When you observe martial arts movies, you tend to notice that the juvenile characters are portrayed with dramatic scenes—speedy, racy and really noisy. On the other hand, the ‘mature’ characters are depicted with smoothness, discreet confidence and mellowed character. This may just be the case for the very mature Mercedes Benz SL400.
The childish charm and exuberance of a sports car has been shed since the 50’s by the SL series. Officially, it is no longer a sports car as we have revolutionized criteria for the category. Yes, SL400 is definitely out of the league, but maybe the mature population begs to differ.
Exterior and Interior
Both the fascia and interior exclaims posh, elegance and class—that is if you’re willing to look pass over the awkward snub nose at the front. There is a $4,500 option for Sand Nappa leather Designointerior of peanut butter tone. Other options include: Mocha Black paint for $2,300; black interior embellish for $1,500; Premium package of $4,900; Magic Sky Control glass roof that can be darkened by control for $2,500; and the 19-inch wheels of $500. Oh, did we forget to mention that the Premium package includes rear-view camera, cooled seats, neck warmers, massage seats, self-parking system, proximity key and an auto-closing trunk?
Engine, Transmission and Price
Okay, we’re wrapping up the essentials found under the hood. We can find a twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC, 24 valve V6 engine partnered with 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. It takes 4.6 seconds to sprint the 60mph acceleration. Now, if you’re still up to the notion that this coupe convertible yet lacks the personality, well that’s up to you.
- Engine : twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC, 24 valve V6; front place
- Transmission : 7-speed automatic transmission + manual shifting mode
- Drivetrain : rear-wheel drive
- Power : 329hp
- Torque : 354 lb.-ft.
- Mileage : (city) 20MPG; (highway) 27MPG
- Price : starting at $84,925 to $106,335 (as tested)