The R230 models of the SL line were retired in 2011 with the unveiling of the R231 generation that entered production in 2012. The R231 SL line has seen two design alterations in 2006 and 2008.
The 2006 alterations included different engines for the SL 500 as well exterior changes such as new bumpers, larger cooling intakes, a new rear light, new fog lamps, new allow wheels, and a more pronounced V-shape.
The 2008 facelift integrated cues from the company's new design philosophy including a more aggressive front fascia and a single bar grille.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
It lacks in handling, compared to its rivals, although it compensates with better acceleration and a higher top speed. It can reach a top speed of 242 mph (389 km/h) once it is equipped with Ultimate performance parts.
A specially tuned variant of the SL 500 is included with the Black Edition release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
- The SL 500 and CLK 500 are the only vehicles in Need for Speed: Most Wanted to have a 7-speed gearbox.