Autocar has released a new video review of Mercedes-Benz SL500 (R231). The SL-class is firstly launched in 1952 and this year the model celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The 2012 SL-class features entirely changed exterior, chassis, drivetrain and interior. That's why, when Mercedes states "all-new", they mean it. The platform is different and the model is the first to get all-aluminum body shell, which weighs a 110 kg less than if it was built from steel. The folding hard-top is also lighter, because it is made from magnesium. Other innovation is the Magic Vision Control, which consists of washing nozzles in the wipers of the car.

So, the new SL is lighter, faster and more efficient. It is simply a better car, than the outgoing version. Still, we don't appreciate the exterior look, but hopefully we will get used to it.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL500 is powered by a 4.7 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 430HP (316 kW) and 699Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. 0-100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) – electronically limited. Despite all that power, it will return 31 mpg on combined cycle. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox with three modes – Manual, Sport and Economy.

The standard suspension of the vehicle includes semi-adjustable dampers delivering comfort ride.

The SL500 is expected to cost around £82 000, when it hits the UK market.

Check out the full video review made by Vicky Parrot.

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