Insurance groups range from 1 to 50 and dictates the cost of the vehicles insurance. The higher the group, the higher the insurance will be for the vehicle.
BHP rates the engine performance of vehicles and stands for the brake horsepower.
CO2 is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the vehicle in grams per kilometre travelled, the lower the CO2 emissions the cleaner the vehicle is for the environment.
The total number of seats in the vehicle.
Number Of Seats
Road Tax is based upon the CO2 emissions of the vehicle and is split into 13 bands from A to M. The higher the letter the greater the cost of tax paid to drive the vehicle on public roads. In addition to the road tax detailed below, any vehicle that had a manufacturers retail price in excess of £40,000 when first sold, attracts a road tax supplement of an additional £310 per year. This is charged until the vehicle is 6 years old.
"These 2 seater models have led the way in the premium Roadster market for many years. Design, drive, safety and of course image being just a few of the key aspects to why these models are so popular. A Mercedes-Benz Roadster for every season, and every reason!"
Paul Morris, General Sales Manager
Mercedes-Benz of Ascot
|Green tinted glass|
|Rain sensor windscreen wipers|
|Heated rear window with timer|
|2 Electric windows|
|ABS with Brake Assist|
|ESP with ASR|
|Electronic parking brake|
|Hill hold function|
|Adaptive brake system|
|Brake calipers in grey|
|Adaptive damping system|
|Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone|
|Active park assist with parktronic system|
|DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)|
|Direct steer system with speed dependent servo assistance|
|Closing aid for doors|
|Outside temperature gauge|
|Service indicator (ASSYST)|
|Chequered flag design instrument cluster|
|COMAND HDD Navigation with radio/CD/DVD/MP3, 7" screen, traffic updates, speed limit assist, linguatronic voice control, SD card slot + online|
|Electric folding door mirrors|
|Auto dimming interior and driver's door mirror|
|DAB Digital radio|
|Harman/Kardon logic 7 surround sound system + 9 speakers with amplifier|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Body colour bumpers|
|AMG body styling|
|AMG spoiler lip|
|Magic vision control|
|AMG boot lid spoiler in body colour|
|LED daytime running lights|
|Intelligent light system with LED headlights, active light function, cornering lights and adaptive high beam assist|
|Thermotronic automatic climate control|
|Black roof lining|
|Illuminated door sills|
|Memory package - SL Class|
|Keyless Go comfort pack - SL class|
|Automatic roll over protection|
|Warning triangle and first aid kit|
|Passenger airbag deactivation system|
|Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags|
|Tyre pressure monitoring system|
|Pre-safe anticipatory safety system|
|Active pedestrian safety system|
|Driver and passenger head and side airbags|
|Electric adjustable front seats|
|Heated front seats|
|Comfort ventilated front seats|
|Neck-pro front headrests|
|Active multi-contour front seats with massage function|
|Remote central locking|
|Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Tyre sealant kit|
The specification listed for this vehicle was standard when purchased new. The actual specification may vary, for confirmation, please contact our sales department.
The Mercedes SL400 packs a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 good for 367bhp and 5000Nm. It'll crack 62mph in just 4.9 seconds and keep going to 155mph. It's a smart buy too, retaining more of its new value than any of its key rivals.
The Mercedes-Benz SL is a car that has been around for a long time across its various generations. It's a vehicle that has layers upon layers of history and it's most accessible in this entry-level SL400 guise where you get a 3.0-litre V6 engine that's now been uprated to put out 367bhp and a more sophisticated 9-speed auto gearbox mated with it. A 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving system with five transmission modes and Active Body Control with a neat curve tilting function both claim to take this legendary sportscar to a new dynamic level and the vario-roof can now be operated at up to 25mph. Sounds pomising doesn't it? Will SL-watchers need to earmark this one for future greatness?
Power comes courtesy of a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6, the days of the badge on the back of a Mercedes giving a reliable clue to its engine displacement having long since passed. Still, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg would doubtless attest, Mercedes clearly knows a thing or two about turbocharged V6 powerplants. While this one's uprated 367bhp power output wouldn't line it up on the front row of an F1 grid, it's more than enough to let the relatively lightweight SL get a wiggle on, clocking the 62mph sprint in just 4.9 seconds, while the electronically limited top speed of 155mph is shared with even more powerful versions. There's 500Nm of torque too, 20Nm more than before, and you access it through a freshly-developed 9-speed 9G-TRONIC auto gearbox. Across the range, SL drivers benefit from 'Dynamic Select' adjustable damping, a set-up you can tweak via 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport Plus' and 'Individual' modes to suit the mood you're in and the road you're on. Another option is 'Active Body Control' with a curve tilting function. This reduces body movement through the bends in a way that's almost eerie. These changes do much to make the SL a more involving driver's proposition. Dynamically, this car has always sat rather uneasily somewhere between a Porsche 911 Cabriolet and a BMW 6 Series, not as sharp as the 911, not as luxurious as the Six. With this improved sixth generation SL, the difference is fundamental. In this, we've a car arguably able to offer much of the best of both worlds.
