2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: What A Machine
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2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class - Consumer Review

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What A Machine
By Tom M on

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2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL55 AMG 2dr Convertible (5.4L 8cyl S/C 5A)

Review

This MB SL55 AMG is one of the most powerful, exciting vehicles I've ever owned. The performance is unbelievably good. I've timed my own full-bore start and got to 60 in 4.5 seconds. Handling is easily better than both a BMW M6 and a Porsche 911 Turbo S.(I've road tested both) Obviously, the retractable hardtop is the biggest party piece of the SL and it works beautifully in about 22 seconds. The interior is very well done and the Mercedes trademark massaging seats works wonderfully. But after a long distance trip, you will feel it for the ride is very firm. Fuel economy is not as bad as expected for a 500 horsepower V8. Expect like 15 city and 19 highway. Bravo Mercedes-AMG.

Best Features

Retractable hardtop. Adjustable ride height. Automatic transmission. The thought of buying the SL before Mercedes ruins it with the new facelift.

Worst Features

With the roof up, the roof joints are heard adjusting and cracking, and that gets annoying after a while. It should have the availability of a manual transmission. Like all MBs, the turn signal stalk is below the cruise control stalk, so an accidental touch turns it on. The SatNav isn't the best.
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