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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2012 Audi R8 2012 Nissan GT-R
     
SL550
  • SL550
  • SL63
  • SL65
2dr Cpe Auto quattro 5.2L
  • 2dr Cpe Man quattro 4.2L
  • 2dr Cpe Auto quattro 4.2L
  • 2dr Conv Man quattro Spyder 4.2L
  • 2dr Conv Auto quattro Spyder 4.2L
  • 2dr Cpe Man quattro 5.2L
  • 2dr Cpe Auto quattro 5.2L
  • 2dr Conv Man quattro Spyder 5.2L
  • 2dr Conv Auto quattro Spyder 5.2L
  • 2dr Cpe Auto quattro 5.2L GT
2dr Cpe Premium
  • 2dr Cpe Premium
  • 2dr Cpe Black Edition

Prices

MSRP $105,500 $158,100 $89,950
Invoice $98,115 $147,033 $84,648
Avg. Paid N/A $110,752 $72,303

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 7.7 7.8
Critics' Rating 8.2 9.0 9.1
Performance 8.0 8.9 9.1
Interior 8.1 8.4 7.9
Safety N/A N/A N/A
Reliability 3.5 3.0 3.0
Operating Cost N/A 5.5 6.1

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comfortable, yet sporty ride
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8
  • Luxurious interior fit and finish
  • Powerful engine choices
  • Sharp handling and braking
  • Comfortable, luxurious interior
  • Powerful twin-turbo V6
  • Athletic handling
  • Lots of high-tech interior features
Cons
  • Vague steering feel
  • Firm ride quality
  • Unrefined automated manual transmission
  • Confusing tech features
  • Harsh ride

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas V8 4.6L/285 Gas V10 5.2L/318 Gas V6 3.8L/232
MPG 17 City / 25 Hwy 13 City / 19 Hwy 16 City / 23 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Convertible Coupe 2 Door Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.8 104.3 109.4
Length, Overall (in) 181.8 174.4 183.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.9 76.0 74.6
Height, Overall (in) 51.8 49.3 53.9

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Convertible Hardtop Standard
Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Panoramic Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4001 3814 3829

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional Standard Optional
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard
HID headlights Standard Standard
Keyless Start Optional Standard
Rear Parking Aid Optional Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Optional Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard Standard Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard Standard Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 2 2 4
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 50.5 - TBD - 79.0
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 37.7 38.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.9 - TBD - 44.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.5 54.8 54.3
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD - 54.7
Second Head Room (in) 33.5
Second Leg Room (in) 26.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 50.0
Second Hip Room (in) 44.9
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.5/8.5 3.5 8.8

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Standard
CD Player Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Standard Standard Standard
Hard Disk Drive Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Standard Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Standard Standard Standard
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Standard Standard

Seats

Leather Seats Standard Standard Standard
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard Standard
Seat Memory Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard
Quad Bucket Seats Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Rollover Protection System Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard
Blind Spot Monitor Optional
Lane Departure Warning Optional

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

All Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
10 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas V8 Gas V10 Gas V6
Displacement 4.6L/285 5.2L/318 3.8L/232
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 429 @ 5250 525 @ 8000 530 @ 6400
Torque (Net @ RPM) 516 @ 1800 - 3500 391 @ 6500 448 @ 3200-6000
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 36.2 38.7 - TBD -

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 13 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 19 23
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.8 23.8 19.5

Suspension

Active Suspension System Standard Standard
Suspension Type - Front Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Double-Wishbone Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer Bar

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard
7-Speed Automatic Standard