2018 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs. Its Competition

2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mercedes SL-Class is more comfortable and better equipped than the aged BMW 6-Series—it’s hard to find a reason to pick the BMW over the M-B here.

Maserati’s GranTurismo is new for 2018, with updated styling and a sonorous V-8 that could captivate interest.

It’s interior isn’t up to snuff though.

Porsche’s 911 is compelling in certain configurations, but it’s a sportier car and turbocharged cabriolets command more than $175,000.

The Aston Martin Vantage has a sexy shape and wonderful V-12 note, but its tech is leagues behind the Mercedes.

The Jaguar F-Type is the wild child, especially in SVR trim.

Handle with care.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class represents the pinnacle of droptop grand touring cruisers. But what does that mean anymore?
6.8
One of the ultimate grand-tourers, the BMW 6-Series stands ready to eat up miles, buyers' budgets, and premium unleaded.
8.0
The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is a thrilling sports car with style to match.
7.6
The 2018 Porsche 911 is a superlative sports car that has defied its age. It’s a classic, but performs better than nearly any newcomer to its arena.
MSRP From     
$88,200$70,200$59,900$91,100$149,995$148,850
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class     
Two-SeatersMid-Size CarsTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo-SeatersSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
SL 450 Roadster640i xDrive Gran TurismoCoupe Automatic 296HPCarrera CoupeCoupeSport 4.7L
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
252424
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
RoadsterHatchbackCoupeCoupeCoupeConvertible
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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