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2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review
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The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is the most current incarnation of one of the most praised in the lineup. It has long been a status symbol among the rich due to its simple elegance and extravagant offerings.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is still extravagant and pricey due to the wide array of standard features and luxury items in the interior and exterior. Although it may offer a lot, it still pales in comparison with other roadsters on the market.
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Mercedes-Benz SLK230 Kompressor
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class has a new color called Desert Silver. A Designo edition debuts and is available in State Blue and Black Diamond with color coordinated trim. TeleAid and StarTac digital phone with voice recognition service is available on the SL600 model.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class was originally introduced in 1990, but it has a lot of modern features that keep it alive in a crowded market place. A removable hardtop is now an option and come in metal or reflective glass. The standard convertible top is also very attractive and moves fluidly when retracting at the push of a button. The hardtop releases from the windshield and folds into the back of the vehicle, tucking into a storage area. Impressively, there is also a rollover bar that comes out of the rear when sensors detect a rollover is going to occur.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500's exterior features include a power antennae, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear window defroster, and intermittent windshield wipers. Optional features include an electronic dampening suspension control, metallic paint, a panorama removable hardtop, and xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps. The SL600 includes electronic dampening control, self-leveling suspension, rain-sensing windshield wipers, the xenon high-intensity discharge lamps, and more. A sport package is also available.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is all about luxury, and the interior is where the luxury really sits. The roadster only sits two passengers with handsome wood trim, fragrant leather upholstery, power seating, and more. Standard equipment includes bucket seats, a center console, a universal garage door opener, a keyless entry system, lighted entry system, tinted glass, power driver’s seat with memory, power passenger’s seat with memory, tachometer, driver and passenger front and side airbags, leather seating, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, leather shift knob, leather steering wheel trim, air-conditioning, automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, headlight cleaners, auto-dim rear-view mirror, auto-dim exterior mirror, AM/FM cassette player, Bose audio system, and a light bar. Optional features include a CD player, and heated front seats.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class comes equipped with two possible engines. The SL500 come equipped with a V-8 engine that produces 302 horsepower, whereas the SL600 has a larger engine: a V-12 capable of 389 horsepower. Both have rear-wheel drive powertrains controlled by a five-speed manual transmission. It also comes equipped with standard traction control, Electronic Stability Programming to prevent skidding, and anti-lock brakes. Not surprisingly, these two engines have a lot of get-up and go. Even though the cars are quite large in size, the V-8 engine will propel it from zero to 60 mph in just over six seconds. However, the V-12 doesn’t perform much better when accelerating.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, front-side airbags, headlight cleaners, stability control, and traction control. It was not tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS for crash durability.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz SL600: 12/18 mpg city/highway
- Status symbol
- Lots of power
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- High price
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