PHOENIX – Bristling with state of the art engineering, the fifth-generation Mercedes SL500 is, arguably, the most technologically advanced car ever produced – in addition to the sort of power, outstanding design and ride quality befitting a $90,000 roadster. On sale in the U.S. next month, it is a descendant of the gullwing 300SL launched in 1954. See related story The ’03 SL500 can transform itself from coupe to roadster in 16 seconds. It has a 5L SOHC V-8 that develops 302 hp at 5,600 ...

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