MORE GRUNT, a new nine-speed auto tranny, a facelift and ‘Curve’ – the suspension feature first seen on S-Class Coupe where the car will slightly tilt itself into corners.

These are the changes for Merc’s refreshed SL400, and have resulted in a faster, better droptop sports car. Still more a quick, comfortable cruiser than a bewitching driving machine, Curve in particular can be hard to feel and is more a comfort than performance feature anyway. The SL400 is undoubtedly better, but might not be the performance convertible you’re after if you care a lot about driving fast.

It’s more for those weekends away with the other half. - DC

SPECS 3.0L V6, TURBO, 270KW/500NM, 7.7L/100KM PRICE $230,000 (EST)