2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class  -  $97,475


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $97,475
Base Invoice: $90,804
Destination Charge: $875
Options: $1,300
Trim: 2dr Roadster 5.5L V8
Doors: 2
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 14 | Hwy: 21
Body Style: SL550
Transmission: 7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift
Engine: 5.5L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine

Model Highlights

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL is offered in four variants: the V8-powered SL550 and V12-powered SL600, and the SL55 AMG and SL65 AMG, both high-performance-tuned, exclusive versions of the SL550 and SL600 respectively.

The high-performance SL550 luxury roadster gets the same large, high-power V8 that's also offered in the big S-Class sedan. This engine churns out 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, and comes hooked to a seven-speed automatic transmission that helps out with the 0-60 times as well as more mundane real-world passing.

The smooth, twin-turbo V12 in the SL600 makes 510 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. Both AMG versions feature engines hand-built by the Mercedes-Benz tuner house of the same name. In the SL55 AMG the V8 has been cranked up to 510 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque, while in the SL65 AMG the twin-turbo V12 produces a mammoth 604 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque and can bring the SL to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds. Each of the AMG cars, along with the SL600, have a five-speed automatic.

All SL-Class models have very large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and brake assist. Other standard safety equipment includes ESP stability control and Active Body Control, a hydraulic active suspension system that helps keep the SL flat during severe cornering and braking and also helps improve ride during normal driving.

The SL-Class' retractable hardtop opens or closes with a single button in 16 seconds thanks to a sophisticated hydraulic system. With the top up, the trunk measures 10.2 cubic feet, but the capacity diminishes to 7.2 cubic feet with the top down--still enough for a couple of lightly packed golf bags or a carry-on suitcase.

The SL550 comes with a full roster of top luxury features, including memory heated sport seats, a DVD-based COMAND navigation and audio system, Bose digital surround sound audio system with six-disc changer and Sirius satellite radio, and an automatic pop-up roll bar system, while the SL600 adds the Keyless Go entry and start system, a Nappa leather interior, electronic trunk closer, a heated steering wheel, and wood and leather trim. In addition to various trim and appearance changes, and larger brakes, both the SL55 AMG and SL65 AMG add sport seats with the Dynamic Multicontour feature, which helps adjust to keep occupants in place during cornering.

Options on the SL550 include active ventilated seats, adaptive cruise control, and a panorama roof. A $5,460 package brings some of the features of the SL55 AMG--though not the engine--to the SL550, including AMG wheels with high-speed tires, compound brakes, and an AMG-designed steering wheel with black shift paddles.


Model News

For 2008, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class line is mostly unchanged. The SL550 gets new standard 18-inch wheels with a revised design. Newly available on the 2008 SL550 are Nappa leather seats. Base prices increase modestly across the line, from the SL550 at $95,300 to the SL65 AMG at $187,200.


Value Writeup

The two-seat 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class roadster rides the line between high-performance and ultra-luxury. The V12 SL600 is especially exclusive and the SL55 and SL65 AMG versions really bring out the potential in these cars. The top SL65 AMG model is nearly twice the price of the SL550, but offers performance that can beat some exotic nameplates. Any of the models can be equipped with some extraordinary high-tech features--such as Dynamic Multicontour seats--that aren't available in many vehicles at any price.


Pros

High performance luxury; high-tech comfort and safety features.


Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
21 MPG

Cruising Range - City
295.40 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
14 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
443.10 mi

Engine Type
Gas V8

Displacement
5.5L/333

Fuel System
SMPI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
382 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
391 @ 2800-4800

Trans Type
7

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65

EPA Classification
2 Seater

Passenger Capacity
2

Passenger Volume
57.8 ft³

Front Head Room
37.7 in

Front Leg Room
42.9 in

Front Shoulder Room
54.0 in

Wheelbase
100.8 in

Length, Overall
178.5 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
80.0 in

Height, Overall
51.0 in

Track Width, Front
61.4 in

Track Width, Rear
60.5 in

Trunk Volume
10.2 (7.2 w/top down) ft³

Base Curb Weight
4220 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent

Suspension Type - Rear
Independent

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
4-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link

Front Tire Size
P255/40R18

Rear Tire Size
P285/35R18

Spare Tire Size
Compact

Front Wheel Size
18 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 9.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Pwr Rack-&-pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
36.2 ft

Brake Type
Power

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.0 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
21.1 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
4

Drivetrain Miles/km
50,000

Corrosion Years
4

Corrosion Miles/km
50,000

Roadside Assistance Years
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
Unlimited

