2010 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadsters can be swift boulevard cruisers or potent performers.

That draws plenty of interest from shoppers interested in the Jaguar XK, which throbs with a new 510-hp V-8 engine and corners with a lighter, nimbler touch, thanks to its sexy aluminum body.

The Audi R8 is aluminum at its core, too, and its V-8 or V-10 engines-plus a new roadster body style-earn it the kind of credentials that rarely come to first-generation sports cars.

The classic Porsche 911 can be custom-fitted to any owner with turbo power, a Cabriolet roof, and all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, though all come with ever-improving interiors and a dizzying list of interior and exterior trim options.

Finally, the new Ferrari California hardtop convertible erases any notion of being a Magnum, P.I.

slider with 4-second acceleration times, all the famous engine noise you'd expect from a Ferrari, and taut near-exotic-car handling.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadsters challenge luxury grand tourers and high-energy exotics alike with stupendously powerful engines and enviable ride quality.
9.2
The 2010 Audi R8 brings the expected Germanic, technical appeal to the supercar arena-but it's the imported Italian V-10 that reveals some true lust in its heart.
9.4
Brilliant from the drawing table down to the tarmac, the 2010 Jaguar XK and XKR have ripened into full sports car adulthood.
MSRP From   
N/A$114,200$82,150$192,000
Gas Mileage   
12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Engine   
N/AGas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class   
N/ACompactMini-CompactMinicompact
Style Name   
N/A2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L2-Door Coupe2-Door Convertible
Drivetrain   
N/AAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
N/A244
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/ANA
Body Style   
N/A2 Door Coupe2-Door Coupe2 Door Convertible
Transmission   
N/AManualAutomaticDual-Clutch
Detailed Spec Comparison
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