Lavish on motoring enjoyment, thrifty on fuel: the SL 280. Its 6-cylinder drive unit delivers 170 kW (231 hp) and 300 Nm of torque from 2500 to 5000 rpm. You get in, you fire up the engine, your heart starts beating faster. And that’s the way it stays – even after the drive. You’ll be even happier when you look at the fuel gauge. That’s because the SL 280 is extremely economical on fuel.
The only thing you might find difficult about the SL 350 is to calmly ignore it. Its 6-cylinder engine provides 232 kW (316 hp) and when the accelerator pedal is depressed, with its 360 Nm it makes its pulling power felt at once. From zero to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds – the sports engine awaits you with its 3,498 cc displacement and has enormous power reserves under the bonnet. Thanks to a higher compression ratio and the new cylinder head with optimised inlet port, improved air supply and airflow, there are practically no limits for driving enjoyment. And the environment also benefits: it was possible to reduce consumption and CO2 emissions significantly.
For those for whom motoring pleasure includes enjoying a fine sound, the SL 500 is a particular treat for the ears: with its unmistakable baritone voice, the vehicle displays its talent. 285 kW (388 hp) and a maximum torque of 530 Nm sling the SL 500 from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 5.4 seconds. In order to achieve these values, a special cylinder head was designed for the V8 engine: every pair of intake and outlet valves is controlled via continuously-variable camshaft adjustment, enabling an optimum combustion process. This reduces fuel consumption and pollutant emissions, but above all, it increases the engine’s power.