Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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The SL65 Black Series is a brute of a car, but it generally doesn't compare well to cars in its price and performance range. Mercedes has never made a true sports car (like Ferrari or Alfa). High performance touring roadsters are a strange "one size fits none" kind of car, and the SL has never had a place to call home. It's too expensive to compete with other touring roadsters (I consider the Mazda Miata to be one of those), and it's not fast or nimble enough to compete with true sports cars.
I'm not trying to pick a fight, I'm just expressing my own opinion which seems shared by a big group of automotive writers. I love my R129--it is fast enough to get the adrenalin flowing, it handles better than MRZ sedans (for the most part), it has the undeniable appeal of a roadster, it is very comfortable and luxurious on long trips and short ones, and it is--best of all--a Mercedes. I'm no longer interested in the spartan existence that entry-level sports cars offer, and I can't imagine spending the money for a Ferrari or other high-end open car.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck