The exterior styling has definitely changed a lot compared to the previous model. The front end is copied directly from the SLS front nose which has influenced other Mercedes’ newer models. The roof can be had with either a standard glass or Mercedes’ Magic Sky Control. This particular technology creates a range of opacity on the roof surface, all of that with just a touch of a button. It doesn’t alter the form of the roof and it can be applied onto any window. Mercedes states that the roof takes less than 20 seconds to stow away.
With a powerful engine, Mercedes Benz did not forget to offer a good and reliable suspension set-up. The SL550 boasts a sporty, comfortable and lightweight suspension. The steering knuckles and suspension arms on the front axle are also made from aluminium to reduce unsprung weight. The same applies to virtually all the suspension components on the rear axle which will reduce the same effect on all four corners.
Both suspension variants are combined with a new electromechanical Direct-Steer system that features speed-sensitive power steering and a ratio that can be varied in accordance with steering wheel angle. This provides excellent directional stability and safety when travelling at highway speeds, and adds to the SL's agility. It also reduces the amount of steering effort required when parking and manoeuvring.
Two new technologies will be included into the new SL-Class as standard equipment. Firstly is the Magic Vision Control. It is a highly efficient windshield washing system. The innovative windshield wiper dispenses water just in front of the wiper blade through channels built into the blade, in both directions of travel. This results in no water splash onto the windshield to disrupt driver visibility and a perfectly clean windshield.
The other technology is known as the FrontBass system. The technology makes use of the empty spaces at the front footwells of the aluminium body. These spaces function as resonating chambers for the woofers. As a result, the new SL features clear, rich bass sounds that deliver a concert hall ambience even with the top down. This feature frees up space at the door and interior where audio components are usually fixed.
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