R231 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition gets unveiled

The current, sixth-generation R231 Mercedes-Benz SL has been around for a good number of years now, but the German carmaker is not looking to retire the grand tourer just yet. Instead, it has released a new Grand Edition model, which it says is reserved for “especially exclusive Mercedes-Benz special edition models.”

With the SL Grand Edition, what you’re getting is a host of aesthetic improvements to make your SL appear more exclusive than others around it. Therefore, there are high-gloss chrome and matte silver applications on the front bumper, as a start.

Elsewhere, there’s a set of staggered (19-inch front, 20-inch rear) AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in high-gloss black with a high-sheen rim flange and spokes, as well as Grand Edition badging to serve as a subtle reminder.

Inside, designo tundra brown pearl leather is used on various part of the interior, including on the sports steering wheel’s upper and lower segments. In other areas, you’ll get black Nappa leather instead with contrast piping and Grand Edition embroidered on the headrests.

R231 Mercedes-Benz SL Grand Edition gets unveiled

Standard equipment with the SL Grand Edition include the Airscarf neck-level heating system, sports suspension (10 mm lower ride height), active multi-contour seats with massage and dynamic handling function, seat climate control, Driving Assistance Plus Package and Active Parking Assist.

Two engine options are available in the guise of the SL 400 and SL 500, with the former being a 3.0 litre biturbo V6 with 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque. This setup, along with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, is good for a zero to 100 km/h time of 4.9 seconds.

The more powerful SL 500 features a 4.7 litre biturbo V8 that serves up 455 PS and 700 Nm, which is good for a 4.3-second century sprint time. It uses the same gearbox as the SL 400, and both models are limited to a top speed of 250 km/h.