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Product Overview

Mercedes-Benz SL R230 is a flagship mid-size luxury convertible in production from 2001 to 2006, whereupon it received a facelift. It was available with a range of V6, V8, and V12 engines that displaced 3.7 to 6.0 liters.
The most luxurious hardtop convertible in the industry throughout its production run, the R230 SL-Class boasts an exceptionally elegant, ageless styling. It incorporated the best engineering achievements from Mercedes and was a superb car with its V8 and V12 engines.
The base SL350 was only sold in select markets. Other vehicles used ABC active hydraulic suspensions that have proven troublesome. Otherwise, the car is extremely reliable for a European car. Its M113 V8 and M275 V12 are both stellar in terms of durability, and their SOHC designs mean that they don't have a lot of the maintenance items on more complex engines. The 5G-Tronic automatic transmission is arguably the most robust gearbox from Germany ever, too.
Mercedes-Benz has made a good effort in aerodynamics, with a decent 0.28 coefficient of drag to show for it.
Drivers who appreciate handling will be pleased to know that the Mercedes-Benz SL comes with multi-link suspensions at all four corners. This provides the best cornering performance and tunability, at the expense of cost and a little bit of durability.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neo score 96% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb V8 and V12 engine lineup
  • Elegant yet athletic styling
  • Good 0.28 drag coefficient
Cons
  • Bad electronics inside
  • ABC suspension problems
  • Unbefitting V6 offered

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Specifications

SL 55 AMGSL 65 AMGSL 350 MTSL 350SL 500SL 600

Capacity

Cargo Capacity235 L / 8.3 cu-ft ~ 317 L / 11.2 cu-ft
Coolant Capacity13.0 L / 13.7 qt12.0 L / 12.7 qt10.8 L / 11.4 qt10.8 L / 11.4 qt11.5 L / 12.2 qt9.4 L / 9.9 qt
Engine Oil Capacity8.5 L / 9.0 qt8.0 L / 8.5 qt8.0 L / 8.5 qt8.0 L / 8.5 qt7.5 L / 7.9 qt8.0 L / 8.5 qt
Fuel Capacity80.0 L / 21.1 gal
Passengers2
Payload320 kg / 705 lbs350 kg / 772 lbs370 kg / 816 lbs370 kg / 816 lbs370 kg / 816 lbs350 kg / 772 lbs

Chassis

Brakes | FrontVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs, 312 mmVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs
Brakes | RearVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs, 300 mmVentilated discsVentilated discsVentilated discs
Power SteeringHydraulic Steering
Suspension | FrontMulti-link
Suspension | RearMulti-link
Tire SizeFront wheel tires: 255/40 R 18 95 Y Rear wheel tires: 285/35 R 18 97 YFront wheel tires: 255/40 R 18 Rear wheel tires: 285/35 R 18255/45 R 17 98 W255/45 R 17 98 W255/45 R 17 98 WFront wheel tires: 255/40 R 18 95 Y Rear wheel tires: 285/35 R 18 97 Y
Turning Circle11.0 m / 36.1 ft

Construction

Body Style2-door Convertible

Dimensions

Size | Height1295 mm / 51.0 in1298 mm / 51.1 in1317 mm / 51.9 in1317 mm / 51.9 in1298 mm / 51.1 in1298 mm / 51.1 in
Size | Length4535 mm / 178.5 in
Size | Width1815 mm / 71.5 in | 2050 mm / 80.7 in (mirror unfolded)1815 mm / 71.5 in | 2050 mm / 80.7 in (mirror unfolded)1827 mm / 71.9 in | 2050 mm / 80.7 in (mirror unfolded)1827 mm / 71.9 in | 2050 mm / 80.7 in (mirror unfolded)1815 mm / 71.5 in | 2050 mm / 80.7 in (mirror unfolded)1827 mm / 71.9 in | 2050 mm / 80.7 in (mirror unfolded)
Track Width | Front1569.0 mm / 61.8 in1569.0 mm / 61.8 in1559.0 mm / 61.4 in1559.0 mm / 61.4 in1559.0 mm / 61.4 in1559.0 mm / 61.4 in
Track Width | Rear1551.0 mm / 61.1 in1557.0 mm / 61.3 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1547.0 mm / 60.9 in1537.0 mm / 60.5 in
Weight1880.0 kg / 4144.7 lbs2035.0 kg / 4486.4 lbs1680.0 kg / 3703.8 lbs1680.0 kg / 3703.8 lbs1770.0 kg / 3902.2 lbs1950.0 kg / 4299.0 lbs
Wheel SizeFront wheel rims: 8.5 J x 18 H 2 Rear wheel rims: 9.5 J x 18 H 2Front wheel rims: 8.5 J x 19 H 2 Rear wheel rims: 9.5 J x 19 H 28.5 J x 17 H 28.5 J x 17 H 28.5 J x 17 H 2Front wheel rims: 8.5 J x 18 H 2 Rear wheel rims: 9.5 J x 18 H 2
Wheelbase2560 mm / 100.8 in

