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Motor Envy: The Mercedes-Benz SL 400 is a slinky little drop-top with a lot of power

Top up or top down, this is one refined ride.

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What’s this then?

This slinky little number is the Mercedes-Benz SL 400 AMG Line and it can be yours for €137,946.

What’s so special about it?

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is synonymous with style and glamour. It is an iconic design and SL stands for Sportlich-Leicht or Sport Lightweight, which gives away the sporty characteristics lurking underneath its sexy bodywork. It’s gorgeous with such great presence and it really does cut quite a dash out on the road.

It has a panoramic Vario roof which can be operated on the move at speeds up to 40km/h.

Any standout design features?

The Mercedes-Benz SL is a classy, luxurious convertible roadster with an iconic design. From front to back, the exterior is striking and very dynamic looking. The vertical diamond grille is flanked by dynamic full-LED headlights and two ‘powerdomes’ adorn the bonnet. Those ‘A-wing’ air dams give the SL a purposeful, powerful look and feel.

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And what powers this Mercedes-Benz SL 400?

Under its big, beautiful bonnet is a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine. It produces 367hp at 5,500 to 6,000rpm and a healthy 500Nm of torque at 2,000 to 4,200rpm. It is mated to a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox and is rear-wheel drive.

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Does the Mercedes-Benz SL 400 have any luxurious touches?

Being the AMG Line model, the car has loads of luxurious and sporty touches. The interior has a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel in Napa leather with grey contrasting topstitching. There is a seven-inch colour touchscreen and a Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system. There is automatic climate control and leather upholstered seats.

The sporty exterior touches include 19-inch AMG 5-spoke light alloy wheels, upgraded brake discs, sports suspension and a performance exhaust.

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But who would drive this car?

For those who love open-air driving but want a refined and comfortable ride, the Mercedes-Benz SL 400 is the car for you. Top up or down it is an elegant yet hugely enjoyable machine with great handling and performance.

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