2015 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (SL63 AMG)
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Mercedes-Benz SL has always carried the torch for the luxury-convertible market.

It's seen some competition from the BMW 6-Series, which is now much more lithe and attractive after its most recent redesign.

The BMW is also offered in both coupe and convertible models, as well as a high-performance M6 edition to take on Mercedes' AMG models.

The Maserati GranTurismo and Aston Martin Vantage are the beauties of the group, attractive both in motion and parked.

The Maserati also has a usable back seat, and there's legitimate power in both cars–especially in the top-shelf V12 Vantage.

For a more technical performer, there's always the Porsche 911, available in rear- and all-wheel-drive models, and now offering a Targa in addition to traditional coupe and convertible body styles.

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (SL63 AMG)2015 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2015 BMW 6-Series Converitble2015 BMW 6-Series
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2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS2015 Porsche 911
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2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT2015 Aston Martin Vantage
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Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Centennial edition2014 Maserati GranTurismo
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is sportier than its predecessor, but still manages to coddle its occupants just as before.
8.4
Whether chosen as a coupe, convertible, or four-door Gran Coupe, the 2015 BMW 6-Series offers dynamic driving and massive style.
9.0
The 2015 Porsche 911 is an enthusiast's dream, with excellent handling, comfort, and performance at every step through its range.
8.4
The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S raps an exotic soundtrack, and delivers unsubtle performance in a gentlemanly way.
8.8
The Maserati GranTurismo mates serene yet sporty handling with a beautiful Ferrari V-8 engine note for one fabulous luxury coupe.
MSRP From    
$84,000$76,100$84,300N/A$126,500
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Premium Unleaded H-6N/APremium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsN/ASubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Roadster SL 4002-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Coupe CarreraN/A2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
244N/A4
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
RoadsterCoupeCoupeN/ACoupe
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODN/AAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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