Is The Base Mercedes SL 450 Fast Enough For Your Straight Line Pleasure?

If you live in the U.S. and you’re thinking about purchasing a decent-sized luxury roadster from Mercedes-Benz, the cheapest model would be the SL 450, priced from $86,950.

It’s powered by a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine, pushing down 367 PS (362 HP) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, which in ideal circumstances, should allow you to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.

These 0-60 runs, performed by The Fast Lane Car, were done at one mile above sea-level, and altitude will always have a slightly negative effect on engine performance.

So, how well do you figure the entry-level SL roadster performed? During its initial run, in Comfort mode, it did 0-60 in 6.18 seconds, whereas in Sport mode, it did it in 6.31 seconds.

It wasn’t until the reviewer launched the car properly (Sport+ mode, foot on the brake to build revs) that it hit 60 mph in 5.53 seconds, which isn’t bad considering the altitude.

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  • Craig

    Plenty quick enough. I’ve owned a few fast/quick cars in my day. Still do. And the sad fact is… you rarely ever get a chance to ‘appreciate’ the capabilities of a ‘fast’ car. I’d rather my car took 2 seconds longer to get to 60 and got 5 more mpg.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    if he had the top up that might help

  • Christian Wimmer

    I saw one of these at the local dealership and I was blown away by the performance specs. That V6 is nothing to be ashamed of. It might not sound like a V8, but performance wise it’s very impressive.

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