2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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Quick Specs
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class isn't quite a sports car, but it's a rapid, open-air touring coupe extraordinaire.
The 2017 BMW 6-Series is a luxurious jack of all trades (speed, style, comfort, and quality) but a master of one: grand touring.
The 2017 Jaguar F-Type clips the sports-car apex, with extreme performance meets extremely good looks.
The 2017 Porsche 911 is a toe into the waters of modernity with a base turbo engine that gets good fuel economy. Don't be fooled; it's every bit the super car it always has been.
The 2017 Maserati GranTurismo is getting old but its Ferrari-inspired performance and sensuous styling and still appealing.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class    
Two SeatersSubcompact CarsTwo SeatersMinicompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
SL 450 Roadster640i CoupeCoupe ManualCarrera CoupeSport 4.7L
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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