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Mercedes-Benz SL350 looks back in time (pictures)

The new Mercedes-Benz SL is the latest in a long line that harks back to the legendary 300 SL.

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Drew Stearne

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SL stands for "sport light."
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The 300 SL was, arguably, the world's first supercar.
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There have been six generations of SL.
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Over the years it has evolved from a smooth speed machine into a heavier, more luxurious machine.
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The SL 350 boasts a 306 bhp V6.
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Since the early noughties, the SL has used a folding metal hard top giving it "coupe convertible" status.
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The roof, though, is quite heavy.
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Which means that V6 has to work really rather hard to get going.
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It's not slow by any means, 0-62 mph happens in 5.9 seconds. It doesn't feel as effortless as you'd expect it to, though.
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The SL's sport mode does liven things up...
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...it makes the car less relaxed and more engaging to drive.
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Its standard "loaf around" settings are just fine, too.
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But how closely related is this SL to the original?

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