Mercedes SL500 AMG Sport

£48,995

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  • £48,995
  • 4,750 Miles

Watch the Video below – Chris Harris testing the SL500

This September 2015 65 plate V8 Twin Turbo model Mercedes SL500 AMG Sport is finished in Cavansite Blue Metallic and Porcelain Nappa Hide with Black Piping to the Sports Seats. It’s travelled just 4,750 miles by its only owner, always garaged its in near brand new condition!

From 1st June 2015 the SL500 AMG SPORT benefitted from many detail changes to the model reviewed in the magazine tests below – including a power Increase to 450bhp!

This fabulous colour combination SL500 AMG Sport has a huge specification with AMG 19 INCH OPTIONAL 7 SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS – PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF – ELECTRIC WIND DEFLECTOR – COMMAND – SATELLITE NAVIGATION – HEATED SEATS – AIRSCARF – BI XENONS – DRIVER AND PASSENGER MEMORY SEATS – FRONT AND REAR ACTIVE PARK ASSIST WITH REAR VIEW CAMERA – KEYLESS GO COMFORT PACKAGE – HEADLIGHT WASHERS – ELECTRIC FOLDING MIRRORS – DAB – BLUETOOTH PHONE AND AUDIO – ANALOGUE CLOCK – TYRE PRESSURE MONITORING – DVD PLAYER – HEATED WINDSCREEN WASHERS – TV-TUNER  – AMBIENCE ILLUMINATION –  INSIDE AND OUTSIDE MIRROR AUTOMATIC DIMMING – TRAFFIC SIGN RECOGNITION – ECO START/STOP FUNCTION – AMG SPORTS PACKAGE – AMG STYLING PACKAGE-FRONT SPOILER, SIDE SKIRT- AN EXTRA COST BRABUS EXHAUST WAS ALSO FITTED BY MERCEDES FROM NEW ALONG WITH STARGARD PAINT PROTECTION.

It has a FULL MERCEDES SERVICE HISTORY – WARRANTY RUNS TO OCTOBER 2018 – Pirelli P Zero Tyres 6mm remaining front and rear. RFL is £305 and we returned over 30mpg on our return journey to collect this SL.

The ‘R231’ was a massive undertaking for Mercedes – the firm’s first series-production model to be made almost exclusively from aluminium. The SL’s sophisticated body-in-white superstructure mixes die cast-, chill cast-, stamped- and extruded aluminium with a little magnesium and ultra-high strength steel. A lighter all-magnesium folding hard-top roof and mostly aluminium body panels contribute, in turn, to an overall kerbweight saving of up to 140kg, old car to new. More importantly, the new underbody has increased the car’s torsional stiffness (absolutely critical for delivering good dynamic performance in a convertible) by more than 20 per cent.

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Evo Magazine said

What is it?

The all-new, sixth generation of Merc’s evergreen GT, sampled here with the new twin-turbocharged V8 engine. As you’d expect these days, it’s both more powerful and greener than the car it replaces, with 432bhp – 48bhp up on the last SL 500 plus 516lb ft Torque! – and an official combined economy figure of 31mpg, 22 percent better than before.

Technical highlights?

We’d run out of space before we ran out of highlights, such is the amount of tech Mercedes has crammed into the SL. Beneath the very familiar styling – which seems to be intended to make this SL look as similar as possible to the facelifted version of the last car – it’s built around an all-new aluminium bodyshell, a first for Mercedes, which is claimed to be 140kg lighter than the steel body of the old car.

Steel springs are standard, with electronically variable dampers, but the SL can also be selected with Marcs’ ‘ABC’ air springing system. Drive is supplied to the rear wheels via a standard fit seven-speed autobox. Mercedes has also opted to stick with electro-hydraulic assistance for the steering rather than a pure electric system.

Other trick tech includes what’s described as a ‘front bass’ system, which uses apertures designed in the aluminium bodyshell to act as subwoofers to improve sound response. And there’s also what Mercedes modestly describes as its ‘magic vision’ system, spray-free windscreen washers that direct cleaning fluid through tiny apertures in the wiper blades, avoiding the risk of spraying occupants with the roof down.

What’s it like to drive?

Good. Wafty manners have always come higher up the SL priority list than ultimate dynamic response, but the new car is a far sharper steer than any of its predecessors.

The engine is mighty, delivering effortless urge pretty much regardless of what’s showing on the tacho and accompanying progress with a proper V8 soundtrack. There’s no noticeable hesitation in the response of the new twin-turbocharged engine, which pulls cleanly and loves to be revved hard. The automatic gearbox can be a put dull witted when left in ‘D’ – but the sportier ‘S’ mode sharpens its responses usefully, or you can take full control via the steering wheel paddles.

Although Mercedes hasn’t made any specific claims about torsional rigidity, it’s confirmed that the new bodyshell is far stiffer, and two days of hard use on the bendiest (and bumpiest) roads that southern Spain could offer didn’t turn up any noticeable scuttle shake. Steering response stays good as speeds rise and the Merc seems to enjoy behind hustled along at rapid speeds.

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Autocar magazine said

Should I buy one

Absolutely. Because, however highly you value ultimate dynamic poise and precision, the SL’s final-tenth dynamic wooliness doesn’t dim its appeal in the slightest.

While it may not be overly endowed with body control, chassis composure and bristling feel, Mercedes’ magnificent roadster remains utterly unique. Almost sixty years young, it’s become just about the most splendid, single-minded luxury convertible in the world. In this tester’s experience, not even Bentley, Aston Martin or Rolls-Royce provide better.

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Pistonheads said 

The SL500 produces 435hp with Torque more than adequate @516lb ft. The 7G-Tronic transmission as standard fit. There’s a huge array of safety and infotainment-based gizmology too.

The Performance figures aren’t too far off those of an AMG SL55 of a few years ago and this feels like a very rapid car. The kerbweight isn’t shy but the car feels as light as the aluminium structure suggests it should be; thank the inherent stiffness of the shell for that and the scope it offers the suspension engineers to correctly set spring and damper rates.

Mercedes chassis set-up is absolutely top of the class at the moment, the ability to separate damping from roll control meaning they can leave the dampers to control ride without having to worry about containing body movement as well. The result is a frankly sublime ability to filter out pitter-patter secondary noise but also deal authoritatively with bigger primary lumps and bumps. Whether at maximum attack or maximum waft it really is a masterclass in both structural and suspension engineering.

The steering is light but positive, this characteristic shared with all the controls and general nature of the car. It’ll cover ground very rapidly indeed without asking too much of you but still manages enough interaction for it to be enjoyable.

Feelgood factor is strong with this one, the best mode for all-round driving would appear to be Sport, this offering a nice mid-way blend of response and refinement. You can flap the paddles around too, fourth, fifth and sixth enough cross country and meaning you’re not too busy trying to find a ratio that works.

At the core of it all remains the SL’s still unique ability to operate equally well as a roadster or a coupe, something no rival seems yet able to offer an alternative to. There are alternative products in the price range but, really, the SL is in a class of its own.

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All of our sales cars undergo an Inspection before being placed on sale, offering you complete confidence in your Investment. A pre delivery workshop check over is also carried out by performance specialists C1-R on every car we supply before handover to its new owner. 

Call the Showroom on 01384 442369, or Ian 07801 389439  for further Information or to arrange a viewing.

Finance packages available for Business users and Private Buyers that can be tailored to suit your Individual requirements.

Part Exchanges Welcome too of course.

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