Video - New Mercedes Benz SL 350 - Brillant car - HD

Videa Mercedes Benz SL New Mercedes Benz SL 350 - Brillant car - HD

New Mercedes Benz SL 350 - Brillant car - HD

MORE VIDEOS HERE: Four years in, the SL range has been given a mild facelift and botty tuck. Meanwhile the interior's been decluttered, there's a new design of alloy wheel, and the engineers have been busy sharpening up the steering and the second-generation Active Body Control. More pertinently for us, there's also a brace of new engines - a 5.5-litre V8 for the SL500, and the 268bhp 3.5-litre V6 you see here in the 350. According to Mercedes, it's 11 per cent more powerful than the old one, as well as being 3.3mpg more frugal on the combined cycle. So a welcome fillip for the SL, given that the opposition has raised its game just recently, but is it enough? The new V6 already does service in a number of Mercedes saloons, and to be honest it's not the most tuneful thing, but there's no doubting it punches its weight, all the way across the rev-range. With the new 7G-TRONIC seven-speed auto zapping through the ratios, the 350 feels properly brisk. In fact you begin to wonder if most SL drivers actually need any more power than this. The chassis is generally impressive too, with a well-judged ride balance (even on this non-ABC equipped version), though its responses feel a little muted, like it's on a low dose of valium, while the back end can feel slightly under-damped when you start to ask serious questions of it. The steering, too, just lacks a little sharpness, a little feel. The new auto is an improvement on the old box; slicker and quicker, but the ...



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