Let's start with the fineries of fashion - classic SL proportions that have evolved through six generations and nearly half the history of this famous brand: the long bonnet, the compact passenger cell set well back within the wheelbase and a muscular, racy-looking tail. Changes to this improved MK6 model include a re-sculpted radiator grille that harmonises with the now standard AMG bodystyling. Two powerdomes on the bonnet invoke the sporting heritage of the SL, while light-catching contours give additional structure to the bonnet. Also adding to the revised appearance of this SL is the standard-fit LED Intelligent Light System with its headlamp housing extending far to the outside and an integrated torch-shaped unit comprising the daytime running lamp/position lamp and direction indicator. The side view of this SL reveals enlarged cosmetic air outlets with wing-like chrome inserts in the dynamic, broad vehicle wings. But it's what you can't see that's important here. 'SL' may stand for 'Sport Leicht' but historically, this model has always been something of a sporting heavy hitter. That changed when this sixth generation version first arrived in 2012 and the decision was made to construct the car entirely from aluminium. Of course, this car could have been a lot lighter still if the designers had dispensed with the bulky electrically operated Vario metal folding roof that only Mercedes now provides in this segment. It eats into boot space and makes it impossible for this car to offer the pair of occasional rear seats you'll find in competitors from Jaguar, BMW and Porsche but it's also one of the things that most appeals about this car to city-based buyers. The mechanism is still slower than a fabric hood would be but in this model has been speeded up to raise or lower the elaborate metal panels in a respectably rapid 20 seconds. And it can now be used at speeds of up to 25mph. When up, if you've specified what Mercedes calls 'MAGIC SKY CONTROL', you'll get a neat system that uses electro-reactive particles to switch the roof panel from light to dark at the press of a button.
You'll need a budget of around £75,000 for this SL400. True, that's up to £10,000 more than you'd pay for a comparable BMW 640i Convertible, but we think you're getting a lot more car here. Anyway, much of that premium will be returned to you in the higher residuals you'll get at re-sale time. Of course, the main difference between the two cars is this SL's provision of a folding hard top roof. We certainly like the little SL touches that come as standard. Like 'Magic Vision Control' washer fluid jets that fire out of the wiper blade directly in front of the blade lip, in both directions of wipe. As a result, no water is splashed onto the windscreen during spraying to disrupt the driver's visibility - and you'll never fire it onto your passenger when the roof is down. You can even specify a heated wiper blade to prevent snow or ice forming in winter. Another feature that speaks volumes of Mercedes' lateral thinking is the Frontbass system which utilises the free spaces in the aluminium structures in front of the footwell as resonance spaces for the bass speakers. This gives the SL's stereo a punch while freeing up space in the doors and saving weight.
This Mercedes-Benz SL400 is undoubtedly more powerful and, consequently, slightly quicker than the previous version, but that urge comes in tandem with reasonable frugality. Expect 36.7mpg and 175g/km CO2 emissions - not too bad for a 367bhp luxury convertible. That's almost identical, by the way, to the showing of a rival BMW 640i Convertible. Residual values of this latest SL have held up extremely well. If we take an SL400 as an example, it keeps hold of around 45% of its new value after a typical three year/30,000 mile ownership period. Its most direct rival, the BMW 640i M Sport, retains a dismal 32.3 per cent in comparison. With more power and the likelihood of better perceived value for money, the SL400 may well widen that gap even further.
AMG floor mats, Green tinted glass, ABS with Brake Assist, Adaptive damping system, Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone, Reversing camera, Closing aid for doors, Outside temperature gauge, Electric folding door mirrors...
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||4.9|
|Engine Power - BHP||367|
|Engine Power - KW||270|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||5500|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||369|
|Engine Torque - MKG||51|
|Engine Torque - NM||500|
|Engine Torque - RPM||2000|
|Emissions - ICE|
|CO2 (g/km)||191 (g/km)|
|Noise Level dB(A)||71|
|Standard Euro Emissions||EURO 6|
|Fuel Consumption - ICE|
|EC Combined (mpg)||33.6|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg)||43.5|
|EC Urban (mpg)||24.6|
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PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) a simple cost effective way to buy your new or nearly new
You choose the car, the deposit, how long you want the contract to run for and the mileage you intend to do. You will then receive a quote for fixed cost motoring for the length of the contract. At the end of the contract you have a choice to either buy the car outright for an agreed lump sum (the GFV or final balloon payment), or hand the vehicle back to the lender.
Hire Purchase allows you to take ownership of a car once all payments are made.
This is one of the most popular methods to buy a new vehicle. You pay an initial deposit, then pay off the balance in monthly payments over an agreed period of time, when the payments are complete the car is yours.
One of the main benefits with Hire Purchase is the ability to buy a high value vehicle on
Hire Purchase allows you to tailor your finance package as deposit, length of time and monthly payments are all flexible.
Personal contract hire is very similar to normal contract hire, but is exclusively for
private individuals. This
is one of the most common form of leasing.
With a personal contract hire agreement you take control of a car for a contractual period – usually referred to as the ‘lease period’. You will make fixed monthly payments for the duration of the contract – when the contract expires you will simply return the car and take out a new personal contract hire lease. PCH means you never have to worry about resale values of your car.
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