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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG (02-11) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Stylishly understated, storming performance, wonderful engines, metal folding roof

CONS

Incredibly expensive to buy and run, extortionate servicing costs

At a glance

New price £97,265 - £255,464
Used price £5,080 - £26,705
Used monthly cost £125 - £659
Fuel economy 18 - 20 mpg
Road tax cost £325 - £570
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Stylishly understated, storming performance, wonderful engines, metal folding roof

CONS

Incredibly expensive to buy and run, extortionate servicing costs

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG rivals

The AMG versions of the SL - or at least the ones with V8 power - don't seem to offer a great deal more on paper than the top versions in the standard range. The SL55 AMG and later SL63 AMG are on a par for power with the SL600 and offer considerably less pulling power. But the performance figures are only part of the attraction. Aggressive styling, a purposeful engine note and more responsive behaviour make it feel every inch the luxury sportscar.

The V12 SL65 AMG feels as fast as a missile, but has more of an emphasis on luxury than the V8 AMGs - as it should do for £150,000-plus.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG rivals

Other Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (2002 - 2011) models: