The new entry-level Mercedes-Benz SL 400 V6 version is taken for a spin by Car Magazine and the roadster makes a pretty good impression as you are about to find out below.
There was the V8 and the V12, but now Mercedes-Benz decided it is high time to offer an entry-level version for the SL. So, here it is, the SL 400 V6 which was recently reviewed by Car Magazine.
Don’t get too scared about the entry-level tag, as the Mercedes-Benz SL400 can still sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds while being £10,000 cheaper than the SL 500, at a starting price of £72,500.
Power comes from a 3-litre V6 bi-turbo gasoline engine delivering 329 hp at 5,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 480 Nm generated between 1,600-4,000 rpm sent to the rear axle via a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The Mercedes roadster made a good impression in terms of both the looks and behaviour:
“Few cars can rival this roadster’s sense of occasion, beautifully engineered toplessness or goodies, such as Airscarf neck warmers and dimming glass roof panels.”
“This is an all-new V6 and we wonder if the direct injection may be responsible for some very un-SL-like grumble at start-up. It’s distinctly rattly and clattery and at odds with the whole Merc roadster vibe.”
For the final verdict and the complete review have a look at the original article on carmagazine.co.uk.