Steane Klose | Apr 26, 2008

Mercedes-Benz has released Australian pricing details for their 2009 SL-class roadster. The refreshed SL has received a number of mechanical and cosmetic upgrades as well as price increases across the entire range of between $5000 and $9000.

Entry level SL ownership begins with the SL 350 now priced at $223,000. The SL 350 benefits from a revised 3.5-litre V6 that now produces a healthy 232kW (a 32kW improvement) while the SL range with the exception of the AMG cars also receives a new speed adjustable direct-steer system.

The SL-Class model range includes the SL 350, SL 500, SL 600, SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG, Australia will not receive Europe's entry level SL 280.

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As we have come to expect from Mercedes-Benz products, safety is high on the agenda and in addition to standard goodies such as bi-xenon headlights, a COMAND multimedia system and airscarf neck-level heating (hence the unusually shaped headrests), the SL range features the following standard safety features:

• Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

• Brake Assist (BAS)

• Anti-theft alarm system with interior motion sensor

• Automatically dimming interior and driver’s side exterior mirrors

• Automatically extending roll-over bar concealed behind head restraints

• Electronic Stability Programme ESP®

• Front airbags and head/thorax sidebags for driver and passenger

• PARKTRONIC parking assistance system

• Seatbelt pre-tensioners with belt-force limiters

• Tyre pressure loss warning system

The pre-facelift SL 55 AMG is no-longer available, its place taken by the 6.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 powered SL 63 AMG - 386kW of power and 630Nm of torque should be enough. Gear changing is handled by the new AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT seven-speed sports transmission.

In the event that the SL 63 AMG seems a bit ‘light on’ then there is always the range topping SL 65 AMG, and its 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine. Outputs remain unchanged but 450kW and 1000 Nm hardly needs improving. The SL is no feather weight but in SL 63 guise it will sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

Pricing for SL-class range is as follows:

SL 350 - $223,000

SL 500 - $306,000

SL 600 - $385,000

SL 63 AMG - $382,000

SL 65 AMG - $468,000

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