The new 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL has been revealed and comes with some styling tweaks to bring it up to date with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz range, particularly the Mercedes-AMG GT. The two-seater convertible now has a new front bumper and bonnet with bigger front air intakes, LED headlights as standard and a larger diamond grille.
As for power, we will be seeing broadly what we have previously for the SL, it will be available in the familiar SL 400, SL 500, AMG SL 63 and AMG SL 65 models whilst the SL 400 gets a 35bhp power boost, now at 362bhp. This means 0-62mph is now dealt with in just 4.9 seconds and top speed is still limited at 155mph.
The three higher models remain unchanged, however. With the SL 500’s V8 producing 449bhp and getting from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds, the AMG SL 63 coming in at 577bhp meaning 62mph is over in just 4.1 seconds and finally the 6.0-litre V12 in the AMG SL 65 means 0-62mph takes just 4.0 seconds thanks to 621bhp on tap. All SL variants now also come with the 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission as standard.
The driver is now able to choose varying set-ups through the Dynamic Select system, offering Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual, which allows the driver to tailor various parameters to suit their requirements. The new altered SL is now also available with the body roll-reducing Curve function, as seen on the Mercedes S-Class and what will also be available on the upcoming GLS.
Prices are yet to be announced for the 2016 SL but it is expected to be less than the current model and fall well below the £70,000 mark before first deliveries take place in April.