Mercedes-Benz just quietly released a new addition to its SL roadster variant in its official website, which is called the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL 400. The revitalized line features new engine specs as well as a more accessible price for buyers.
The new version ditched its predecessor’s V8 engine and replaced it with an all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with a displacement of 2996 cc. The engine’s listed output is 329 hp with 354 lb-ft of torque.
The power of the car is distributed through its seven-speed automatic gearbox. In addition, the vehicle provides a fuel-efficiency rate of 20 miles per gallon on a city drive, and 27 mpg on the highway.
Compared to the Mercedes-Benz SL 550, the SL 400 is roughly 100 hp and 160 lb-ft lower in terms of output. The sprint of the car is also less than its predecessor. Notably, the SL 550 only takes 4.5 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from zero, while the SL 440 needs 5.1 seconds to arrive at 60 mph from zero.
However, Mercedes-Benz reduced the price of the SL 400 by more than $20,000. The price of the entry level model starts at $84,000, excluding the added $925 cost for the delivery. The numbers may still require a fat bank account, but at least it is significantly below the starting price of the SL 5000, which is $107,825.
The German automaker offers optional add-ons to the Mercedes SL 400 as well. Among the available upgrades for the car are the $4,900-worth Premium Package, Distronic adaptive control that comes with its $2,950 Driver Assistance Package, plus its top-of-the-line Magic Sky Control technology for $2,500.