Whether you consider them performance cars or boulevard cruisers, the Mercedes-Benz SL roadsters set themselves apart from the competition with their folding convertible hardtop.
Among soft-top cars, the Jaguar XK covers some of the same ground--with spectacular speed and handling, especially as an XKR.
Equally masculine and new for 2012, the Porsche 911 is longer and wider, with a pair of real seats bordering on useful for the first time, ever.
More electronics and a more refined interior than ever continue the push ever upward, and outward.
For another German option, look at the Audi R8, a wonderfully capable four-wheel-drive sportscar that comes in Spyder convertible and V-10-powered versions.
Lastly, consider the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible, a gorgeous machine with a sonorous V-8 and swift, gentlemanly performance--or the Ferrari California hardtop convertible, which drops 4-second acceleration times along with the famous engine noise and taut, near-exotic-car handling.
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|2012 Mercedes-Benz SL ClassBrowse Used Listings||2012 Audi R8Browse Used Listings||2012 Jaguar XKBrowse Used Listings||2012 Porsche 911Browse Used Listings||2012 Maserati GranTurismoBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas Flat 6||Gas V8|
|2 Seater||Compact||Mini-Compact||Mini-Compact||Subcompact Cars|
|2-Door Roadster SL 550||2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe Carrera *Ltd Avail*||2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic||Manual||Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift|