2017 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
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
7.8
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class isn't quite a sports car, but it's a rapid, open-air touring coupe extraordinaire.
6.8
The 2017 BMW 6-Series is a luxurious jack of all trades (speed, style, comfort, and quality) but a master of one: grand touring.
8.4
The 2017 Jaguar F-Type clips the sports-car apex, with extreme performance meets extremely good looks.
7.8
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.
7.2
The 2017 Aston Martin Vantage is one of the few remaining bespoke sports cars, likely one of the final years before the automaker capitalizes on its partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
7.4
The 2017 Maserati GranTurismo is getting old but its Ferrari-inspired performance and sensuous styling and still appealing.
MSRP From     
$86,950$77,600$61,400$89,400$186,195$132,825
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-12Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersSubcompact CarsTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo-SeatersSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
SL 450 Roadster640i CoupeCoupe ManualCarrera CoupeV12 S CoupeSport 4.7L
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
242424
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
RoadsterCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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