Mercedes is on a roll; be it there absolute domination in Formula 1 this season or the blistering pace at which they are enhancing their line-up of stunning automobiles, Mercedes looks unstoppable. As expected, Mercedes today took the wraps off the brand new 2014 SL400 which replaces the existing SL350. Judging by the looks of it, the new SL-Class variant doesn’t appear to be any different than the outgoing model because most of the changes have been made under the hood rather than giving it cosmetic exterior upgrades. The SL400 comes with a smaller six cylinder engine but it isn’t naturally aspirated like its predecessor.
The 2014 Mercedes SL400 is powered by an engine which has almost half a liter less displacement than the V6 which powers the SL350. But the 3.0 liter biturbo V6 powertrain in the SL400 has an increased output of 27hp and is good for 340hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. And not to forget it’s more efficient than the naturally aspirated engine too. Mercedes says the SL400 can do the 0-62 mph sprint in a brief 5.2 seconds, and gas mileage for the European combined cycle stands at 32.2 mpg. Other than that, rest of the car is same as the SL350 and shares the same folding metal hardtop roof, chassis and aluminum construction with its predecessor. But just like the SL350 model, most probably the new SL400 will not make its way to the American continent and the V8 powered SL550 will continue to be the entry level SL-Class Mercedes in the United States.
[Via – Motorauthority]