2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Consumer Review: Torque, not HP

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Torque, not HP
By goose007 on


2005 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL65 AMG 2dr Convertible (6.0L 12cyl Turbo 5A)


I have had a Jaguar and a Ferrari in
the past, and driven the Porsches of
friends. I was attracted to the new
Mercedes "monster car" because it
broke the 600 HP barrier. What I have
found is that the HP understates the
perfomance of the vehicle, if you can
imagine that. Between 2000 and 4000
rpm there is well over 700 ft-lbs of
torque and the driving experience is
like nothing I have ever felt.

Now, this is a heavy machine, and you
can feel it. But the ride is
still "tight", the seats well designed
to hold you, and the controls very
accesible. The interior touches are
nice, but this is still an SL500 with
a monster engine and monster brakes.

Best Features

I like the turbo on this car. Normally I prefer superchargers, like that on the Jag or the SL55, but I noticed no turbo lag. Nice job AMG!

Worst Features

Taller friends complain about the SL series. Think twice if you are a six footers. Also, be nice to see this car with a few 100 less pounds on it.
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