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On the Trail of the New Mercedes-Benz SL 400


Mercedes-Benz SL 400

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 looks utterly different from the standard car, not least with its extraordinary exterior lines reminiscent of an SLR. The new Mercedes-Benz SL400 picks up minor styling changes, updated technology and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The large front end sweeps through to the passenger cabin and wide rear. It features signature chrome hood elements, gills on the sides.

A three-part roof, with sections consisting of steel, rubber, and plastic, folds away at the touch of a button in a mere of less than 17 seconds. 

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I spent time driving with the roof on and off and found that the new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 doesn’t scuttle shake anywhere near as badly as it once did. 


The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400-03

Another design directive for the new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 was greater refinement without sacrificing practicality. The steering, too, is keen for every input and points the nose into a corner with a deft flick of the driver’s wrist. The suspension remains soft but not sloppy, helping it ride out mid-corner intrusions without suddenly upsetting the SL 400’s inherent balance.

Mercedes-Benz SL 400-Hassan Soukar Social Media Influencer


Unlike the engine which remains similar to the pre-face-lift version, the gearbox has witnessed an array of improvements, through which it has changed from a seven-speed to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine is capable of producing 270kW of power and 500Nm of torque, going through 7.8L/100km on the combined cycle in the process.

Mercedes-Benz SL 400-Engine

The Infotainment System

The car comes equipped with a small seven-inch COMAND system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, in addition to the Mercedes-Benz online feature suite. The LINGUATRONIC voice recognition system is considered as the saviour of this system, as it can complete all user commands, such as entering full navigation addresses or even finding the most foreign of names.

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400-the wheel


Standard equipment includes 11-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system; 19-inch alloy wheels; electrically adjustable steering; radar cruise control; autonomous emergency braking; blind spot monitor; key-less entry and start; front and rear parking sensors with rear-view camera; full electric seats; adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beam; lane departure assistant; heated and cooled seats; DAB+ digital radio with TV tuner and voice recognition.

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400-Interior

Drive Modes

Mercedes-Benz engineers have beefed up the suspension and tweaked the damper settings in a bid to make it drive as smooth as possible. The gearbox is always in the right gear and ready to kick down to the correct cog. Using the Dynamic Select system, the driver can switch between Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and Eco with each mode offering a varying level exhaust sound, throttle response and steering weighting.

While the Sport and Sport+ modes offer plenty of response and intuitive gear management, drivers can take over gear shifts at any point with the steering wheel mounted paddle-sifters.


Slipping the car into Sport or Sport+ increases suspension firmness thanks to variable dampers. It doesn’t make the ride uncomfortable but certainly makes it firmer than the comfort mode.

Since the SL-Class doesn’t use air suspension, one can turn on Active Body Control, which is but a hydraulic oil system that drives pressure to each corner of the car to eradicate body roll. This technology comes in handy in the AMG models, but it’s not needed in models like the SL400 that already ride well and have limited body roll.

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400-01

During spirited driving, the Sport mode offers a nice balance between firmness and steering weight, allowing the car to be driven like a much nimbler sports car. The body sticks to the fact of being pretty flat and the 285mm wide rubber at the rear bids plenty of grip.

The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400-front shot

The editor’s note

If you’re on the hunt for a supercar, there is a no better option than the SL400. The new Mercedes-Benz SL 400 has been the quintessential mature sports car, but the latest generation manages to be both more sporty and more luxurious. The SL feels Aston Martin Rapide Squick, it sounds fantastic and its chassis copes fine. Last but not least, the interior feels lavish and stately, especially with the light-brown leather interior and dashboard stitching.

  1. Kim Roude says

    Great review and superb pics!

  2. Jonathan Lampert says

    The review looks cool and so do the shots. Keep it up, guys!

  3. Sara Aki says

    The review looks great.I love this beast.I love the great shots, too!

  4. Noah Whatson says

    That’s really awesome! This car is out of this world! The images are great as well!

  5. Sam Paul says

    Very nice review, indeed! The images are so cool! Can I know what camera you guys have used for the shots? They look really fab!

  6. Simon Arrol says

    Everything in this review looks good. Thanks for keeping us posted about this beast!

  7. David Bowie says

    This Mercedes looks out of this world….Love it. Love the great shots too

  8. Harry says

    Glad to hear that, Simon. It’s Nikon D7000.

  9. Frank Smith says

    Super Duper!

  10. Tom White says

    Cool review and cool car!

  11. Albert Drettmann says

    I really fell in love with this vehicle. I think Mercedes-Benz here is trying and as usual to stand out from its competitors by coming up with unprecedented specs and stuff!

  12. Eden Dean says

    The car looks so beautiful and so does the review!

  13. Ana Alicante says

    No wonder! It’s Mercedes! This must be the dream car of every sport car lover!

  14. Claudia Drettmann says

    Very great car from Mercedes. I really love it!

  15. Harald Weiss says

    Mercedes is always coming up with something unparalleled and this is a good example.Am I right?

  16. Andy Marken says

    That’s really awesome design and awesome performance. Well-done Mercedes!

  17. Natasha Baker says

    Great piece, indeed!

  18. Harry says

    Yes, you’re Harald! Many thanks for your feedback.Please stay tuned!

  19. Harry says

    Glad that you do. Thanks Claudia.

  20. Harry says

    You are so welcome, Simon!

  21. Harry says

    Glad to hear that from you Sara.Please stay tuned!

  22. Tom Cooney says

    Well-said! I am always blown away with Mercedes-Benz’s constant innovations!

  23. Zainab Alhassan says

    Great review and great pictures!

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