Back in April, Mercedes-Benz introduced in Europe the new SL400, a new model powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine developing 333 hp (245 kW) at 5,250 to 6,000 rpm and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque at 1,600 to 4,000 rpm. Today, we found out thanks to Autoblog that the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 available also in the United States and has a starting price of $84,000 excluding the $925 destination charge.
We also observed that the US-spec SL400 comes with 329 hp, but it is still a fast car as it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.1 seconds. So, if you don’t want the SL550, which comes with a 4.7-liter biturbo V8 and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, the SL400 could be the perfect choices.
Also the $22,900 difference looks pretty interesting as the SL500 is priced at $106,900 excluding the $925 destination charge of course.
Still, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 can get more expensive if you want the Sport Wheel Package ($2,000), which includes a new set of 19-inch AMG 5-spoke wheels, upgraded brake hardware featuring larger front discs and perforated rear discs, and a sport steering wheel featuring perforated side grips and silver-painted shift paddles.
The Premium 1 Package ($4,900) adds a rearview camera, Parktronic with Active Parking Assist, Active Ventilated seats, Airscarf neck-level heating system, Active multicontour seats with massage feature, electronic trunk closer with hands-free access and keyless go. The Magic Sky Control costs $2,500 while the impressive Bang & Olufsen BeoSound Premium Sound System is priced at $5,400.
While the design of the new Mercedes-Benz SL pays homage to a great icon, it looks forward into the future. Indeed, the new SL roadster is inspired by a combination of tradition, new perspectives and visions. This allowed the new SL roadster to assume a formal identity laden with high visual quality.
Thanks to the elegant interplay between innovation and tradition, Mercedes was able to come up with a stylishly elegant, luxury sports car that is still defined by the classic SL proportions – a long bonnet, a compact, set-back passenger cabin and a broad, muscular, rear end.
Design chief Gorden Wagener remarked that the athletic build and masculine character of the new SL tells a lot about this new Mercedes roadster while highlighting its status as the luxury brand’s high-performance heart. In addition, the SL is marked by dynamically sculpted surfaces formed by elegant details and a few well-crafted lines.
He added that Mercedes’ traditional design elements do more than just being decorations on the new SL, as they also convey the courage and the pioneering spirit of the brand while reflecting these attributes enthusiastically and passionately and in a contemporary manner. This, along with technical performance and innovations, allows the new SL to take an unmistakable character, Wagener remarked.