On a stratum where discounts start at $84,295.
Thenewest member to join the expanding Mercedes-Benz family, the 'entry-level' SL400 hasjust hit American markets, offering shoppers the cheapest way yet to get behind thewheel of Mercedes' flagship drop-top convertible. The SL400 is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, slotting well below the SL550's 4.6-literturbocharged V8. With a starting price of $84,295, it also offers a $22,900discount over its more powerful big brother.
Even so, for a country club cruiser, the SL400 will produce a satisfying329 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to achieve 0-60 mph timesof 5.1 seconds. With a standard panoramic glass roof, burl walnut or black ashtrim, Harman/Kardon audio system and loads of leather, it shouldn't feel allthat discounted on the inside.