Mercedes-Benz caused a stir at the Geneva Motor Show in 1989 by unveiling the new Mercedes-Benz SL. It seamlessly continued the tradition of the Mercedes-Benz SL production sports cars, which had begun with the 300 SL (W 198) and the 190 SL (W 121). For the start of the new roadster in 1989, there were […]
The development of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL began in 1950, when Mercedes-Benz began to think about a return to racing. In June 1951, the Board decided to resume participation in racing events from 1952 on, and gave the final orders for the construction of the 300 SL. This car was not sold to the public, it was built just for racing.
The Mercedes-Benz SL is now in its sixth generation. This latest SL roadster has a new design, but much has stayed the same. The new SL has kept its traditional proportions with a set back passenger compartment, long bonnet and muscular rear end. The radiator grille and the headlights have have a bit of similar design as in the smaller SLK, while the rear lights look very similar to those in the previous model. Compared to the predecessor, the new SL is 50mm longer and 57mm wider. However, due to the consistent weight reduction, the new SL is considerably lighter.