mercedes' dream roadster for €140,000
THE price starts at €140,000. It dashes to 100kmh in 4.6 seconds, thanks to massive power (choice of two engines). Yet it has a road tax bill as low as €481.
This is the new Mercedes SL, the large roadster that even at the best of times sets the rich apart from the well off.
There are two direct injection petrol versions -- a 3.5-litre, 302bhp, V6 SL350, and a 4.7-litre, 429bhp, V8 SL500 twin-turbo.
The SL350 does 0-100kmh in 5.9 seconds; the SL500 takes just 4.6.
Both cars have a 7spd automatic transmission.
Among the innovations are a retractable panoramic sunroof that switches from light to dark at the push of a button. That converts the SL from roadster to coupe in seconds.
Then there is the windshield washing system.
It squirts fluid just ahead of the wiper blade with channels in the wiper making sure no water is splashed on the screen so visibility isn't affected.
The first SL made its debut 60 years ago.