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Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design
Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design

Owning an older car doesen’t always have to be a bad thing. Especially when it’s equipped with some cool, high-performance parts by default. Same story goes with the hero of my today’s post. Behold, the good old Mercedes-Benz SL R230. This one isn’t just any SL… it’s a SR66 design’s wide-bodied version of an SL55 that also had it’s engine tuned by Kleeman.

SL as an luxury sports car was in production since the early 00’s for way over a decade. Lifted version shown up in 2012 and was present at dealerships till 2014, when the R231 arrived. Great driving experience, cool interior, absolutely mind-blowing engine and high-performance brakes - all that combined in a cabrio coupe. This is a perfect way to manufacture a car that ages very well.

Aging… yeah. That’s the worst part of car’s life. When it’s too old to be considered as a new one, yet too young to be a youngtimer. This is where tuning comes in. To keep this car alive and still good-looking, many manufacturers had taken their turns to give it some freshness. First thing you’ll notice when having a look at this particular SL is the wide body. Custom built, inspired by the Black Series verions of SL & SLS. Whole job has been done by a polish tuning company named SR66 Design.

The looks.

Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design
Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design

Fun part about SR66 Design’s kit is it’s backward-compatibility. If you own the older version of SL (those with circular lights) then you can use SR66’s wide body kit to do a facelift conversion! Only thing you have to take care of is the lighting harness & lights, of course. SR66 also incorporated a whole new grille into their design. This one’s taken from a Mercedes-Benz SLK W172.

Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design
Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design

SR66.1 kit consists of nearly whole exterior parts except for the door panels & trunk. You’ll get the following: front & rear bumpers, front fenders, side skirts, rear fender panels and a trunk spoiler. There’s also an integrated diffuser and a vented hood (bonnet).

This particular SL has been fully wrapped by a company named Wrap Collabo with a new foil from Avery Dennison called Satin Dark Basalt. It’s looking sharp!

Another thing that catches the eye are the rims. Those are 20” manufactured by BCForged. You’ll find 10” on the front and 20” on the rear. Last, but not least - the engine. Before leaving SR66 headquaters, car had a trip to Denmark, to a renowned company Kleemann, where engine has been tuned, giving a result of 640hp and over 900nm (stock engine produces 500hp & 700nm).

Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design
Mercedes-Benz SL R230 with SR66.1 wide body kit by SR66 Design

As you can see, even an old SL can have a second life. SR66 Design’s package currently costs 3500 EUR and is available for purchase through the official website or it’s dealers.