While the current-generation Mercedes-Benz SL models look (and sound) edgier than their predecessors, they remain models that speak more as world-class touring convertibles than sports cars or brash sport coupes.
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.
The SL has 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.
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|13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6||Premium Unleaded V-12||Premium Unleaded V-8|
|Two-Seaters||Subcompact Cars||Two-Seaters||Minicompact Cars||Two-Seaters||Subcompact Cars|
|SL 450 Roadster||640i Coupe||Coupe Manual||Carrera Coupe||V12 S Coupe||Sport 4.7L|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Auto-Shift Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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