Mercedes SL upgraded

The Mercedes SL range has been tweaked, with more standard equipment and a price cut

Mercedes SL 500 AMG Sport

The Mercedes SL convertible now benefits from an upgraded specification and a drop in price. To mark the change, both the SL 350 and SL 500 are now known as the SL350 AMG Sport and SL500 AMG Sport.

Both cars benefit from extra standard equipment, which Mercedes claims is worth £6,625. This includes the AMG Sports Package for the interior and exterior, an electric glass sunroof, and Parktronic with Active Park Assist.

The AMG Sports Package features 19-inch alloys, sports suspension that features revised damper settings and drops the car by 10mm, more aggressive front and rear bumpers, and different side sills. The kit also includes grey painted brake calipers and the SL 350 gets upgraded rear brakes.

The seven-speed 7G-Tronic plus auto gearbox has also been given revised shift points in its sporty ‘S’ mode.

Inside, the SL gets uprated leather upholstery, a sports steering wheel with silver gearshift paddles and AMG floor mats.

Buyers also get the choice of six standard paint finishes, with the option of two addition colours, including new Hyacinth Red (£690).

Black leather is now standard, but buyers can opt for Bengal Red or Porcelain leather (£710), and standard trim is now in Light Brushed Aluminium, with Black Ash Wood available as a £345 option.

While the SL350 and SL500 have received most of the attention, Mercedes has also added an electric panoramic glass sunroof and Parktronic with Active Park Assist to the SL 63. There’s no change to the price, but Mercedes claims the extra kit is worth £1,500. There are no changes to the spec of the SL65 AMG.

Despite the extra equipment, Mercedes has also dropped the prices of the SL range. The new SL350 AMG Sport costs £69,960 - £2,390 less than before, while the SL500 AMG Sport costs £79,970 – down by £3,520.

The SL63 and SL65 AMG models cost the same, at £110,785 and £168,285 respectively.

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