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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review Summaries

What reviewers liked most about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • Impressive high-speed stability; 75 mph feels like 40.

    - Consumer Guide
  • Many buttons and switches, though all are easy to reach.

    - Consumer Guide
  • With 6.0 liters of displacement and twin turbochargers, the SL65's V12 engine is the most powerful production engine ever offered by the German automaker.

    - Edmunds.com
  • A power-operated, retractable hardtop offers the integrity, insulation and security of a coupe when raised along with the full alfresco experience of a roadster when powered down.

    - Edmunds.com
  • Seductive style, quick-folding retractable hardtop, powerful V8 and V12 engines, impressive handling doesn't come at the detriment of ride quality.

    - Edmunds.com
  • Today we have the safest, quickest, flattest-handling and prettiest SL-Class cars in half a century.

    - New Car Test Drive
  • The lack of body roll while cornering hard in the new SL is eerie, especially when you realize it's a computer managing the lean, not conventional anti-roll bars. But it works very well, delivering a comfortably compliant ride and remarkably composed cornering, all complemented by a new slightly quicker steering rack.

    - Road & Track

What reviewers liked least about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • ...the SL65 doesn't have too much power. Its problem is it wasn't given a commensurate helping of traction.

    - Car and Driver
  • All SLs come equipped with Mercedes' Sensotronic brake-by-wire system that is a bit grabby and difficult to modulate as one comes to a stop.

    - Car and Driver
  • Big price leap over already fantastic SL55...

    - Edmunds.com
  • It is heavy for a "sports car," fussy audio and navigation controls, and limited cargo capacity.

    - Edmunds.com

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Comparisons

  • Admittedly, there are cars with more horsepower, and there are cars with better power-to-weight ratios. Two of them are the Ferrari Enzo and the Porsche Carrera GT, but those sex kittens can't touch the torque offering of the SL65, and more important, they aren't cars that can be used daily as easily as can the SL65, which is no more difficult to drive every day as the half-as-expensive, half-as-powerful SL500.

    - Car and Driver
  • With 604 horsepower and torque measuring an asphalt-wrinkling 738 pound-feet emanating from its twin-turbo V12, this drop top can hang with Ferraris as easily as it will go for a top-down Sunday drive.

    - Edmunds.com
  • When the road gets curvy, the SL65 feels as willing as anything in this price range.

    - Edmunds.com

Best one-liner about the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • ...Mercedes has removed a glove and slapped the face of the entire industry and issued a very big challenge.

    - Car and Driver
  • Mercedes has taken its legendary roadster and injected it with a major dose of horsepower that elevates it to supercar status.

    - Edmunds.com

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