You don’t have to wait to actually drive an SL to discover just how sporty it is: a glance is enough to see this. The optional sports package intensifies this impression even more. The 7G-TRONIC Sport 7-speed automatic transmission, with its steering-wheel gearshift paddles, enables a sizeable portion of motorsport experience. With the gearshift paddles not only do you shift gear exactly as you would in a racing car, but also considerably faster – with shift times up to 30 per cent shorter. In the SL 280 and SL 350 the sports package can even be heard: thanks to the sports air filter, which produces a rich sporty sound. In the vehicle interior the sporty details simply cannot be overlooked. Exclusivity and sportiness at the very highest level. Starting with the black leather upholstery with its silver topstitching. These design elements provide a clear emphasis and can be found in other elements of the interior – for instance in the centre console, the dashboard, the armrest and the velour floor mats: the steering wheel and the selector lever are additionally covered in perforated leather and make the high value of these appointments tangible. Their self-reliant look is underlined by aluminium prism trim elements. They form a coherent contrast to the rest of the interior, which is intentionally kept in dark tones, also thanks to the black roof lining.