Road Tests Real world tests of SL 500 vs CLK GTR Straßenversion

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Mercedes-Benz SL 500

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Slightly better drag coefficient 0.29 vs 25 86.2x better drag coefficient
Front view of Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Straßenversion

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Much faster in the quarter mile 9.4 s vs 15 s More than 35% faster at the drag strip
Much more expensive sticker price $1.547M vs $86k Around 18x more expensive harder to own
Much faster to 60mph 3.4 s vs 6.2 s More than 45% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 191 mph vs 155 mph 36 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Way more more powerful engine 612 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 306 HP @ 5,600 RPM 2x stronger engine
Significantly more torque 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM vs 339 ft-lb @ 1,500 RPM Around 70% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Bigger engine 6,898 cc vs 4,966 cc Around 40% bigger engine
Lighter curb weight 3,406 lb vs 4,068 lb More than 15% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

SL 500  vs
CLK GTR Straßenversion 
Brand Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz
Price 85,990 1,547,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2003-2009 1998
Highest auction price $31k, January 2013 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR, $1.10M, August 2012

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 13.29 lb/hp 5.57 lb/hp
Maximum hp 306 HP @ 5,600 RPM 612 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Maximum torque 339 ft-lb @ 1,500 RPM 571 ft-lb @ 5,250 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 4,966 cc 6,898 cc
Cylinders V8 V12
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 10:1 10.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.82 in / 3.31 in 3.5 in / 3.64 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 3 4

road tests

SL 500  vs
CLK GTR Straßenversion 
Top speed 155 mph 191 mph
1/4 mile 15 s 9.4 s
0-60mph 6.2 s 3.4 s
0-100mph 15.2 s 5.7 s
Drag coefficient 0.29 25

transmission

Drivetrain Front Engine / RWD Mid Engine / RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 5 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.6:1
2: 2.19:1
3: 1.41:1
4: 1:1
5: 0.83:1
6: 1.18:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc
Front wheels 432/? 216 457/? 559
Rear wheels 432/? 216 457/? 660

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,068 lb 3,406 lb
Width 71.5 in 76.8 in
Height 51.1 in 45.8 in
Length 178.5 in 191.1 in
Front track width 61.4 in 63 in
Wheelbase 100.8 in 105.1 in
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