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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class / SL 550
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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.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class / SL 5502012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class2012 Audi R8 GT2012 Audi R82012 Jaguar XKR2012 Jaguar XK2012 Porsche 9112012 Porsche 9112012 Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale2012 Maserati GranTurismo
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A powerful near-exotic luxury convertible, or a grand tourer with German precision? The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SL Class is both.
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A marriage of the best of German handling and Italian power, the 2012 Audi R8 is a fantastic all-around supercar.
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How to tell if you're hopeless, when it comes to cars: take your pulse after looking at or driving the 2012 Jaguar XK.
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The 2012 Porsche 911 is one of the best buys in the sports car market, and quite possibly the most practical, luxurious car at its performance level available.
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The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo carves out a grand-touring niche for itself with Italian cachet, an earthy Ferrari rumble, and a serene blend of ride and handling.
MSRP From    
$103,650Browse Used Listings$114,200Browse Used Listings$84,500Browse Used Listings$79,000Browse Used Listings$123,000Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas Flat 6Gas V8
EPA Class    
2 SeaterCompactMini-CompactMini-CompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster SL5502-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Carrera (997)2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
AutomaticManualAutomaticManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
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