Mercedes Benz finally has just unveiled further details on its new luxury roadster model following the revealing of the first official images of this all- new 2013 SL which is set to have its global debut next month in 2012 at the Detroit Motor Show. The so called new SL R321 is the foremost mass- produced vehicle which is built from aluminum for nearly to its whole body. As well as with its multi- link front and rear suspension built in aluminum.
For the consequence, the weight of the new 2013 SL Roadster is down by around 308 pounds or equal to 140 kg lighter than the outgoing model. The aluminum employed into the vehicle not only has a function to reduce its weight, but also help to improve its rigidity to create a sportier handling quality.
The buyers will be offered with a choice of two different suspension systems. The two systems will be both equipped with Agility Control Suspension system as standard feature, while the Active Body Control system will be available as optional.
The systems then mated with a new electromechanical, speed sensitive power steering named Direct Steer. The Direct Steer itself is able to reduce the attempt required by the driver when driving on low- speed maneuvers and in the same time improve its weight and feel at high speeds. The new SL Roadster will be empowered by two direct injection gasoline engines for the Europe model. Both units then coupled to a seven- speed automatic gearbox. The first is the 3.5 liter V6 in the SL 350 which produces output of 302 ponies and 370 Nm or torque. it is less powerful indeed, however it enables the vehicle to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 0.3 seconds sprint time faster than its predecessor. It figures fuel economy of 5.6 lt/ 100 km.
Another engine is a twin- turbocharged 4.7 liter V8 derived from the outgoing S- Class. It spawns output of 429 ponies of power and 699 Nm of torque. This twin- turbocharged will be available on the SL500 in the upcoming spring for US market. This unit is able to run from 0 to 2 mph in just 4.6 seconds sprint time. The advanced systems available on this new SL including the driver drowsiness detection system Attention Assist and the Adaptive Brake which come as standard, while The Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and the Pre Safe autonomous emergency braking system are available as optional.
The SL’s retractable hard top which is offered in two versions, glass and panoramic Magic Sky Control was made from strong and light magnesium frame and even it can open or close the roof totally in around 20. The company will take the 2013 SL Roadster to be displayed on showrooms in the upcoming spring next year. In addition Mercedes Benz will also offer a limited- edition version of the 2013 SL which dubbed as Edition 1.
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