Imagine you just won a competition on a game show. Everyone is cheering for you and you are jumping up and down with excitement. The host tells you that you get to pick your own prize. What's more, he tells you that your choices consist of two Mercedes-Benz vehicles. You hit your maximum heart rate as the curtain lifts off the ground. Stop. There is a problem. You are faced with one of the most difficult choices in the history of mankind: 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. You might as well just go home because you'll never be able to decide, right? Wrong! Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead is here to help.
Both of these cars are just about at the top of the line when it comes to Mercedes-Benz, with a few exceptions, of course, but we'll cover those later. Both will run you over $200,000 to obtain and both use the same engine. So what is the difference?
After some research, you will find that one of the biggest distinctions is size. The S-Class has a significantly higher curb weight, and is also longer. This allows more room for trunk-space, and also makes the S-Class safer to drive. The next noticeable difference, which is influenced by size, is the gas mileage of each car. The SL-Class achieves a higher mile per gallon rating than the S-Class. But which one is better?
As you may have guessed, both cars have advantages. That's why Mercedes-Benz doesn't just mush them together. As a rule of thumb, the SL-Class is better suited for drivers who are in it for the thrill of the sport. Conversely, the S-Class is more appropriate for drivers who prefer over the top comfort and have a need to bring more than one person with them. If it were up to us, we would pick the Roadster SL-Class because with an engine like that, of course you are in it for the thrill. With the SL-Class, you get better gas mileage, better control, more acceleration, more money in your pocket, and bragging rights over S-Class owners.
To conclude, the S-Class is still an amazing machine. It has more luxury than the SL and will still give you butterflies when you put the pedal to the floor, but when it comes to the comparison of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG vs. the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, we have to give the crown to the SL-Class.