After an early leak that saw the first images of the new Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sneak online, the full swag of official details and images has now been released as Part of the new SL’s LA Auto Show debut.
Arriving as a facelift for the current R231 generation SL roadster, the new SL features a fresh face that takes it inspiration from the Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe.
Beyond the new look is a folding metal hardtop that can now be operated at speeds of up to 40km/h, a nine-speed automatic from non-AMG models, and curve tilting suspension from the S-Class Coupe.
Up front the SL-Class wears a new bonnet, with twin power domes, evoking the SL’s past, as well as new front guards, a new bumper and grille, and new adaptive LED headlamps.
All cars receive and AMG styling pack, standard models features a diamond pattern grille, while AMG cars wear a mesh grille with twin crossbar.
The range consists of four models, beginning with the twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 SL 400, which now produces 270kW and 500Nm, 25kW and 20Nm more than before. Next is the 335kW/700Nm SL 500, powered by a twin-turbo 4.7 litre V8.
Those looking for more oomph can opt for either the AMG SL 63 with a 430kW/900Nm 5.5 litre twin-turbo V8, or the mind-bending 463kW/1000Nm AMG SL 65, powered by a twin-turbo V12.
Acceleration times for the range start at 4.9 seconds 0-100 km/h for the SL 400, 4.3 seconds for the SL 500, 4.1 seconds for the SL 63, and 4.0 seconds neat for the torque-monster SL 65.
In the cabin the SL features upgraded infotainment and connectivity thanks to Mercedes Me connect services including accident emergency call, accident recovery, breakdown management, and maintenance management.
Optional features add remote locking and unlocking, parked vehicle location, navigation handover from a compatible mobile phone, and vehicle tracking.
Audio systems include an optional 600 watt, 11-speaker Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system, or an even more outstanding 900 watt, 12 speaker Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG system including LED-lit tweeters.
On the road, the new SL rides steel suspension with adaptive dampers, but can be optioned with Active Body Control including curve tilting which can reduce body roll by leaning the car into corners by up to 2.65 degrees between 15 and 180 km/h.
An optional Performance suspension is also available for SL 63 allowing a choice of Sport or Comfort modes, selectable by the driver. SL 63 and 65 both feature a standard mechanical rear differential lock as well.
The transmission of the SL 400 and SL 500 moves to Mercedes-Benz newest nine-speed automatic while the AMG SL 63 and SL 65 retain the seven-speed multi-clutch transmission.
To go with the folding Vario Roof, which can now be operated at speeds up to 40 km/h the SL range also includes an automatic boot separator which deploys as required when the roof is operated, negating the need to have to get out of the vehicle.
Luggage loading can be aided by a setting that lifts the folded roof by 25 degrees, and the boot lid features hands-free access allowing it to be opened by sweeping a foot under the rear bumper.
Australian deliveries of the updated SL range are expected to begin in mid-2016, with overseas markets expected to see the revised model early in 2016.