New SL 400 is The Least Sporty Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster Now

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We already told you about the new base engine in the Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster R231 lineup last week, but the Stuttgart car manufacturer decided to also give us a press release today.
In essence, the Mercedes-Benz SL 350 nameplate gets replaced with the SL 400, despite the fact that the new engine has a lower displacement.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the new 400 name has more to do with the power and torque ratio that the new engine develops and less to do with the actual cylinder displacement.

Despite half a liter of less displacement, the output of the new twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine was increased by 27 hp and 110 Nm (81 lb ft) of torque compared with what the now-old SL 350 used to make.

On top of it, the increased horsepower and torque aren't the only numbers which are better in the new model, as the new V6 is also already meeting the Euros VI emissions standard, mainly thanks to a direct-injection system with spray-guided combustion – a technology offered in series production for the very first time by Mercedes-Benz and a rapid multi-spark ignition system.

With 333 hp and 480 Nm (354 lb ft) of torque at its disposal, the new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 can go from naught to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.2 seconds now, or precisely 0.7 seconds faster than the model it replaces.

The new base model of the SL Roadster lineup starts from EUR 97,282.50 in Germany, including 19 percent VAT, therefore making it only slightly more expensive than the EUR 95.854,50 starting price that the SL 350 Roadster used to have.
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