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Mercedes SL 350

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Does ageing detract from the appeal of grand tourer?

Meet one of the most established luxury cars. The Mercedes SL has been on in various guises since And following the success of the folding on the smaller SLK, it was no surprise the technology was introduced on the flagship in 2001.

A major facelift and round of improvements in 2008 kept the SL up to but look past the familiar face of the reworked model, and starting to appear a bit dated.

The isn’t terminal, though, and the optional AMG body styling kit to our car improves matters. It includes front and rear aprons, side skirts, and gives the SL an edge without taking any of the car’s class. Inside, the age is much more obvious. The design is old-fashioned, while of the switchgear is a generation behind the attractive buttons and switches in modern Mercedes models.

The shiny finish on the transmission feels and looks cheap for a car in price range.

Sit down and improve. The seats are comfortable and plenty of space around the When it comes to everyday you get handy storage boxes the front seats, while the rear screen provides visibility.

Our car’s £1,440 glass top lots of light into the too.

The roof is the crowning of the SL. The folding mechanism is fully with the two-part hard-top away in only 17.5 It reduces the 339-litre load by 104 litres in the process, but even the hood down, there’s a amount of luggage space the protective boot divider.

knows a thing or two about how to great convertibles, and it shows. You get a wind deflector and heated as standard, while the firm’s Airscarf system wafts air around your neck. All of makes the SL great to drive the roof down in almost any

Mercedes SL 350

Once you’ve got the wind in hair, the SL 350’s 3.5-litre V6 some way to making up for the deficiencies of the It’s silky smooth but tame, and really comes from 4,500rpm, remaining up to maximum revs. Performance is and linear rather than and the smooth-shifting 7G-Tronic automatic is a perfect match.

In corners, the SL is capable but not engaging. a cruiser rather than an sports car; the steering be more precise, while the feels numb. It’s though, and the £2,640 optional Body Control suspension ensures sharp handling.

The control is slightly intrusive, but the coupé-cabriolet still inspires of confidence.

It’s relatively comfortable, although the firm ride vibrations are sent through the when you go over coarse Even so, it’s easy to see why the SL such a popular and respected roadster.

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WHY: a history that stretches to the Fifties, the SL is one of the most evocative models ever made

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