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Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL400 is Underrated, But Not a Serious Threat: Review


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2013 SL550

Golf clubs, pensioners, Boca Raton; the Mercedes-Benz SL 400 has seen them all. While these stigmas often tend to ring true for the two-door Benz, that shouldn’t dissuade any young bucks out there from getting behind the wheel and trying it out for themselves. The SL might pleasantly surprise you.

2013 SL550

Whippersnapper Speed
The Mercedes-Benz SL has what the typical buyer of this car may call “whippersnapper speed.” Don’t go racing any new Corvettes, mind you, but the SL 400 feels like a car that actually wants to perform.

There’s a 329-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 under the hood that sends power through a seven speed automatic to the rear wheels. Push on the gas hard enough, and you’ll get it from a dead stop to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. It’s not breaking any land speed records, but it’ll definitely get you from point A to point B faster than any electric scooter.

Steering is relatively numb, but mimics the overall personality of the car. It occasionally wants to perform like a sports car with a throaty V6 and responsive suspension, but stays pretty neutral throughout. Cars like the Chevrolet Corvette or Jaguar F-Type are decidedly more enthusiast-focused. Obviously.