December 10, 2002

Mercedes-Benz SL600 to be unveiled at Detroit car show

Mercedes-Benz SL600
Mercedes-Benz SL600. click image to enlarge

Stuttgart, Germany – The V12-powered Mercedes-Benz SL 600 will have its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit early in January 2003.

It features a newly developed Mercedes twelve-cylinder engine equipped with two turbochargers, an air/water intercooler, three-valves per cylinder, twin-spark AC ignition and other high-tech innovations. The V12 engine has an output of 500 horsepower and maximum torque of 800 Newton metres, which is available from just 1800 rpm and remains on tap at a constant level all the way up to 3600 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.7 seconds and polishes off the 60 to 120 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Based on the features found in the already luxurious SL 500, it includes interior appointments such as ruffled leather, embossed V12 emblems on the head restraints, soft-texture floor mats with chrome-coloured lettering as well as an elegant wood/leather steering wheel and a wood/leather automatic transmission selector lever. The COMAND system, a CD changer and a sound system are also standard equipment.

The external cues which identify the SL 600 comprise a radiator grille with discreet chrome elements, silver-painted brake calipers, V12 emblems on the side air intakes and bi-xenon headlamps. The light-alloy wheels which are fitted as standard are distinguished by their exclusive rim design. At the front, the sports car is equipped with 255/40R-18 tires, while the rear wheels have 285/35R-18 inch tires.

Active Body Control (ABC), Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) (a new type of electrohydraulic brake system), an automatic climate control system which is equipped with advanced sensors, and the innovative vario roof are also standard.

The first deliveries will be made in April 2003.

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