
update measures. There are now five different interior colours and  
twelve exterior paint finishes to choose from, meaning that SL  
customers now have no less than 60 different possibilities for  
individualising the colour statement made by their sports car.

Particularly scratch-resistant nanoparticle paint technology is standard

The SL-Class is equipped as standard with the substantially more  
scratch-resistant clearcoat based on nanotechnology. This innovative  
paint system, which was introduced first by the Stuttgart-based  
automotive brand, is used in both metallic and non-metallic paint  
finishes. Remarkable advances in the area of nanotechnology have  
allowed tiny ceramic particles - each less than a millionth of a  
millimetre in size - to be integrated into the molecular structure of  
the binding agent. The nanoparticles provide a three-fold improvement  
in the scratch resistance of the paintwork and ensure visibly  
enhanced gloss over an extended period of time.

designo: even greater choice with new Edition interior packages

SL customers who wish to individualise their vehicles further can  
call on an even wider designo range with immediate effect. Ever since  
it was launched more than ten years ago, the high-quality designo  
range has become increasingly popular, especially among customers of  
the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class who like to use this unique range of  
individualisation options to add a particularly personal and  
exclusive dimension to their roadster.

Twelve different designo metallic paint finishes featuring  
particularly scratch-resistant nanotechnology can be combined with  
twelve single-tone or twelve two-tone designo leather upholstery  
finishes – with the result that there are practically unlimited  
possibilities for customers to turn their personal preferences into  
reality. A new feature is the designo logo on a high-quality metal  
badge set into the seat backrests. The designo Exclusive leather  
appointments have been enhanced substantially: leather appointments  
in the selected designo colour now cover not only the seats and the  
door centre panels, but also the lower part of the dashboard, the  
lower parts of the door panels, the rear shelf panelling and the  
centre console. Additional appointments available include designo  
Alcantara in anthracite, alpaca grey or pebble beige for the vario- 
roof lining as well as the A and C-pillars.

With regard to the designo wood trim elements, customers can choose  
between three variants:

maple grain stained in designo natural or designo umber
designo matt natural oak grain – a new, attractive wood trim

As unique as ever, the designo stone trim elements made from genuine  
granite are available in two versions for the SL-Class:

Labrador blue pearl
black Star Galaxy

Furthermore, for the first time, two designo interior appointments  
packages offering an extremely attractive combination of colours and  
materials are available for the SL 350 and SL 500.

designo Edition I features a classically elegant combination of  
colours and comprises:

leather appointments in cashmere beige
trim elements in designo matt natural oak grain
front armrest lid in designo black leather
designo black leather selector lever
instrument-cluster shroud in designo black leather
Alcantara roof lining in anthracite
lower section of dashboard in cashmere beige

The designo Edition II appointments package has a sporty character  
and comprises:

leather appointments in designo basalt grey
trim elements in black carbon fibre
front armrest lid in designo black leather
designo black leather selector lever
instrument-cluster shroud in designo black leather
Alcantara roof lining in anthracite
lower section of dashboard in basalt grey

AMG optional extras: even more powerful and dynamic looks for the SL- 

The SL-Class can be given an even sportier character by means of two  
optional extras from Mercedes-AMG: AMG bodystyling and AMG light- 
alloy wheels. AMG bodystyling comprises front and rear aprons as well  
as side skirts and has the characteristic AMG design: at the front,  
the redesigned bumper with the large cooling air intakes and oval fog  
lamps with chrome surrounds makes a particularly powerful statement –  
and gives the new generation SL-Class an even more muscular  
appearance. The side skirts pick up the design of the front apron  
with their distinctive styling and create a link to the rear apron.  
The striking rear bumper with its black insert provides a satisfying  

Another particularly sporty touch is added by the AMG 5-spoke light- 
alloy wheels. Painted in sterling silver, they are now available as  
19-inch wheels for the first time as a factory-fitted option. With  
their wide 255/35 (front) and 285/30 (rear) tyres, they fill out the  
wheel arches perfectly and give the SL-Class a decidedly dynamic  
look. Moreover, they also enhance the handling characteristics even  
further. AMG bodystyling and the distinctive AMG light-alloy wheels  
are available for all three model variants of the Mercedes-Benz SL- 

Optimum transport solution: high-quality bag for area behind seats

Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH offers the ideal travelling companion  
for those long trips in the form of a bag which has been specially  
developed and designed for the SL-Class. This elegant piece of  
luggage is matched precisely to the dimensions of the SL-Class and  
thus makes optimum use of the luggage shelf. The base of the bag is  
raised slightly in the middle to allow it fit snugly and securely  
over the centre tunnel of the Roadster.

