Aluminum. This is what differentiates the new Mercedes SL from all its predecessors. Sure, the original 300SL could be built from aluminum, but the price was pure pain. With the 2013 SL, Mercedes is making a proper aluminum proposition, so the car can be proud of its Sport Leicht
However, such assets alone are irrelevant nowadays, so the new SL tops that with a never-ending list of tech goodies. This thing basically introduces itself as an engineer’s wet dream.
Then again, this is how the model started out in life. The original 1954 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing was literally a race car for the road. By the time the 300SL turned into a roadster, it was already famous. When it comes to what it’s done for the company, the SL should be up there with Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler.
By the way, the 300SL is also the ancestor of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
. Since we’ve already driven that, it’s time to zoom in on its other descendent, the 2013 Mercedes SL. We followed the late Steve Jobs’ example
and went for the AMG model.
We recently got to play with a Mercedes SL63 AMG. The aforementioned aluminum construction, the switch to turbocharging, the new magician’s roof, there were so many things to test about this car.
Walking towards our tester made us realize that the SL, especially in AMG guise, has the allure of an eagle. Look at it, just standing there in the parking lot and surveilling everything in total silence. It’s time to see how this bird flies then.Continue reading