Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced local prices and spec range details for the new SL-Class. The new model comes with more powerful engines, equipped with the company’s new 9G nine-speed automatic.
Three main variants are being offered in Australia, spanning from the SL 400, SL 500, to the range-topping SL 63 AMG. All feature a turbocharged engine, along with an all-aluminium body shell and an electro-hydraulic automatic folding roof.
Starting with the SL 400, it comes with a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 producing 270kW and 500Nm. This is the same unit that’s seen in the C 43 AMG and E 43 AMG. As standard, the SL 400 gets Dynamic Select driving modes, a 600W Harman Kardon stereo with 11 speakers, and a comprehensive LCD interface with Apple CarPlay, sat-nav, and digital TV tuner.
Stepping up to the SL 500 gets you a 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 335kW and 700Nm. On top of the SL 400’s standard kit, the 500 adds Nappa leather, black ash wood trimmings, and power-closing doors.
At the top of the range is the snarling SL 63 AMG. Using a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, it belts out up to 430kW and 900Nm. This translates to a 0-100km/h time of just 4.1 seconds. The SL 63 is one of the last AMG models to use the ageing 5.5-litre V8.
As standard the AMG model gets a number of AMG highlights, including 19-inch front and 20-inch rear alloy wheels, AMG suspension with Active Body Control, a locking differential, eye-popping brakes, and a sports exhaust. It also gets a Bang & Olufsen stereo and a panoramic folding roof as standard.
The new lineup is on sale now with prices starting from the following (excludes on-road costs):
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL 400 – $218,715
2017 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 – $278,715
2017 Mercedes-AMG SL 63 – $368,715