2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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BY RAYADMIN, JULY 27, 2015
$95,300-$187,200
12 /CITY / 18 /HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What Changed for 2008:

  • New 18-inch, 5-twin-spoke wheels for the SL500

  • Premium Nappa leather available with SL550 trim package
Overview
The SL-Class is Mercedes-Benz' premium 2-seater and features a retractable hardtop. The car is the direct descendent of the 300SL \"Gullwing\" coupe, the famed Mercedes' racing cars from the mid-1950s. A convertible or roadster version of the original SL was introduced in 1957 and the SL was significantly updated for the 2007 model year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first 300SL roadster. The car has undergone only very minor updating for the 2008 model year.

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty that includes a 24-hour roadside assistance program.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in four models: SL550, SL55 AMG, SL600 and SL65 AMG. The AMG versions are hand-built by Mercedes' in-house high-performance department.

The SL550 comes with premium leather interior; hand-polished wood trim; 12-way power adjustable and heated seats with pneumatic lumbar support and memory; leather-trimmed and multi-function steering wheel; power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column; DVD-based navigation and audio system with 8 speakers; Bose AudioPilot digital surround sound; in-dash CD player and separate 6-disc changer; Sirius satellite radio; hands-free telephone interface; dual-zone automatic climate controls; cruise control; auto-dimming mirrors; integrated garage door opener; and SmartKey with remote roof control.

The SL600 adds Nappa leather, heated and ventilated seats, wood and leather steering wheel and keyless entry and starting. The SL55 AMG and SL65 AMG add carbon fiber trim and AMG sport seats and steering wheel.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL550 carries a 5.5-liter V-8 engine tuned to provide 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission that sends its power to the rear wheels. The car rides on an automatically adjusting suspension system that Mercedes calls Active Body Control (ABC), with 18-inch wheels.

The SL600 has a 5.5-liter V-12 engine that provides 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. This model is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, ABC, and 18-inch wheels, but has larger brakes.

The SL55 AMG gets the same 510 hp out of the 5.5-liter V-8 engine as it did for 2007, with 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Again, the 5-speed transmission is used, but with a manual mode and AMG's SpeedShift technology. The car also gets AMG-enhanced ABC suspension, AMG high-performance brakes, 19-inch AMG wheels, plus AMG sport exhaust and aerodynamic bodywork. The SL65 AMG has similar AMG transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels, exhaust and bodywork, but this time tuned the 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine to 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque.

Safety
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class comes with Tele Aid emergency calling and communications, front and side air bags, and special knee-protecting air bags. It also is equipped with Xenon automatic headlamps with high-pressure washers, automatic roll bars and tire-pressure-monitoring technology. Further, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is a technology designed to prevent skidding or spinning, and the car also features Mercedes' electrohydraulic braking system with anti-lock brakes and brake assist. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL.

Technology
Mercedes' Active Body control (ABC) technology is engineered with the purpose of virtually eliminating body pitch and roll during cornering, acceleration and braking. Mercedes says that with ABC, a car is capable of leaning into a turn, much like a motorcycle or airplane. ABC employs hydraulic, electronic and mechanical components to \"significantly\" reduce body roll. Should an SL driver desire, there's an ABC Sport button that can be depressed to make cornering even flatter and thus more sporty, the automaker says. The system uses 13 sensors to monitor body movement and vehicle level so that the ABC control computer receives data every 10 milliseconds.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New 18-inch, 5-twin-spoke wheels for the SL500

  • Premium Nappa leather available with SL550 trim package
Overview
The SL-Class is Mercedes-Benz' premium 2-seater and features a retractable hardtop. The car is the direct descendent of the 300SL \"Gullwing\" coupe, the famed Mercedes' racing cars from the mid-1950s. A convertible or roadster version of the original SL was introduced in 1957 and the SL was significantly updated for the 2007 model year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first 300SL roadster. The car has undergone only very minor updating for the 2008 model year.

The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty that includes a 24-hour roadside assistance program.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is available in four models: SL550, SL55 AMG, SL600 and SL65 AMG. The AMG versions are hand-built by Mercedes' in-house high-performance department.

The SL550 comes with premium leather interior; hand-polished wood trim; 12-way power adjustable and heated seats with pneumatic lumbar support and memory; leather-trimmed and multi-function steering wheel; power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column; DVD-based navigation and audio system with 8 speakers; Bose AudioPilot digital surround sound; in-dash CD player and separate 6-disc changer; Sirius satellite radio; hands-free telephone interface; dual-zone automatic climate controls; cruise control; auto-dimming mirrors; integrated garage door opener; and SmartKey with remote roof control.

