Mercedes-Benz SL 500

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a series of luxury automobiles. SL, meaning Sport Light first appeared on the 1954 300 SL. This two-seat passenger roadster was created in the 1994 model year at a time when Mercedes-Benz was changing the names of its SL-Class cars to accurately reflect engine size. This was meant to eliminate confusion but it seems to be much worse. Previously called the SL 300, the SL 320 takes its name from its 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine. The year 1994 saw a mild facelift for the SL, and the 300 SL was replaced in Europe by the SL 280 and SL 320, which had with 2.8 L and 3.2 L I6 engines. The SL 500 continued with the same powerful engine as it previously had. A 389 hp (290 kW) 6.0 L V12 SL 600 topped the range in 1993. This last mentioned model was the granddaddy of all granddaddies. Anyhow, the SL 320 replaced the 300 SL in the United States in 1995, but the SL 280 was not offered at this time. The 6-cylinder SLs were dropped from the United States lineup in 1998, which left just the V8 and V12. The SL 500 at this point got a new 302 hp (225 kW) 5.0 L V8 for 1999. The Mercedes-Benz R129 automobiles were produced from 1989 through 2003. They were sold under the SL-Class model names as well. The R 129 replaced the R 107 SL-Class in 1989. The 1989 Mercedes SL base model was the 228 hp 3.0 L inline 6 300 SL version. But it was the 322 hp 500 SL that at the time had a 5.0 L V8 engine, which made the most headlines. The option and standards were numerous, and included power windows, mirrors, seats and even the hood. Years later, the SL 320 was dropped from the MB line-up in the 1998 model year, leaving only the V8 and V12 roadsters in the SL-Class. This Class has seen a lot of models come and go, and in reality, no offense to the SL 500, the SL 600 is the one to own.