Compare 1997 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 1997 Mercedes-Benz SL Class

1997 Mercedes-Benz S Class
1997 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2-Door Coupe 5.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 2-Door Coupe 5.0L 15 22 $79,950 $91,900
S-Class 2-Door Coupe 6.0L 13 20 $115,970 $133,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.2L LWB 17 24 $57,940 $66,600
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.2L SWB 17 24 $55,070 $63,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 4.2L 16 22 $64,290 $73,900
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 5.0L 15 21 $76,120 $87,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.0L 13 19 $113,360 $130,300
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2-Door Roadster 3.2L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
SL-Class 2-Door Roadster 3.2L 18 24 $69,250 $79,600
SL-Class 2-Door Roadster 5.0L 15 23 $78,210 $89,900
SL-Class 2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 20 $107,180 $123,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$79,950
$69,250
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$91,900
$79,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1532 / month
$1327 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Two Seater
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.2 -
Passenger Capacity
5 2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.5 -
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
56.7 53.2
Second Leg Room (in)
31.5 -
Front Head Room (in)
36.5 37.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.6 50.4
Second Hip Room (in)
53.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.7 55.4
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.2 4.9
Length, Overall (in)
199.4 177.1
Height, Overall (in)
56.9 51.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.5 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
115.9 99.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.6 71.3
Track Width, Front (in)
63.2 60.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 7.9
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x .48 10.94 x .35
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 x 1.2 11.81 x 1.10
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel 4 Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
26.4 21.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.56 14.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.3 35.4
Steering Type
Speed-Sensitive Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Recirculating Ball
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
235/60R16 225/55ZR16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
235/60R16 225/55ZR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4695 4010
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 16 x 8
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.5 16 x 8
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
16.4 12.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
143.0 110.0
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
347 @ 3900 232 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.0L/303 3.2L/195.2
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
315 @ 5600 228 @ 5600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 18
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.19
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 3.59
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.41
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.83
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode)
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Lower Control Arms
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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