Suspension: Curve tilting function for the first time: The driver determines the suspension characteristics

The desired mode is selected using DYNAMIC SELECT, which is available in conjunction with the standard-fit steel suspension or the optional Active Body Control (ABC). The curve tilting function is available with the ABC suspension for the SL for the first time.
The steel suspension of the standard chassis features continuously variable dampers. In conjunction with the AMG Line equipment the suspension is lowered by 10 mm and fitted with harsher springs and torsion-bar stabilisers. The driver can leave the setting of the basic characteristics of the suspension to the control electronics via DYNAMIC SELECT – from comfortable to extremely sporty in the new Sport Plus mode. The characteristics of the transmission modes:
  • Eco (E), fuel-efficient setting with 'sailing' function
  • Comfort (C), comfortable setting for long journeys or on rough roads
  • Sport (S), sporty setting for a dynamic driving style
  • Sport Plus (S+), extremely sporty setting - particularly suitable for flat road surfaces; tuning of the ESP® characteristics is likewise more sporty in this mode
  • Individual (I) allows individual adjustment of the various parameters to suit the driver's requirements
Alternatively there is another option available in the guise of Active Body Control (ABC) with curve tilting function. ABC reduces body movements when moving off, braking and cornering. The spring struts of the ABC suspension are adjusted to the respective driving conditions via so-called plunger cylinders (via oil pressure), therefore making torsion-bar stabilisers on the front and rear axle, which can reduce comfort, unnecessary. The dampers only have to eliminate wheel vibrations and can be set up in such a way as to ensure comfort without losing any of the sportiness. In addition, the vehicle level can be adjusted to any unevenness: At higher speeds the SL is automatically lowered by 13 mm for more favourable aerodynamics. Conversely, at the press of a button it is possible to raise the vehicle by 50 mm for driving on rough roads.
On top of this there is the curve tilting function (not for AMG models) which applies a maximum of 2.65 degrees in the speed range from 15 to 180 km/h. It can be set via DYNAMIC SELECT ("Curve"), noticeably reducing the effects of lateral acceleration on the vehicle occupants. The DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes in conjunction with ABC suspension:
  • Curve (CV) increases ride comfort
  • Comfort (C) is the comfortable setting for long journeys or on rough roads
  • Sport (S) is a sporty setting that allows a particularly dynamic driving style
  • Sport Plus (S+) is an extremely sporty setting – particularly suitable for flat road surfaces
  • Individual (I) allows individual adjustment of the various parameters to suit the driver's requirements
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