Performance

Acceleration | 0 - 100 km/h4.7 sec4.2 sec7.2 sec7.2 sec6.3 sec4.7 sec
Acceleration | 0 - 60 mph4.5 sec4.0 sec6.8 sec6.8 sec6.0 sec4.5 sec
Braking | 100 km/h - 036.3 m / 119.1 ft
CO2 Emission340 g/km362 g/km281 g/km276 g/km321 g/km346 g/km
Coefficient Of Drag0.29 ~ 0.34
Fuel Economy14.2 L/100km / 16.6 MPG (combined) | 20.9 L/100km / 11.3 MPG (urban) | 10.6 L/100km / 22.2 MPG (highway)15.1 L/100km / 15.6 MPG (combined) | 23.4 L/100km / 10.1 MPG (urban) | 10.4 L/100km / 22.6 MPG (highway)11.5 L/100km / 20.5 MPG (combined) | 17.2 L/100km / 13.7 MPG (urban) | 8.3 L/100km / 28.3 MPG (highway)11.7 L/100km / 20.1 MPG (combined) | 17.5 L/100km / 13.4 MPG (urban) | 8.3 L/100km / 28.3 MPG (highway)12.7 L/100km / 18.5 MPG (combined) | 19.1 L/100km / 12.3 MPG (urban) | 9.2 L/100km / 25.6 MPG (highway)14.4 L/100km / 16.3 MPG (combined) | 22.3 L/100km / 10.5 MPG (urban) | 9.9 L/100km / 23.8 MPG (highway)
Top Speed250.0 km/h / 155.3 mph

Powertrain

Drivetrain LayoutFront-engine (longitudinal), Rear-wheel drive
Emission StandardEuro 4
EngineM 113.992M 275.982M 112 E 37M 112 E 37M 113.963M 275.951
Engine | Bore97.0 mm / 3.8 in82.6 mm / 3.3 in97.0 mm / 3.8 in97.0 mm / 3.8 in97.0 mm / 3.8 in82.0 mm / 3.2 in
Engine | Compression Ratio9.0:19.0:110.0:110.0:110.0:19.0:1
Engine | Displacement5.4 L / 331.9 cu-in / 5439.0 cc6.0 L / 364.9 cu-in / 5980.0 cc3.7 L / 227.3 cu-in / 3724.0 cc3.7 L / 227.3 cu-in / 3724.0 cc5.0 L / 303.0 cu-in / 4966.0 cc5.5 L / 336.4 cu-in / 5513.0 cc
Engine | Power476.0 hp / 355.0 kW @ 6100 rpm612.0 hp / 456.4 kW @ 4800-5100 rpm245.0 hp / 182.7 kW @ 5750 rpm245.0 hp / 182.7 kW @ 5750 rpm306.0 hp / 228.2 kW @ 5600 rpm500.0 hp / 372.8 kW @ 5000 rpm
Engine | Redline6000 rpm
Engine | Specific Output87.5 hp/L / 1.4 hp/cu-in102.3 hp/L / 1.7 hp/cu-in65.8 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in65.8 hp/L / 1.1 hp/cu-in61.6 hp/L / 1.0 hp/cu-in90.7 hp/L / 1.5 hp/cu-in
Engine | Stroke92.0 mm / 3.6 in93.0 mm / 3.7 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in84.0 mm / 3.3 in87.0 mm / 3.4 in
Engine | Torque700 Nm / 516.3 lb-ft @ 2650-4500 rpm1000 Nm / 737.6 lb-ft @ 2000-4000 rpm350 Nm / 258.1 lb-ft @ 3000-4500 rpm350 Nm / 258.1 lb-ft @ 3000-4500 rpm460 Nm / 339.3 lb-ft @ 2700-4250 rpm800 Nm / 590.0 lb-ft @ 1800-3600 rpm
Engine | TypeSupercharged multi-port injected petrol V8 SOHC engine with 3 values per cylinderBi-turbocharged multi-port injected petrol V12 SOHC engine with 3 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 SOHC engine with 3 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V6 SOHC engine with 3 values per cylinderNaturally-aspirated multi-port injected petrol V8 SOHC engine with 3 values per cylinderBi-turbocharged multi-port injected petrol V12 SOHC engine with 3 values per cylinder
Transmission | Gears5-speed5-speed6-speed5-speed5-speed5-speed
Transmission | TypeAutomaticAutomaticManualAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic

Production

Availability2001 ~ 20062004 ~ 20062002 ~ 20062002 ~ 20062001 ~ 20062003 ~ 2006

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