In addition to the standard black/black colour scheme, the rear-shelf  
bag will be offered in future in the three most popular colours of  
the original leather upholstery of the SL-Class, each colour being  
used in combination with black ballistic nylon. Furthermore, the  
customer can make a special request for the bag to be made from any  
other original leather upholstery so that it is a perfect, harmonious  
match for the interior of his or her vehicle. Thanks to the integral  
retaining loops made from hard-wearing nappa cowhide, the bag can be  
secured particularly effectively with the optional luggage strap  
system. The intelligent interior layout of the bag allows it to be  
packed in many different ways to provide optimum protection for  
valuable items.

Enhanced even further: standard equipment of the new generation SL-Class

Overview of the comprehensive standard equipment of the SL-Class  

7G-TRONIC automatic transmission (SL 350 and SL 500)
Active Service System ASSYST
Adaptive brake lights
Adaptive front airbags
Aluminium trim elements
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Anti-theft alarm system
Automatic child-seat recognition
Automatic climate control
Belt tensioners and belt force limiters
Brake Assist
Central displays in instrument cluster
Central locking with remote control and crash sensor
Cruise control with SPEEDTRONIC variable speed limiter
Cup holders
Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
Exit lights in the doors
Extended central locking incl. closure/opening of vario-roof and side  
Fog lamps
Head/thorax sidebags in the doors
Headlamp Assist
Headlamp cleaning system
Integral seats, electrically adjustable
Light-alloy wheels
Memory function for seats, steering wheel and mirrors
Multifunction steering wheel
Nanoparticle paint finish
Outside temperature display
Power windows
Pre-installation for carphone
Rain sensor
Remote boot-lid release system
Removable luggage cover
Sensor-controlled roll-over bar
Speed-sensitive power steering
Steering column, electrically adjustable
Steering wheel with automatic entry/exit assistance
Tinted glass
TIREFIT with electric compressor
Trip computer
Tyre pressure loss warning system
Wide tyres, size 255/45 R 17
Xenon headlamps

Additional standard equipment in SL 500 (selection):

Active Body Control
Automatically dimming interior mirror and driver's side exterior mirror
Burr walnut trim elements with new grain pattern
Heated seats
Leather upholstery
Metallic paint

Additional standard equipment in SL 600 (selection):

18-inch light-alloy wheels
Active Body Control
Automatically dimming interior mirror and driver's side exterior mirror
Bi-xenon headlamps with headlamp cleaning system, dynamic range  
adjustment and cornering light function
Burr walnut trim elements with new grain pattern
CD changer
Centre door panels in ruffled leather
COMAND APS with DVD navigation system, radio and telephone keypad
Heated seats
Leather upholstery
Metallic paint
Surround sound system
V12 lettering on front wings
V12 logo on head restraints and floor mats
Wide tyres, size 255/40 R 18 at front, 285/35 R 18 at rear
Wood/leather steering wheel and selector lever

Principal optional extras at a glance:

7G-TRONIC Sport automatic transmission with manual driving program  
and steering-wheel shift paddles (SL 350 and SL 500)
Active Body Control (SL 350)
AMG 19-inch light-alloy wheels
AMG bodystyling
Bi-xenon headlamps with headlamp cleaning system, dynamic range  
adjustment and cornering light function (SL 350 and SL 500)
Burr walnut trim elements with new grain pattern
designo Edition interior appointments packages
designo range
DISTRONIC proximity control
Exclusive nappa leather upholstery
Heated steering wheel
LINGUATRONIC voice-operated control system
Luxury seats including ventilation and heating function
Multicontour backrest
Multicontour seats
Panoramic vario-roof
Remote boot-lid locking
Run-flat tyres (MOExtended)
Shift paddles with manual driving program (SL 600)
TV receiver
Tyre pressure monitoring system
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