Merc sportier roadster set for ME launch
Dubai, February 4, 2008
Mercedes-Benz will continue its long tradition of producing legendary sports cars when it launches the new-generation of the world’s most successful premium roadster, the SL-Class in the Middle East in April.
The roadster features a new design with the emphasis firmly on sportiness and effortless driving, said a company official.
“These traits are also reflected in the handling qualities of the two-seater model, which now delivers even more athletic performance thanks to the new direct-steer system as well as offering enhanced comfort and safety,” said Frank Bernthaler, director, sales and marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Middle East and Levant.
The new SL range will also feature two six-cylinder models starting with the new entry-level SL 280 (231 hp) and the SL 350 as well as the familiar SL 500 with a V8 engine and the top-of-the-range SL 600 with a V12 powerplant.
The popular SL 350 is powered by a newly developed, extremely high-revving sports engine boasting an impressive output of 316 hp yet returns a fuel consumption figure that is 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres lower than that of its predecessor (NEDC).
'The Mercedes-Benz sports car extends its segment lead in the safety stakes courtesy of bi-xenon headlamps, included as standard, and the Intelligent Light System whose functions are designed specifically for typical driving situations,' he said.
Its new features include Airscarf neck-level heating first introduced in the SLK roadster. 'This system – invented by Mercedes-Benz and available as an optional extra – enhances comfort when driving with the roof down, extending the roadster season until well into the winter months,' he explained.
SL passengers are kept informed and entertained by the standard-fit Comand multimedia system, which has also been fully redeveloped and features additional functions.-TradeArabia News Service