There was never a time when Mercedes Benz was not associated with luxury. Its reputation of building high quality autos is just as old as this oldest auto manufacturer's age. As a luxury vehicle of laudable interior and exterior qualities, a Mercedes Benz owner is expected to experience more driving comfort and satisfaction. Every Mercedes Benz auto is afforded with higher quality parts, high-tech safety, comfort and convenience features.
Among cars that belong to the best of Mercedes Benz is the Mercedes Benz SL-Class. The letters "SL" stands for "Sport Leicht" (Sport Light). This prestigious series of cars began since 1954, then named as the Mercedes Benz 300SL. First models featured passenger doors that opened upwards and so they were fondly called as "Gullwing." Succeeding models were offered in roadsters with or without convertible soft top and coupes with removable hardtop. They were known as the 190 SL models.
More advanced Mercedes Benz SL-Series got into the market in the 70s; among them was the top-notch Mercedes Benz SL500. The Mercedes Benz SL500 got the most attention from auto press. It was powered by a pavement-burning 5.0L V8 engine that delivered 322 horsepower. As early as 1989, it was already equipped with high-tech amenities we find among new generation autos today like power windows, mirrors, seats and hood.
For the 2003 model year, a vibrant-looking Mercedes Benz SL500 luxury coupe that is convertible to an open-air roadster comes as a major addition to the Mercedes Benz SL-Series. It featured a powerful 5.0L V8 engine that boasted 302 horsepower. For everyday driving, this sounds real plenty of power. Like what its sinuous looks suggest, the Mercedes Benz SL500 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.1 seconds. At the most favorable driving circumstances, this roadster can reach a speed of 155 mph.