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Mercedes-Benz SL400, the new entry-level SL

Published by on Apr 9, 2014 in News Leave a comment

Mercedes-Benz SL400

The German carmaker has just announced the Mercedes-Benz SL400, the latest addition to the roadster lineup, which also becomes the entry-level version, replacing the SL350. Compared to its predecessor, the SL400 comes with an extra 27 hp and 11 Nm, also complying with the Euro 6 pollution standards. The average fuel economy of the 3.0-liter V6 is 32 mpg (7.3 liters per 100 km) for the version equipped with the 7G-Tronic automatic transmission. The engine is the same one used by the E400 and produces max power between 5,250 and 6,000 rpm, while peak torque is being delivered between 1,600 and 4,000 rpm, with CO2 emissions level at 276 grams per mile (172 g/km).

The new engine features a fuel injection system with spray-guided combustion, capable of optimizing fuel mixture at pressure up to 200 bar. The engine also features Mercedes’ multi-spark ignition (MSI) system that enables up to four sparks to be discharged in succession within one millisecond. As for performance figures, the new entry-level SL accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Its predecessor, the SL350, accelerated in 5.9 seconds and had the same electronically limited top speed. It also produced more CO2, 283 g/mile and its fuel economy was slightly lower.

Among other features, the new Mercedes-Benz SL400 comes with the Magic Vision Control system as standard. The system features windshield wipers with integrated water guides and spraying holes cut out on both sides of the wiper blade. Unlike the conventional windshield wiper system, which was quite risky to use with the top down, the Magic Vision Control is excellent in a convertible. Another standard feature is the Frontbass sound system that provides a great audio experience even when the top is down. The model will be available in the United States too later this year, but the price tag is unknown so far (in Germany, the SL400 will start at a little under 100,000 Euros, which is around $135,000).

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