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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 debut at the Detroit Motor Show
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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was major leak in recent days, now it’s will make its official world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show in January. With full specs and details of the new R231, the sixth generation of the SL Class, the same material used for the multi-link front and rear suspensions. As a result, its weight has been reduced by up to 308 pounds (140 kg) compared to its predecessor.

“There are around 900 million cars in the world and thousands of models. But there is only a handful of automotive icons,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Our SL is one of them: It has class, it has style, it is the ultimate in comfort and luxury. And it combines all that with an incredibly sporty and dynamic character. You would struggle to find a car that embodies Gottlieb Daimler’s aspiration more perfectly than our new SL – the best or nothing.”

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is divided into two versions, SL550 and SL350 and will be available with two different suspension setups, both of which will feature the Agility Control Suspension system as standard and the Active Body Control system as an option. They are combined with a new electromechanical, speed-sensitive power steering called Direct-Steer that reduces the effort required by the driver in low-speed maneuvers and increases its weight and feel at high speeds.

On the outside, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class wears an all-new look that nevertheless draws on its heritage. The front end, with the upright grille, more vertical headlights, and character-lined hood. At the sides, accent folds and vent strakes, which in turn blend into the expansive, slightly sloped rear deck, the large triangular tail lights, and the dual exhaust outlets in the rear bumper.

On the interior, with a wing-inspired dashboard and instrument panel and a cockpit-like center stack and console. Other new features for the 2013 model year include FrontBass – which turns the 2013 SL-Class into a concert hall with the top up or down – and the MAGIC VISION CONTROL – a transparent panoramic roof that switches between light and dark at the push of a button. In addition, these include the driver drowsiness detection system Attention Assist and the Adaptive Brake, both of which are standard. The Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and the Pre Safe autonomous emergency braking system are optional.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 owner power a 4.6 liter V8 engine producing 429-hp with a maximum torque of 516 lb-ft. It’s a significant upgrade over the previous SL550, with 47 more horsepower and 125 pound-feet more torque.

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 with an output of 302HP and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque. Despite being less powerful than the previous SL 350, the increased torque along with the reduced weight make it 0.3 seconds faster in the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint while, at the same time, recording an average consumption of 6.8 lt/100 km (equal to 42 mpg UK and 34.6 mpg US).

Prices and other details of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 will arrive in showrooms in the spring of 2012.

You can view a collection of high quality pictures of 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.


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