New V6 and V8 engines, as well as an uprated V12 powerplant, have been added to the range. The SL 350 accelerates from 0-62 mph in 6.6 seconds, making it more than half a second faster than the predecessor model.
A new bumper with three large cooling air intakes, fog lamps with chrome surrounds, light-alloy wheels and new rear lights are part of the changes to the exterior.
All three engine variants of the SL-Class have newly developed exhaust systems. Mercedes-Benz equips the V6 and V8 models of the new SL-Class with the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The ABC (active body control) active suspension system (standard in the SL 500 and SL 600), reduces body movement by 60%. ABC is available as an optional extra for the SL 350.
Interior changes include softer leather upholstery, new interior colours, metal doorsills with Mercedes-Benz lettering and embossed aluminium trim elements.
The two-seater can be converted from a coupé to a roadster with the folding roof in 16 seconds. A glass version is available as an optional extra.
The new-generation SL-class will have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in February.It will appear in showrooms in March.