Long live the V12! In all seriousness, I’m not breaking any news here saying the V12 engine is not long for this world. The return just isn’t there for companies with the emissions regulations and you can make comparable power with turbochargers, superchargers, and electric batteries. Thankfully we have roughly 30 years of them to choose from and they seem to be aging reasonably well, all things considered. My favorite V12, the Mercedes-Benz M275, can be had across various of platforms and it seems the secret is out about them. Today’s car, a 2014 SL65 AMG, came with a giant sticker price of over $215,000, but that doesn’t mean you are going to be snagging this one for $48,000 some eight years later. Not even close.
Today I wanted to look at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz … SL400? Yes, that is a thing. Back in 2015, Mercedes-Benz introduced the SL400 with a 329 horsepower 3.0L twin-turbo V6 paired with a the 722.9 seven-speed automatic. The whole reason for this is that the base price was $85,000, which meant it was $23,000 less than the SL550. For legacy SL buyers, that is a big deal. You still get your SL with all the toys, but save a bunch of money if you don’t ever use 430 horsepower. This was true in a lot of households as these cars are used as Sunday cruisers and rarely get full throttle. A win-win for both Mercedes and buyers as more cars were sold and buyers save a little bit of coin. Now five years later, these could be a bargain, right?
Something I wonder is how certain ideas go from the drawing board to actually make it into production. Today’s car is one of those ideas. This is a 2016 SL550 Mille Miglia 417 edition. It was thought up to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Mille Miglia that the W198 300SL competed in. The “417” comes from the original race number of 417 – itself derived from John Fitch’s 4:17 a.m. starting position in the legendary Italian race. In my view, that’s a little random to attach to the name of a car, but I guess I get where they are coming from. What I don’t get is everything else about the SL ‘Special Edition’.
Model: SL550 Mille Miglia 417
Engine: 4.7 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 34 mi
Price: $99,970 Buy It Now
This 2016 Mercedes SL550 is the special Mille Miglia Edition and comes exclusively in Matte Black. It’s 4.7L Biturbo V8 produces 449 HP. Here is a list of standard options on this exclusive car:
-Active lane keeping assist
-Active blind spot assist
-Distronic cruise control
-Red seat belts
-Illuminated door sills
-Black AMG wheels
-Black nappa leather
-Airscarf ventilated headrests
-Multicontour seats with massage
-Magic vision control
-harman/kardon surround sound
It is listed as a used vehicle but will come with full 4 year/50,000 mile manufacturers warranty.
Please contact Erik Swenson at 701-356-8668 with any questions.
Mercedes-Benz has done special editions before with the SL so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that they’d go to that well again. But that doesn’t mean you go the well full of raw sewage. It’s as if Mercedes tried to make this car as offensive and unattractive as possible, and I see no links to the legendary 300SL which this is supposedly an homage to. Matte black paint, red accents everywhere, thin multi-spoke wheels and perhaps the worst thing of all, it has embroidered headrests. Just to go one step further, the majority of the interior trim is what Mercedes calls “sporty embossed carbon structure”. To me, that translates to “not real carbon fiber” – never mind that carbon was just an element in 1955 when the 300SL raced. This is everything you don’t do to a car. Mercedes-Benz knows that their typical buyer for a new SL doesn’t have a taste for things like these yet they gambled on making a few hundred of them and surprise, this 2016 is still for sale as a new car. I don’t know if they were hoping to catch the eye of those older guys who still wear Ed Hardy jeans and those crazy pattern shirts with the giant cuffs, but they sure tried their hardest.
So what does this abomination cost? A cool $99,970. The good part is that is nearly $25,000 off the original sticker price. The bad news is that this car is still $100,000 and already a well over a year old because no one wants to buy it. My guess is that it stay unsold for a little while longer.