Mercedes Then and Now – 560SL vs SL63

By |2018-07-25T12:53:48-05:00July 25th, 2018|Driving Experience|0 Comments

Cars, and the way people use cars, have changed significantly since the introduction of the Mercedes SL-class in 1954.  Between the 1989 560SL and the 2009 Sl63 there has been 20 years of research and development, and a lot has changed.  Obviously, the body style and components completely changed with each iteration, but more importantly, has the way the car drives and feels completely changed as well? 1989 560SL: Weight: 3,704 lbs. Engine: 5.0 liter V8 Power: 227 hp & 279 lbs. ft. of torque RWD Transmission: 4 speed auto 2 Seater 2009 SL63: Weight: 4,274 lbs. Engine: 6.2 liter V8 Power: 518 hp & 465 lbs. ft. of torque RWD Transmission: 7 speed auto 2 Seater Performance wise, the SL63 is a completely different animal than the 560SL.  Both of these cars are powered by V8’s, so neither lack power (especially the SL63).  However, the humongous 6.2 liter V8 rockets the SL63 from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, compared to the 7.3 seconds it takes in the 560SL.  The SL63 handles significantly better than the 560SL, there is very little body roll and it gives you the illusion that you are gliding around each corner.  However, by no means am I saying that the 560 handles poorly.  It is actually one of the most comfortable classic car I've ever driven and it never felt unstable or floaty while behind its wheel. Although the new SL63 out performs the 560SL in every way, the 560SL's vintage charm makes it equally [...]