The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a grand tourer manufactured by Mercedes since 1954 SL appointment from the German Sport leicht, or the Sport Lightweight and was the first applied to the 300SL, often referred to as the ‘Gullwing’ Gullwing or its top-opening departments. The term Mercedes-Benz SL-Class refers to the variations of marketing of the car, including engine configurations years of design six generations.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class W198 W121 (1954-1963)
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 300SL was introduced in 1954 in the form Coupe, featuring Gullwing doors. The Roadster 300SL won the Coupe in 1957. The 190SL 4-cylinder was more the product of 25,881 units, since 1955 Cars of the open Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available as a coupe with removable hardtop or as Roadster with soft top convertible or with both tops.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class W113 (1963-1971)
Followed by the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 230SL, a new design 2.3L mechanically fuel injected six-cylinder. It featured a low waistline and big curved greenhouse windows, and the Roadster Coupe and hardtop detachable, distinctive roofline whose earned the nickname “top of the pyramid.” The design was Paul Bracq. Around 1967, found an increase in engine displacement and the model is known as the 250SL. Within a year of displacement engine was increased for the last time and the model designation became the 280SL. From the later versions of the 250SL changes made to the dashboard padding, switches and handles, door pockets (US models only) and steering wheel. In addition, on the first 230SL different center hub caps and wheel trim rings became full wheelcovers.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R107 (1972-1989)
86-89 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class models retain the modern 4-pot brakes, larger discs, and the suspension is derived from the sedan W124. The body itself is made with modern paint system designed to enhance corrosion protection. But this was good as the models still continued to rust especially around the wheel arches, Sills, jacking points, floor and front wings; especially drill holes in the mudflaps and passenger sides facing the engine bay.
The base model Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 300SL was available as standard in a manual 5-speed although very few were sold. The SOHC 6 cylinder M103 is often considered the benefits of handling with its lighter weight engine. The 560SL only sold in the Canada, USA, Japan, and Australia to compensate the output of the reduction in the 5.0L because of stricter emission laws in these markets.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R129 (1989-2002)
The 1990 Mercedes SL base model was a 228 hp (170 kW) 3.0 L inline 6 300SL version in the US. In Europe the model had a 190 hp (140 kW) 3.0 L inline 6 300SL 12 valve, and hp 228 (170 kW) 3.0 L inline 6 valve 24 known as the 300SL 24. But with the 322 hp (240 kW) 500SL which made the headlines. The specification of assaults, and electric windows, seats and the roof. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class model R129 convertible / Roadster first to offer automatic rollbar deployment in the event of rollover. A driver can also manually lowering the rollbar should he choose. This helps clean look of R129 without compromising the safety of the resident’s.
1994 saw a minor facelift for the SL and changes taillamps and white signal turn indicators in the front, and the 300SL was replaced in Europe and the SL280 and SL320 (with 2.8 L and 3.2 L i6 engines). The SL500 continued same powerful engine. A 389 hp (290 kW) 6.0 L V12 SL600 topped the list. Introduced in 1993 as the 600SL, it was re-badged SL600 in 1994. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL320 300SL in the United States in 1995, but the SL280 was not offered. The SLs 6-cylinder dropped from the US in 1998, leaving the V8 and V12. The SL500 got a new 302 hp (225 kW) 5.0 L V8 for 1999.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R230 (2003-2008)
The fifth generation of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was in production between 2001 and 2008. SL all-new featured a hardtop retractable available on BarHonda since 1997. This included the L 5.0 302 hp (225 kW) V8, and 5.4 L AMG supercharged V8 appearing in 2002’s SL55 AMG. V12 engines are available in SL600 and limited-production SL65 AMG and SL350 3.7 L (3724 cc) 18-valve V6 245 hp in other markets.
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R231 (2012-present)
In December 2011, Mercedes-Benz announced the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class and is being launched at the North American International Auto Show in January 2012. The new SL (R231) has been produced for the first time almost entirely of aluminum. The new aluminum bodyshell weighs around 110 kilograms less than it would using the steel technology from the predecessor. The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has more help on-board than its predecessor and therefore does not really willing to sacrifice some of the weight saved through the aluminum body-shell, the scales show some better statistics: the SL 500 (1,785 kg) weighs around 125 pounds and SL 350 (1,685 kg) is 140 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
New features include FrontBass unique system and adaptive windscreen wipe / wash system MAGIC VISION CONTROL, adding water Wiper blade as required and guidance to delete. The R231 is available with two different suspension systems: semi-active adjustable damping as standard. Optional active suspension system ABC is available instead. Both suspension variants are combined with new Electromechanical Direct-point system featuring speed-sensitive power steering and that can be varied across the steering wheel angle and reduces the amount of steering required when parking and talking. Compared with its predecessor, the new generation of the SL for a long time and extensive. The shoulder room is increased by 37 mm (1.5 in)) and elbow room 28 mm (1.1 in) for Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.