Video: Chris Harris Traces Roots of New Mercedes-Benz SL500


The latest installment of the DRIVE series sees Chris Harris look back at some of the SL’s unparalleled heritage.

From the classic W198 300SL through the Pagoda W113 to the iconic R107, the Mercedes-Benz SL has a rich heritage. So in order to give the current model a proper review Chris Harris deemed it necessary to trace its roots back to the fifties and bask in the beauty and sublime styling of all that went before it. As for the new SL500, it boasts a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 435hp and 516lb-ft of torque, which is married to a body that's 140kg less than its predecessor.

It also comes with a typically opulent cabin, a host of gadgets and a superior on-the-road driving experience. As always, Harris delivers a thoughtful review while thrashing the car around some awesome roads.

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