Compare 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL Class vs 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class

2008 Mercedes-Benz CL Class
2009 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2-Door Coupe 5.5L V12
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
CL-Class 2-Door Coupe 5.5L V12 11 17 $137,082 $147,400
CL-Class 2-Door Coupe 5.5L V8 14 21 $96,348 $103,600
CL-Class 2-Door Coupe 6.0L V12 AMG 11 17 $183,675 $197,500
CL-Class 2-Door Coupe 6.0L V12 AMG 40th Anv Ed 11 17 $274,350 $295,000
CL-Class 2-Door Coupe 6.3L V8 AMG 11 18 $127,410 $137,000
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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

$137,082
$278,070

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$147,400
$299,000

Monthly Payment Estimate

$2457 / month
$4983 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.8
8.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

If you want a coupe with it all—high performance, luxury, elegance, and some of the world’s top technology—the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is it. 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

11 mpg 11 mpg

Highway

17 mpg 18 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Compact 2 Seater

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

32.2 -

Front Head Room (in)

36.9 37.7

Passenger Volume (ft³)

91.0 50.0

Second Hip Room (in)

56.0 -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

59.2 54.0

Second Head Room (in)

36.4 -

Passenger Capacity

4 2

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.2 -

Front Leg Room (in)

42.2 42.9

Front Hip Room (in)

62.0 56.9

Exterior Dimensions

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

73.7 - TBD -

Track Width, Front (in)

63.0 61.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

5.2 - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

199.4 180.8

Height, Overall (in)

55.8 51.1

Track Width, Rear (in)

63.3 61.4

Wheelbase (in)

116.3 100.8

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

12.9 15.9 (7.2 w/top down)

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

13.8 x 1.3 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)

12.6 x 0.9 14.2 x 1.0

Brake Type

Power Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

23.8 21.1

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

17.3 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.1 36.2

Steering Type

Speed-Sensitive Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

2.8 2.6

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P275/45R18 P325/30ZR20

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P255/45R18 P265/35ZR19

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4894 4345

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 x 8.5 19 x 9.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 x 9.5 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

5.5L/336 6.0L/- TBD -

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

510 @ 5000 661 @ 5400

Engine Type

Gas V12 Bi-Turbocharged Gas V12

Fuel System

SMPI SMPI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

612 @ 1800 - 3500 738 @ 2200-4200

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

11 11 (Est)

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

17 18 (Est)

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

- 14 (Est)

Transmission

Trans Type

5 5

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.83 0.83

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.17 (R2 1.93) 3.16

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.19 2.19

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.65 - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.60 3.60

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 1.41

Summary

Vehicle Name

Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

Body Style

2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Active Suspension 4-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-link Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Active Suspension 5-Arm Multi-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

4-Link Independent

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 1 (Est)

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