The SL600 adds Nappa leather, heated and ventilated seats, wood and leather steering wheel and keyless entry and starting. The SL55 AMG and SL65 AMG add carbon fiber trim and AMG sport seats and steering wheel.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL550 carries a 5.5-liter V-8 engine tuned to provide 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is linked to a 7-speed automatic transmission that sends its power to the rear wheels. The car rides on an automatically adjusting suspension system that Mercedes calls Active Body Control (ABC), with 18-inch wheels.

The SL600 has a 5.5-liter V-12 engine that provides 510 hp and 612 lb.-ft. of torque. This model is equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission, ABC, and 18-inch wheels, but has larger brakes.

The SL55 AMG gets the same 510 hp out of the 5.5-liter V-8 engine as it did for 2007, with 531 lb.-ft. of torque. Again, the 5-speed transmission is used, but with a manual mode and AMG's SpeedShift technology. The car also gets AMG-enhanced ABC suspension, AMG high-performance brakes, 19-inch AMG wheels, plus AMG sport exhaust and aerodynamic bodywork. The SL65 AMG has similar AMG transmission, suspension, brakes, wheels, exhaust and bodywork, but this time tuned the 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine to 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque.

Safety
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class comes with Tele Aid emergency calling and communications, front and side air bags, and special knee-protecting air bags. It also is equipped with Xenon automatic headlamps with high-pressure washers, automatic roll bars and tire-pressure-monitoring technology. Further, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is a technology designed to prevent skidding or spinning, and the car also features Mercedes' electrohydraulic braking system with anti-lock brakes and brake assist. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL.

Technology
Mercedes' Active Body control (ABC) technology is engineered with the purpose of virtually eliminating body pitch and roll during cornering, acceleration and braking. Mercedes says that with ABC, a car is capable of leaning into a turn, much like a motorcycle or airplane. ABC employs hydraulic, electronic and mechanical components to \"significantly\" reduce body roll. Should an SL driver desire, there's an ABC Sport button that can be depressed to make cornering even flatter and thus more sporty, the automaker says. The system uses 13 sensors to monitor body movement and vehicle level so that the ABC control computer receives data every 10 milliseconds.
Available Trims for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name V8 (2dr Roadster 5.5L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 95300.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 14/21
Name AMG (2dr Roadster 5.5L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 129300.00 Engine 5.5L/332 City/Hwy MPG 12/17
Name V12 (2dr Roadster 5.5L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 133200.00 Engine 5.5L/336 City/Hwy MPG 11/18
Name AMG (2dr Roadster 6.0L) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 187200.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 11/18

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INTERIOR
  • 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
  • 12-way pwr front AMG sport seats-inc: 3-position memory, pneumatic lumbar support, easy-access courtesy feature, automatic height-adjusting front head restraints
  • AMG premium leather seats
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Aluminum door sills w/AMG insignia
  • AMG leather-trimmed pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel-inc: aluminum shift paddles, memory, audio & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit feature
  • AMG instrument cluster w/AMG race timer & gear position displays
  • Alcantara-covered ceiling & sunvisors
  • Dynamic multi-contour front seats w/pneumatically adjustable side, shoulder, & triple lumbar supports, massage feature
  • Active ventilated seats w/heat feature
  • Exclusive leather seats
  • Wood & leather pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: memory, audio & multi-functional display controls, programmable easy-exit feature
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, windows open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, hard top raise/lower, active ventilated seats on
  • Keyless Go
  • Wood & leather shift knob
  • Pwr trunk closer
  • AMG exclusive leather seats
  • AMG leather-trimmed pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel-inc: aluminum shift paddles, raised thumb grips, memory, audio & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit feature
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down front windows
EXTERIOR
  • 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
  • AMG front-inc: air dam w/mesh air intakes, side skirts, rear apron w/mesh air diffuser
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, automatic level control, heated headlamp washers, selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamps
  • Halogen corner-illuminating front foglamps
  • AMG front-inc: air dam w/mesh air intakes & side extractors, side skirts, rear apron w/mesh air diffuser
MECHANICAL
  • 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
  • AMG 5.5L SOHC supercharged 24-valve V8 engine
  • 5-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ AMG SpeedShift, Touch Shift
  • AMG modified 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
  • P255/35R19 front high performance tires
  • P285/30R19 rear high performance tires
  • 19" x 8.5" front AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheel
  • 19" x 9.5" rear AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheel
  • Pwr AMG 6-piston front & 4-piston rear perforated & internally vented disc brakes
  • Quad polished chrome exhaust tips
  • 5.5L SOHC bi-turbocharged 36-valve V12 engine
  • 5-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift
  • 18" x 8.5" front 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 18" x 9.5" rear 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Pwr 6-piston perforated & internally vented front & 4-piston internally vented rear disc brakes
  • AMG 6.0L SOHC bi-turbocharged 36-valve V12 engine
  • 19" x 8.5" front AMG multi-piece dual-spoke aluminum wheel
  • 19" x 9.5" rear AMG multi-piece dual-spoke aluminum wheel
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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
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