SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

Discussion in '2003 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG' started by hiren, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    IMO the Turbo wins out.
    I took a vote among my friends, and maybe we are just dumb kids, but when I asked what each person thought of When I said Mercedes. The concensoius was "you dad's everyday driver", cool for cruising but not a racer. On the other hand, when Porsche was mention people thought or kicking ass and taking names.
    As for the Lux issue, I've sat in a Cl 55 AMG and in the 2001 911 Turbo. Both had leather, both had cool audio, and Both had obvious notes of quality craftsmanship. It may be that the Merc is know for Lux, but the porsche was not dirty dog when it came to creature features.
    I also believe that someone mentioned the fairer sex, well before they see the car you have to get them to it. If you say "Oh, mine's the Porsche." She's going to know what the car looks like. If you say," Oh, mine's the Merc (Mercedes)." Your talking about anything from a C class to the Sl 55 AMG. So, the name is important.

    Well that is my little shpeel. In either event I would love to drive them both.

    Buko<!-- Signature -->
     
  2. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    Had another thought.

    Two questions:

    1) Which would you rather take you lady in?
    2) Which would you rather race with if it was for Pink slips?



    Buko<!-- Signature -->
     
  3. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    can't say that i've ever been in either car, but i have been in the carrera, and it's NICE!!!
    i thought it was pretty luxurious.
    it could just be because it's the only true sportscar i've been in but i don't think i could love anything like that carrera (other than the turbo or GT2 of course). It's just because their power is not so obvious. Some people have no idea how great porsche's are. I didn't even know until i rode in one (take your kids to work day, went with my friend and his dad. He's a porsche mechanic) Anyways, nice tone, very tight feeling car. What I mean is it's not a bit wishy washy. Pretty darn fast, and very good brakes. And that's only the carrera. With the Turbo you get way more power, all wheel drive, a cool two piece pop-up spoiler, and you can opt for the even better ceramic brakes. I think the reason i like the Turbo soooo much is just because it's so well rounded. Smallish shape, great aerodynamics, light wieght, supoib handling, very powerful engine, back seat. (Although Mr. Peck says otherwise, and OWNS a Ruf) I think that the Turbo IS a daily driver, just because it's not sooooo eye catching to someone who doesn't know cars. Anyone can tell what a Ferrari is, but maybe not a Porsche. You can't really trust my opinion though, just because it's naturally going to be biased towards the Turbo since it's my fave. But listen to everyone else!!!<!-- Signature -->
     
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    I am a big benz fan so I am partial to the SL, but it comes down to what you want, they are both fun, the porche has its gear box, but the SL has all those gadgets like the retractable hardtop. If you wanted to make heads turn as you drive by pick the benz.
     
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    I don't know why but i Love BENZ but if you want a real Sports Car get a Lingenfelter Stage 2 Vette THEY ARE AMAZING

    Corvette, The Only Sports Car That Matters
     
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    Trust me boddy, get the SL55 and u'll pray for me. try to get a tist drive, u'll never think about something else.
    if u can pay more why don't u get the Mercedes SLR ???
    think about it, the SLR is something amazing, there is no word to discribe but amazing

    i wanna a SLR :'(<!-- Signature -->
     
  7. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    arent u forgetting that the SL55 is not out for anther year or so and when it does eventully come out it will have a waiting list longer than my arm! besides the porsche has the repore of sucess and riches so ill go with the porsche just to keep the boy inside of me happy, or buy the GT2!
     
  8. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    Mine's scheduled to arrive by the end of Sept. 2002 and I obviously can't wait. I ordered mine very early too. If you ordered now, your wait will be 'til about Christmas time 2003! If you choose the Benz, good luck getting on the waiting list... be patient. MB will get you on eventually. I was actually pestering my dealer about ordering one, before they officially unvieled it. It's a hot one to get.<!-- Signature -->
     
  9. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    Well, you'll need about 10 hours to buy a Porsche once you're done choosing from their 10,000 options. The SL55 is tight, but those wheels are butt-ugly.

    It looks like you're screwed either way. *LOL* To minimum the damage to your psyche, I'd go with the SL55. If you want a real sports car, get a 360 Modena.

    And for those idiots who said Ferraris aren't reliable, they simply haven't own one recently. The 355's and 360's are some of the most reliable cars out there.
     
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    <!-- QUOTE --><center><hr width="90%"></center><blockquote><i>Quote from luting</i>
    <b>I'm getting a new car, but i don't know which to choose from...
    Should I get the SL55? or the Turbo?
    it's really frustrating me...since the level of performance are about the same, and so as their prices...SL provides more comfort, where on the other hand, Turbo has all the fun a driver may request...and the sound...

    Help~~~~~~~</b></blockquote><center><hr width="90%"></center><!-- END QUOTE -->

    you said the same thing in the porsche turbo
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    <!-- QUOTE --><center><hr width="90%"></center><blockquote><i>Quote from V12</i>
    <b>Well I would probably take the SL55 AMG. That's one of the most beautiful cars I've seen in a while. It's luxury, speed, comfort and style in one packet. QUOTE -->

    SPEED???? it only goes 155mph!!!<!-- Signature -->
     
  12. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    Little update, I had a chance to sit in a 911 Turbo sense my last post and I can say that it is not lacking in the way of driver comodities. The leather is great and the feel of the wheel is comfortable. I like the way they work the head unit and it's easy to work the disc changer. The one I was in even had an automatic sun roof, but it was a solid color and not tinted glass (bumber). Unfortunately the guy that owed the car was not willing to allow a 17 year old take it for a drive, even with my dad there too (another bumber). So in either case the level of comfort is excellent, though I would rank a Merc above a Porsche 9 times out of ten in the way of creature features.

    So until 2003 when the car comes out and people can actualy get in them I'll never know.


    Buko out<!-- Signature -->
     
  13. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    sl55 amg is luxury
    turbo is a drivers car
     
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    <!-- QUOTE --><center><hr width="90%"></center><blockquote><i>Quote from viperownerwannabe</i>
    <b><!-- QUOTE --><center><hr width="90%"></center><blockquote><i>Quote from V12</i>
    <b>Well I would probably take the SL55 AMG. That's one of the most beautiful cars I've seen in a while. It's luxury, speed, comfort and style in one packet. QUOTE -->

    SPEED???? it only goes 155mph!!!</b></blockquote><center><hr width="90%"></center><!-- END QUOTE -->It has an electric limiter and that's why the top speed is limited to 250 km/h. Mercedes is offering a version that is limited to 300 km/h. If you take the limiter away totally, the car goes 325 km/h.

    Oh, and one more reason to take the SL55. It accelerates faster from 0-300 km/h than a Murciélago or GT2, so it would leave the Turbo in the dust.<!-- Signature -->
     
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    Yup, that's true V12... Or if the 476HP just isn't enough, you can't contact Brabus.... they should be able to give you about 250hp without changing the turbochargers, but it'll cost you...
     
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    why not get the SL55 and custom order a manual tranny...heh.
     
  17. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    These cars are of different caterogries. Yes, i know, the performance figures of both cars are quite close, the Benz, from my point of view, is still a luxury car.

    Benz for the luxury and the superb ride quality.

    Porsche for sheer performance. Just look at how many compeitions it has won. Every review i've read about the car, its recieved a 4 1/2 to 5 star rating.


     
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    i would take the 996 Turbo for sure!!<!-- Signature -->
     
  19. Re: SL55? or Porsche 996 Turbo?

    It's true that a non limited topspeed is available on the SL. I've also heard it would go to 300kph easily.
    I'd take the SL, cuz the SLs are legendary cars. The model appeared before the 911. But the 996 Turbo is a great car. I saw one last week in grey; very pretty and damn fast !<!-- Signature -->
     

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