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  Mercedes-Benz SL 600

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Country of origin:Germany
Produced from:1992 - 2001
Numbers built:11089
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFrom October 1992, three and a half years after its presentation in Geneva, the SL was also available with the 400 hp 6-liter V12-engine, which had already been used in S-Class sedans and coupes. The Fuel Injection and throttle systems were modified to reduce emissions further resulting in an output of 'only' 394 hp, 14 hp less than in the original version. The V12-engine gave the 600 SL extremely high performance, although the figures were not much better than for the V8: 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and the same electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The difference in price of over DM 60,000 meant that the 600 SL was a matter of prestige. Of course the 600 SL was comprehensively equipped, including many features that were options on the 500 SL such as adaptive damping with body-height control on both axles, air-conditioning, leather upholstery, heated seats etc. At the same time as the new top model appeared the 500 SL was modified slightly. The original version of the 4-valve V8-engine with Bosch KE-Jetronic Fuel Injection was replaced by the one used in the 500 E and the S-Class sedans and coupes with Bosch LH-Jetronic Fuel Injection with electronic air-mass sensoring and an altered crankcase. The richer fuel mixture during full throttle was eliminated in the interest of lower emissions, as with all other V8- and V12-models, resulting in a slight loss of output of 6 hp which made hardly any difference to performance.

From 1993 Mercedes-Benz changed their naming policy and the 600 SL was renamed SL 600.

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