2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-door Roadster 6.0L AMG Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz SL roadsters can be swift boulevard cruisers or potent performers.

That draws plenty of interest from shoppers interested in the Jaguar XK, which throbs with a new 510-hp V-8 engine and corners with a lighter, nimbler touch, thanks to its sexy aluminum body.

The Audi R8 is aluminum at its core, too, and its V-8 or V-10 engines-plus a new roadster body style-earn it the kind of credentials that rarely come to first-generation sports cars.

The classic Porsche 911 can be custom-fitted to any owner with turbo power, a Cabriolet roof, and all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, though all come with ever-improving interiors and a dizzying list of interior and exterior trim options.

The Ferrari California hardtop convertible drops 4-second acceleration times along with the famous engine noise and taut, near-exotic-car handling.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-door Roadster 6.0L AMG Front Exterior View2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2011 Audi R8 2-door Coupe 5.2L Man quattro Angular Front Exterior View2011 Audi R8
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class can be a luxury grand tourer and a high-energy exotic, all at once, if you order properly.
Teutonic handling perfection meets its dream match in the 2011 Audi R8's lusty, Italian-engineered V-10 heart.
If you're not lured in by the siren song of a car like the 2011 Jaguar XK, you're beyond hope.
You'll be dazzled by the 2011 Porsche 911's unending driving joy, and maybe stunned by its passenger comfort and even its fuel economy.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8Gas Flat 6-cyl
EPA Class   
2 SeaterCompactMini-CompactMini-Compact
Style Name   
2-Door Roadster SL 5502-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Carrera
Rear Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
2 Door Convertible2 Door Coupe2 Door CoupeCoupe
Automatic w/ODManualAutomatic w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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