The new SL is conservative and progressive at the same time. Former, because the roof can be opened only while standing still, the latter, because you need only to scratch with the feet and the hood of the luggage compartment opens, even takes the folding roof a little upward. And the space below is very impressive because of its depth as well.
The design has gained significantly even if one accuses the new car to offer little, except a into the wiper integrated windscreen washer system and a hi-fi system, using the body cavities. After all, the body is entirely of aluminum up to steel reinforcements in the A-pillars.
Crazy, that he has grown slightly in size with this action, first, because it is still probably an important product for the U.S. market, secondly, it must differ from SLK e.g. with the same engine and gearbox with more than 40,000 € price difference. There the representative additional benefits must be already markedly present.
The work of the engineers apparently culminates in the suspension. There roll compensation, adaptive damping, almost intelligent steering and interventions in drive respectively braking merge to a even rarely as successful compromise between comfort and can curve.
Here you see the remarkable portrait gallery of the SL, starting with the 300 SL Roadster from 1957. In between is still the 190 SL slipped, although it really does not fit into the field of illustrious. Then comes the retrospectively also quite famous Pagode. During this time for 18 years no really new SL editions debut. Until 1971 follows a further, less memorable remaining variant. But then comes the in fact fourth generation as one of the first with convertible roof in 1989.