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Mercedes-Benz SL Open (02 - 12) review

(2002 - 2012)
Mercedes-Benz SL Open (02 - 12)
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Which used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports should I buy?

The SL55 AMG is easily the best SL. It has much the same stylish looks as the standard SL, but with a hint more menace thanks to minor body tweaks and bigger alloy wheels. It also has a supercharged 5.4-litre V8 pumping out 500bhp to push it firmly into the supercar league for performance. Like the SL600, it cracks 0-62mph in 4.6sec and doesn't let up until a limited top speed of 155mph.

The SL500 is a close runner-up and is not that much slower than the SL55 AMG. However, it's a little more refined and rides the bumps a fraction more smoothly, as well as being cheaper to buy and run. The V6-engined SL350 is cheaper again, but will leave you feeling short-changed on performance, and wondering about what you're missing.

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Which used Mercedes-Benz SL-Class sports should I buy?

The SL55 AMG is easily the best SL. It has much the same stylish looks as the standard SL, but with a hint more menace thanks to minor body tweaks and bigger alloy wheels. It also has a supercharged 5.4-litre V8 pumping out 500bhp to push it firmly into the supercar league for performance. Like the SL600, it cracks 0-62mph in 4.6sec and doesn't let up until a limited top speed of 155mph.

The SL500 is a close runner-up and is not that much slower than the SL55 AMG. However, it's a little more refined and rides the bumps a fraction more smoothly, as well as being cheaper to buy and run. The V6-engined SL350 is cheaper again, but will leave you feeling short-changed on performance, and wondering about what you're missing.

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