Latest edition to the Mercedes-Benz SL line-up is the V6 engined SL 350. Even in standard specification, the V6 sports car boasts the high-tech features which also distinguish the SL 500 presented in autumn 2001. These include the vario-roof, Sensotronic Brake Control, automatic roll-over bar, electrically adjustable integral seats, adaptive airbags for driver and passenger, and large head-thorax sidebags. The Mercedes sports car is also fitted as standard with a stereo radio system, sensor-controlled automatic climate control, xenon headlamps, high-quality aluminium trim and seat covers in a sporty fabric/leather combination.
Mercedes-Benz has connected the V6 engine with the Sequentronic automated six-speed transmission, which SL 350 drivers can operate from the steering wheel, as in a racing car. Two rocker switches on the back of the steering wheel spokes allow particularly fast gear-change at the touch of a button. In addition, Sequentronic offers two gearshift programs (Comfort and Sport), which drivers can use to adapt the characteristics of the transmission to their personal driving style. Meanwhile, auto-shift mode is available for stop-and-go traffic conditions. This function enables Sequentronic to change gear automatically.
The new six-cylinder SL-Class model also has the same chassis construction as the SL 500, with the exception of the Active Body Control spring/damper control system. This means that the SL 350 also features four-link front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension made from aluminium and disc brakes on all wheels, which are applied by the Sensotronic Brake Control electrohydraulic high-pressure braking system in response to the driving situation in hand.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004
m-b should have boosted there v-6 a very long time ago, with this new v-6 i know that they are going to take over the market.
Although the SL55 AMG is irrisistable, they're about 130 a pop. So with its smaller grunt, hopefully Benz will price the tamed beast reasonalbly so that the Tbird will have a competitor.
i'm not cery fond of mercedes, but this sl is one of most beautiful cars that mercedes has built. if only this car could not be so expensive, it would be one of the best selling convertibles from this manufacturor. engine is very good, too bad that bmw doesn't offer z8 with less powerful engine than the v8.