Mercedes-SL 500 India, Mercedes-SL 500 Review « India Cars

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Mercedes SL 350

Mercedes-SL 500 India, Mercedes-SL 500 Review

The Mercedes SL500 balances the engine’s horses with implausible chassis electronics, aggression in style with elegance, and driving pleasure with serious comfort.   It is perfectly proportioned and blending menace with silken class, the SL is one of the best looking cars. It has a folding metal roof similar like SLK.

It also has adjustable air suspension, a super-stiff platform and chassis aids including ABS, traction control, electronic stability program or ESP, and Sensotronic Brake Control or SBC, which will adjust braking force on each side of the car to keep it stable under braking. The suspension has varying comfort/sport modes, and can also be raised by 30mm to aid ground clearance. The flip side of all this technology is that the SL, despite using aluminium and light metals extensively still weighs 1.8 tonnes.

The cabin is just as good as the exterior, with a swoopy dashboard, terrific hooded dials, and a futuristic central console. It#8217;s very well designed and built, with great attention to detail. It#8217;s only a two-seater, but comfort is excellent, the seats and steering wheel fully adjustable, and you can have hot or cold air blown out of the seats as well.

However, some buttons look cheap, and boot space shrinks to a mere 235 litres when you stow away the hood.

Mercedes SL 350

With a 5.0-litre, 306bhp and 46.9kgm V8 under the hood, performance is astonishing, with massive amounts of torque throughout the rev-band and some serious horsepower — top speed is limited to 255kph, and we believe there#8217;s easily another 20kph left to go.

It#8217;s also perfectly happy around town, with so much torque at hand, and the brilliant five-speed automatic adapts to your driving style. Power delivery is smooth, creamy and delivered with only a muted growl when you press on.

Fuel economy is unpleasant —it returns only 4.3kpl in the city and 7.3kpl on the highway. The electronics provide a superlative handling/ride balance: ride quality is excellent for a sports car, and the handling quite incredible for a car of this size and weight. Quick steering gives great accuracy, and it#8217;s very agile through corners, the suspension firming up when it senses you want to drive hard.

This means the car is immensely stable and grippy even at 190kph-plus, without the driver having to do anything but depress the throttle.

It#8217;s so good; actually, that you have to keep an eye on the speedometer, or you won#8217;t know how fast you#8217;re going. The brakes are excellent too, giving you total confidence and prompting you to drive faster than ever before.

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