Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mercedes-Benz Dishes Out Official Details on the 2013 SL Roadster
After the first official photos of the all-new 2013 SL hit the web on Tuesday, it was only a matter of time before Mercedes-Benz itself disclosed all the juicy details about its new luxury roadster model, which will make its official world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show in January.
For starters, the new SL, code-named R321, is the first mass-production Mercedes car built almost entirely from aluminum, with the same material used for the multi-link front and rear suspensions. As a result, its weight has been reduced by up to 308 pounds (140 kg) compared to its predecessor.
Using aluminum has not only reduced weight, but also increased agility providing sportier handling characteristics.