Start-up with new vigour

The SL Roadster family from Mercedes-Benz is raring to go with a new engine. The SL 400 is now endowed with a six-cylinder biturbo drive system. Despite half a litre less displacement the output has risen by 27 hp. Plus there are 110 newton metres more torque at its disposal.

As an automotive icon the Mercedes-Benz SL blends accomplished motoring at the highest level with exquisite style. Manufactured virtually completely from aluminium, the roadster also sets the standards in the category of luxurious roadsters with its numerous technical innovations. Not forgetting that the SL is entirely suitable for everyday use thanks to its retractable vario-roof. This makes it the all-rounder amongst sports cars.

In contrast to its predecessor, the SL 400 is not fitted with a naturally aspirated engine. Instead it boasts a six-cylinder unit with two turbochargers. Although its displacement has been reduced to three litres, the biturbo drive system develops a high full-load output potential with a charge pressure of 1.8 bar, and facilitates an extremely high torque of 480 newton metres at low engine speeds. Plus the efficient six-cylinder meets the EU6 emissions standard.

The SL 400 also offers two extraordinary innovations as standard: the unique Frontbass system developed by Mercedes-Benz transforms the luxury sports car into a concert hall, when the top is up and down, and the highly efficient MAGIC VISION CONTROL wipe/wash system takes water from the wiper blade to the windscreen as required and irrespective of the direction of wipe.

    The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 data at a glance:

    Model SL 400
    No. of cylinders /arrangement V6
    Transmissions 7G-TRONIC PLUS
    Total displacement (cc) 2996
    Rated output (hp/rpm) 333/5250-6000
    Max torque (Nm at rpm) 480/1600-4000
    Fuel consumption
    Combined (l/100km)
    CO2 emissions combined (g/km) 172-179
    Emission standard EU 6
    0-100 km/h (s)
    Top speed (km/h) 250 [1]
    List Price in Hong Kong $1,778,000

    [1] Electronically limited