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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