2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: Your Personal Adrenalin Pump

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Your Personal Adrenalin Pump
By Mpyles on


2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.4L 8cyl S/C 5A)


I wish it were 800 pounds lighter and $30K cheaper. But mostly I wish this car had been on the market when I lived in the rolling hills of Connecticut instead of downtown Chicago. My biggest problem with it has been the urge to rise at 5:00 a.m. on weekends to find a clear roadway worthy of its capabilities. Cars (and I've had a lot of them) just don't get any more fun than this one. A few -- very few -- beat it in handling or acceleration, but none beats it in cool quotient when you factor in the hard drop top which looks as good up as down. Porsches are Mozart. Bimmers are Mahler. This car is Beethoven's 9th.

Best Features

Engine. Drop top. Looks. Build quality. Surprising ability (with the right tires) to handle light winter conditions.

Worst Features

Put this car on a diet. A central hydroformed tube (a la Corvette) combined with Mercedes engineering and build quality would turn the trick nicely.
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