2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (SL63 AMG)
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

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

For true sports car performance, the Porsche 911 is available with coupe or convertible body styles, rear- and all-wheel-drive, and several levels of power and handling.

The Maserati GranTurismo and Aston Martin Vantage are the beauties of the group, attractive when 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.

2015 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (SL63 AMG)2016 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
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2016 Jaguar F-Type S V-6 manual2016 Jaguar F-Type
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2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS2016 Porsche 911
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Maserati GranTurismo Centennial edition2016 Maserati GranTurismo
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2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT2015 Aston Martin Vantage
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class offers relaxed luxury and willing power, but delivers nimble moves when called upon.
8.4
The 2016 BMW M6 is a no-compromises kind of car for buyers unfazed by traditional sports car manufacturers. It's better suited for the streets than the track, and that's not a bad thing.
9.0
The 2015 Jaguar F-Type fleshes out its sportscar credentials this year with a manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
9.0
From the satisfying Carrera to the outrageous GT3 RS, the 2016 Porsche 911 is consistently brilliant, and lives up to the this model line's pedigree in every respect—with some modern comforts spliced right in.
8.8
The 2016 Maserati GranTurismo puts a gorgeous wrapper on Ferrari-inspired performance, to stunning effect.
8.4
The 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S raps an exotic soundtrack, and delivers unsubtle performance in a gentlemanly way.
MSRP From     
$85,050$77,300$65,000$84,300$132,825$98,200
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name     
2-Door Roadster SL 4002-Door Coupe 640i RWD2-Door Coupe Manual RWD2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport2-Door Coupe GT
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
242442
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
RoadsterCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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