SL-Klasse Roadster 2001-2006
Presented to the press in Hamburg in July 2001
The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R 230 was presented to the press in the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg in July 2001. A unique combination of state-of-the-art electronic chassis systems guaranteed an exceptional driving experience and outstanding driving safety. It set tones in sports cars and automotive engineering.
At the time of its introduction, the SL 500 was available with an output of 225 kW (306 hp). In the autumn of 2001, the SL 55 AMG with a supercharged V8 and an output of 350 kW (476 hp) was added to the range. In 2002, the SL 350 followed with a 180 kW (245 hp) 3.7-litre V6 engine, and in January 2003 Mercedes-Benz introduced the SL 600 with a 368 kW (500 hp) 5.5-litre V12 twin-turbo engine as the new flagship model.
SL-Klasse Roadster 2006-2008
Five years after its introduction, Mercedes‑Benz reworked the SL, which it unveiled in 2006 at the International Motor Show in Geneva. The engines, drive train, and chassis were sportier.
The six-cylinder engine in the SL 350 had also been redesigned. The output of the 200 kW (272 hp) V6 engine (M 272) had increased by 11 percent and its fuel consumption decreased by more than 1 litre per 100 km. NEDC combined consumption was 10.3 litres per 100 km. The SL 350 accelerated from 0 to 100 km in 6.6 seconds, making it more than half a second faster than the previous model.
The V12 twin-turbo SL 600
The leader of the pack was the V12 twin-turbo SL 600. Its output increased to 380 kW (517 hp) and its maximum torque to 830 Nm. The SL’s 12-cylinder engine accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds.
The R 230, now a youngtimer but over a number of years number 6 in the row of the SL roadster classics?
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Ownership of R230 in the year 2017 truly is a possession to be treasured.