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LAUNCHED! Mercedes Benz SL 350 and GL 500


Mercedes Benz has launched the SL 350 and GL 500 in the Indian market. The SL 350 comes priced at Rs 98.50 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi, while the GL 500 comes priced at Rs 80.90 lakh.

The SL-Class, one of the most legendary cars in the Mercedes-Benz stable, derives its DNA from the legendary 300 SL ‘Gullwing’. The SL 350 features a high-revving 3.5 litre V8 sports engine that produces a power of 315 bhp and torque of 360Nm. The car also features Mercedes Benz's Direct Steering with Variable Servo Assistance available as standard. The Direct Steering incorporates the speed-sensitive power steering coupled with added sportiness. The steering features an all-new rack with a steering angle-sensitive ratio that reduces the need to turn the wheel and increases agility.

The interiors are matched by top-notch enhancements in its exteriors. The SL 350 roadster sports a unique design idiom which is a part of the current Mercedes-Benz design philosophy. The front grille has been radically revised to grab one’s attention and the prominent louver on the radiator grille gives it an even wider and dominant look. The power domes adorning the bonnet and Gill-like trim panels are reminiscent of the SL’s history. The front end has a more prominent V-shape. Besides this the SL sports attractively designed main and auxiliary headlamps.

As a part of the SL-Class’s 'sports package' the exteriors flaunts attractive 18 inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels; front brake callipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering, darkened tail lights; headlamps with dark surrounds and Sports air filter among others.

The GL 500 4MATIC features a 5.4 litre V8 engine produces a power of 388hp along with a staggering torque of 530Nm. This  mammoth accelerates from a standstill to a 100kmph in just 6.5seconds all thanks to its light weight construction resulting in improved engine smoothness and higher torque in the mid-engine speed range.

The GL 500 comes with the 7G TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission as standard, allowing adept engine speed at all times, in turn cutting down fuel consumption. The shorter gear shifts make the ride smooth and also reduce the noise levels. It also has manual gear shift paddles on the steering to further enhance driving please when needed. The 4MATIC all wheel drive system in the GL 500 provides excellent traction and enhanced driving stability even on poor road conditions. Additionally the GL-Class comes with the unique off-road pro engineering package that is a boon for those interested in having some serious off-roading and the AIRMATIC suspensions make sure that ride quality is not compromised even on the harshest terrains.

* The engines were wrongly stated as V6s in the press release. They're indeed V8s and the text has been corrected accordingly.