The Mercedes-Benz SL was first manufactured in 1954. The designation SL, derives from the German words Sport Leicht, (or Sport Lightweight). Now in its sixth generation, the Mercedes-Benz SL roadster certainly has presence, and under its redesigned skin, the SL500 model has a 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that boasts more pace, power and thrills.
This new Mercedes SL is longer, wider and lower, while its aluminium construction – a first for a Mercedes-Benz series production car – means it’s a full 125kg lighter than its predecessor. Driving an SL Mercedes is effortless. It deftly combines performance and comfort, and is as nimble in town as it is fast and uncompromising on the open road.
Inside, it is everything you would expect from Mercedes: tasteful, with soft leather trim and electrically adjustable seats. The roof folds into and out of the boot in just 20 seconds. It also comes with safety equipment such as a drowsiness-detection system and autonomous braking.
It goes for about $135,000 (about Shs351m) before importation and taxes. Without Shs500m, it makes driving one in Uganda just a dream car.