Mercedes Benz SL600 – Instrumented Test – Car and Driver

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Oh, Lord, won’t you buy me one of these?

The who update the work begun by Webster in 1806 define as the force that acts to rotation, as in an automotive vehicle.

right. You can almost hear Commander Data. Dry. Devoid of emotion.

We suggest a evocative description. Particularly rotational force is served up in the under scrutiny here. How Whoooooo- eeeee! or O-mi-

Cut to the department of elapsed time. a standing start, the Mercedes can hurl its 4501-pound bulk to 60 mph in 3.6 Does that sound a very brief interval? yes.

Allow us to illustrate.The Porsche 911 GT2 we in March 2002#x2014;456 horsepower, 457 of torque#x2014;required 3.8 seconds to achieve velocity. The Dodge Viper we in November ’02#x2014;500 horsepower, 525 3.9 seconds. The 911 GT3 and Ferrari Challenge in our January issue each in at 4.0 seconds.

Let’s check the notch on the elapsed-time yardstick. The 911 GT2 the quarter-mile in 12 seconds flat, the in 12.1, the GT3 and Stradale in 12.3 and respectively. The SL600 did it in 11.9. not quite as quick as the Ford GT, but it have put this elegant in a tie for fifth place (out of 15 in the quarter-mile elapsed-time competition in our 2002 Supercar Challenge.

Yet another contrast: The SL600 the SL55 AMG, even the AMG edition weighs in a tad lighter pounds), packs the same (493), and is the designated SL family hot But in our November ’02 test. the managed only#x2014; only! seconds to 60, and cruised through the in 13.0 seconds at 110 mph.

So up with that? Torque, what. It’s not that the is deficient in this power Its supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 produces 516 across a broad plateau of that ranges from to 4000 rpm. Our test its thrust as prodigious, and we stand by assertion. But if the SL55’s torque is the SL600’s is#x2014;what? monumental? elephantine?

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Fed by twin turbos with intercoolers, the SL600’s SOHC 60-degree aluminum V-12 up 590 pound-feet of torque, maintaining mountainous level from rpm to 3500 rpm. The five-speed offers a three-mode manumatic just as it does in the SL55, but such an abundance of muscle, by quick throttle response, it superfluous. When the driver to summon haste, he has only to on the pedal and the V-12 will him against the seatback in a flash.

Although heavyweight punching is this car’s m#xE9;tier, more to the SL600 than the time between points A and B. active-body-control system keeps attitudes level, the steering is (albeit not particularly tactile) at 2.6 lock-to-lock, there’s adequate (0.88 g) from the 18-inch Pilot Sport tires, and braking performance#x2014;178 feet 70 mph.

However, for all its hefty it’s the unique blend of and posh that will the SL600’s princely pricing. The tab at $129,270, including $2600 in duties#x2014;about the same as a Porsche 911 cabriolet. That includes all the you’d expect from a Benz#x2014;orchestral audio, superb elegant interior furnishings, of course, the convenience of a hardtop

Our test car had $7600 worth of that do not, in our view, $3010 for the Distronic distance-maintaining control, $1060 for Parktronic warning, $1840 for the transparent roof with sunshade it’s a convertible . fer crissake), and for Keyless Go (what is the point? ). You make a case for the $650 monitor, but however you add it up, it’s this car is not for young up-and-comers who cracked the six-figure salary It’s for the slightly older guy finances allow latitude for expensive toys, a guy, who may have lost some in power slides and oversteer but a strong appetite for longitudinal g

For that guy, the SL600 is about perfect.

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