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2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 2012 Lexus LFA
 
SL550
  • SL550
  • SL63
  • SL65
2dr Cpe
  • 2dr Cpe

Prices

MSRP $105,500 $375,000  
Invoice $98,115 $337,500
Avg. Paid N/A N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.0 7.6  
Critics' Rating 8.2 7.1
Performance 8.0 8.2
Interior 8.1 7.6
Safety N/A N/A
Reliability 3.5 4.5

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Comfortable, yet sporty ride
  • Powerful twin-turbo V8
  • Luxurious interior fit and finish
  • Powerful engine
  • Nimble handling
  • Highly-customizable, opulent interior
 
Cons
  • Vague steering feel
  • High price
  • Minimal cargo space
  • Unrefined automated manual transmission

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic  
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Turbocharged Gas V8 4.6L/285 Gas V10 4.8L/293
MPG 17 City / 25 Hwy 11 City / 16 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Convertible Coupe  

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 101.8 102.6  
Length, Overall (in) 181.8 177.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.9 74.6
Height, Overall (in) 51.8 48.0

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard  
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

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

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4001 3483  

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard  
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard Standard
Chrome Wheels Standard Standard
Steel Wheels Optional Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard  
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard
Back-Up Camera Optional
Cruise Control Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
HID headlights Standard
Keyless Start Optional
Rear Parking Aid Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Optional
Remote Trunk Release Optional
Universal Garage Door Opener Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Power Folding Mirrors Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 2 2  
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 50.5 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in) 39.1 - TBD -
Front Leg Room (in) 42.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.5 - TBD -
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.5/8.5 - TBD -

Entertainment

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

Heating & Cooling

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

Navigation & Communication

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

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Optional  
Leather Seats Standard Optional
Premium Synthetic Seats Standard Optional
Vinyl Seats Standard Optional
Cooled Driver Seat Optional
Heated Driver Seat Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Passenger Lumbar Standard
Seat Memory Standard
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Fixed Bench Seat Standard
Split Bench Seat Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

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

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard  
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard Standard

Safety Features

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

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Rear Wheel Drive Standard Standard  
10 Cylinder Engine Standard
8 Cylinder Engine Standard
Turbocharged Standard
Engine Type Turbocharged Gas V8 Gas V10
Displacement 4.6L/285 4.8L/293
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 429 @ 5250 552 @ 8700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 516 @ 1800 - 3500 354 @ 6800
Transmission Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic w/manual shift
Turning diameter 36.2 19.69

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard  
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 11
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 16
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.8 19.3

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Multi-Link Double Wishbone  
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs

Transmission

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