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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

 
2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
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The Mercedes-Benz SL Class has always been the standard-bearer in the luxury-convertible class.

It's seen some inroads from the likes of the BMW 6-Series, which has grown out of its gawky stage into its newly smoothed shape, and has taken on the SL's folding hardtop with a choice of coupe or convertible models, as well as an M edition in the works.

The Jaguar XK and Maserati GranTurismo are the stunners in the class, gorgeous cars at a standstill or in motion, with elegant interiors and in the case of the Maserati, a real, adult-worthy back seat, as well as exceptional performance--particularly with the Jaguar XKR coupe or convertible.

For something more technical, more extreme, and more overtly performance-minded, there's always the Porsche 911--brand new this year, longer, wider, more capable, and more technologically endowed than ever before.

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The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Class toughens up its image and its handling, but still feels more content as a grand touring grand dame.
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With the addition of a new four-door Gran Coupe and M6 Coupe, the 6-Series lineup covers the full range of personal luxury, from soft and elegant to sharp and athletic.
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Raising pulses and generating sheer envy: it's all in a day's work for the gorgeous, sublime Jaguar XK.
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Still a tremendous value, the 2013 Porsche 911 range offers a great balance between dedicated sports car handling and daily practicality.
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Earthy exhaust tones and serene handling carve out a distinctive niche for the fabulous Maserati GranTurismo.
MSRP From    
$105,500$74,900$79,000$82,100$126,000
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Gas Flat 6Gas V8
EPA Class    
2 SeaterCompact CarsMini-CompactMini-CompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster SL5502-Door Coupe 640i2-Door Coupe Touring2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
24444
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
ConvertibleCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission    
Automatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
 
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