Mercedes-Benz SL 500 

  • $86k built in Germany
  • 2003-2009
  • 306 HP 5.0L
  • 155 mph
But just as it combines the qualities of a coupe and convertible, the new SL is both a luxury cruiser and a fast, accomplished driving machine.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2002)
This new car is so laden with fascinating technology that we almost forgot about its engine and performance.
by Car and Driver (Jan, 2002)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Mercedes-Benz SL 500


Mercedes-Benz SL 500
6.2 s
Corvette Z06
3.6 s

Top speed

Mercedes-Benz SL 500
155 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph


Mercedes-Benz SL 500
15.2 s
Corvette Z06
8.3 s
Jaguar XKR
11 s

1/4 mile

Mercedes-Benz SL 500
15 s
Jaguar XKR
11 s

Data points Key details of the Mercedes-Benz SL 500


Mercedes-Benz SL 500
Boxster S
928 S4


Mercedes-Benz SL 500
306 HP
Corvette Z06
500 HP

In The News From around the web


Mercedes-Benz SL 500
As such, the roadster merits best marks in its segment in four important disciplines: With the lowest drag coefficient (cd = 0.27 in the SL 350); With the lowest wind noise that is virtually on a par with a closed saloon; With the best comfort for open-top motoring so that you can still have the roof down even at high speed; With virtually no accumulation of dirt on the side windows.
It also reduces the amount of steering required when parking and manoeuvring.

Mercedes-Benz SL 500
The vario-roof transforms the sports car into an adventure car without compromise, combining the driving pleasure of an open-top roadster with the comfort of a Mercedes coupÃ.
Among the foremost performance characteristics of SBC are the extremely fast build-up of pressure and the precise observance of driver and vehicle behaviour by a complex sensory system.

Mercedes-Benz SL 500
In 1994 Mercedes-Benz gave a facelift to the entire SL range including the SL500.

Mercedes-Benz SL 500
In 1993 Mercedes-Benz launched the SL 600 as their flagship model.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Mercedes-Benz
Price $85,990
Type of car Production car
Year 2003-2009
Highest auction price $31k, January 2013

power & handling

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


Displacement 4,966 cc
Cylinders V8
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 10:1
Bore/stroke 3.82 in / 3.31 in
Valvetrain Single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Valves per cylinder 3 valves

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
1/4 mile 15 s
0-60mph 6.2 s
0-100mph 15.2 s
Drag coefficient 0.29


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

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
Front wheels 432/? 216
Rear wheels 432/? 216

physical dimensions

Curb weight 4,068 lb
Width 71.5 in
Height 51.1 in
Length 178.5 in
Front track width 61.4 in
Wheelbase 100.8 in
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