Compare 2008 Lexus SC vs 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class

2008 Lexus SC
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2-Door Conv
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SC 430 2-Door Conv 16 23 $57,728 $66,355
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2-Door Coupe 6.0L AMG Black Series
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SL-Class 2-Door Coupe 6.0L AMG Black Series 11 18 $278,070 $299,000
SL-Class 2-Door Roadster 5.5L V12 11 18 $129,363 $139,100
SL-Class 2-Door Roadster 5.5L V8 13 21 $91,605 $98,500
SL-Class 2-Door Roadster 6.0L AMG 11 18 $181,071 $194,700
SL-Class 2-Door Roadster 6.2L AMG 12 19 $125,550 $135,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$57,728
$278,070
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$66,355
$299,000
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1106 / month
$4983 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Lexus SC 430 offers a unique shape, a folding hardtop, and the Lexus experience, but the "bathtub" look is a major drawback in a class of beautiful convertibles. The SL’s new look isn’t to everyone’s liking, but in AMG guise, it’s now more punch than paunch—and a worthy stealth Ferrari-chaser.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 11 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 18 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact 2 Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
27.1 -
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 37.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
75.0 50.0
Second Hip Room (in)
49.5 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.8 54.0
Second Head Room (in)
33.9 -
Passenger Capacity
4 2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
46.6 -
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 42.9
Front Hip Room (in)
55.7 56.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.0 - TBD -
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.6 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 180.8
Height, Overall (in)
53.1 51.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.4
Wheelbase (in)
103.1 100.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
8.8 15.9 (7.2 w/top down)
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x - TBD - 15.4 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 x - TBD - 14.2 x 1.0
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.8 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 36.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 2.6
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/40ZR18 P325/30ZR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/40ZR18 P265/35ZR19
Spare Tire Size
T145/70R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3840 4345
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 19 x 9.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 20 x 11.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
4.3L/262 6.0L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
288 @ 5600 661 @ 5400
Engine Type
Gas V8 Bi-Turbocharged Gas V12
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
317 @ 3400 738 @ 2200-4200
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 11 (Est)
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 18 (Est)
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 14 (Est)
Transmission
Trans Type
6 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.95 3.16
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.58 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30 3.60
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.35 1.41
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Lexus SC 430 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Body Style
2-Door Convertible 2 Door Convertible
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA 4-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA 5-Arm Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 1 (Est)

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