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
08V303000

Mfg's Report Date
JUL 03, 2008

Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected
404

Summary
MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING MY 2006-2008 M-CLASS, R-CLASS, MY 2005-2009 SLK-CLASS, MY 2005-2008 C-CLASS, MY 2003-2004 AND 2006-2008 CLK-CLASS, MY 2003-2008 E-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2008 CL-CLASS, MY 2008 CLS-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2007-2008 S-CLASS, MY 2003 G-CLASS, AND MY 2003-2004, 2006 AND 2009 SL-CLASS VEHICLES. A SOFTWARE CALIBRATION NUMBER (SCN) CODING RECEIVED ON THE AFFECTED VEHICLES DURING A RECENT WORKSHOP VISIT WAS INCORRECT. DEPENDING ON THE MODEL YEAR AND MODEL AFFECTED, THE RESULTS OF AN INCORRECT SCN CODING CAN AFFECT A NUMBER OF VEHICLE SAFETY AND EMISSION FUNCTIONS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF FUNCTIONS: (1) THE FUEL GAUGE READINGS MAY BE INCORRECT; (2) A STUCK FUEL-LEVEL SENSOR MAY NOT BE DISPLAYED IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER; (3) THE OBD SYSTEM MAY CAUSE THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE INCORRECTLY; AND, (4) THE SPEEDOMETER MAY BE OUT OF TOLERANCE.

Consequence
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE ELECTRICAL FUEL PUMP MAY NOT RECEIVE A CRASH SIGNAL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE FUEL PUMP TO DISCONNECT AND PREVENT FUTURE FUEL DELIVERY AS DESIGNED.

DEALERS WILL RECODE THE SCN FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.

MERCEDES-BENZ RECALL NO. 2008 070001. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

5.5L DOHC 32-valve V8 engine

7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Rear wheel drive

Independent 4-link front suspension

Independent multi-link rear suspension

Active Body Control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/gas-pressurized shock absorber at each wheel, automatic all-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering

P255/40R18 front high performance tires

P285/35R18 rear high performance tires

Compact spare tire

18" x 8.5" front 5-dual-spoke aluminum wheels

18" x 9.5" rear 5-dual-spoke aluminum wheels

Vehicle-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr 4-piston perforated & internally vented front & 1-piston solid rear disc brakes

Electro-hydraulic braking system w/automatic brake drying & predictive brake priming

Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Electro-hydraulic retractable aluminum hardtop w/easy-pack system

Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, automatic level control, heated headlamp washers, selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamps

Halogen front foglamps

Single rear red foglamp

Dual-intensity LED brakelamps & taillamps

Programmable daytime running lamps

Pwr heated mirrors w/memory, auto-dimming driver mirror

Rain-sensing wipers w/heated washer nozzles

12-way pwr front seats-inc: 3-position memory, pneumatic lumbar support, easy- access courtesy feature, automatic height-adjusting front head restraints

Heated front seats

Premium leather upholstery

Aluminum door sills

Leather-trimmed pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: memory, audio & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit feature

Electronic analog tachometer & gauges for fuel level & coolant temp

COMAND cockpit management & data system

Dual multi-function displays in speedometer & tachometer faces-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, oil level check, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, cruise control, touch shift gear & shift mode selection, audio status, navigation route guidance

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders, brake-pad wear

Tire pressure monitoring system

Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down front & 1-touch express down rear windows

SmartKey system-inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking

SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, windows open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock all, hard top raise/lower doors or drivers

Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification

DVD navigation system

Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener

Hands-free communication system

Cruise control

AM/FM stereo w/rear cabin mounted 6-disc CD changer

Bose Cabin Surround multi-channel digital surround sound system

Sirius satellite radio w/6-month subscription

Automatic dual-zone climate control-inc: electrostatic dust, pollen & active charcoal filters, smog, sun, humidity & dew point sensors, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows, REST mode w/engine heat recirculation feature or cabin ventilation, seat belt usage sensors

Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff based on time & driving speed & exterior temp

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Night security illumination

Locator lighting

Leather-trimmed shift knob

Attachable fine-mesh wind deflector

Removable trunk separator

Shelf behind seats w/retractable luggage straps, locking dual enclosed storage compartments beneath luggage shelf

City 14/hwy 21 (5.5L engine/7-speed auto trans)

Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/brake assist system

Driver & front passenger dual-stage airbags w/occupant classification system, adaptive for passenger

Door-mounted side-impact head & thorax airbags

Drivers knee airbag

3-point seat belts-inc: emergency tensioning device, belt force limiter, shoulder belt automatic height-adjusters

Illuminated emergency interior trunk release

Pop-up roll bar

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Programmable daytime running lamps

 
GAS GUZZLER TAX
$1,300

 
PREMIUM LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
$0

 
PREMIUM LEATHER SEATS
$0

 
LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
BURL WALNUT WOOD TRIM
$0

 
BLACK ASH TRIM
$0

 
CHESTNUT TRIM
$0

 
DESIGNO NATURAL MAPLE WOOD TRIM
$0

 
ESPRESSO DESIGNO
$8,825

 
MYSTIC WHITE DESIGNO
$8,825

 
GRAPHITE DESIGNO
$8,825

 
P1 PKG
$3,170

 
AMG SPORT PKG
$5,460

 
TRIM PKG
$1,490

 
DISTRONIC ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL
$2,200

 
PARKTRONIC PARKING ASSISTANT
$1,130

 
PANORAMA ROOF W/SUNSHADE
$1,930

 
RUN-FLAT TIRES
$220

 
VOICE CONTROL
$510

 
PWR TRUNK CLOSER
$520

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