2018 Porsche 911 vs. 2018 Mercedes Benz SL Class

The 2018 Mercedes Benz SL Class is one of the few vehicles in the world to use a V12 engine, its interior is opulent, and it provides substantial performance. It is rivaled by the 2018 Porsche 911, a sports car which is powerful, attractive and fun to drive. Which of the two is supreme?

Design & Style

The Porsche 911 is a classic which has managed to outperform virtually every car in its class. Only mild changes have been made to the latest edition, with a cabin that has been updated. It has two seats, yet provides sufficient room. The seats are power adjustable, with an audio system that has eight speakers, a multifunctional screen that is 4.2 inches, and xenon headlights. The Mercedes Benz SL Class is large and comfortable. It is a convertible with two doors, and it has lots of comforts in its cabin. Whereas the 911 opts for curvature in its exterior frame, the Mercedes Benz SL Class is rectangular.

Technology & Safety

The Mercedes Benz SL Class comes complete with airbags in the front and sides, with additional protection for the knees. It also has special bars which are activated in the event of a rollover. This combined with control for traction and stability and antilock brakes means it is a very safe car to drive. Porsche has also invested heavily in its safety tech, and those who buy it can expect lane departure warnings, monitoring for blind spots, rearview cameras and lots of airbags.


When it comes to performance the Porsche 911 excels in every way. The handling, brakes, power and transmission are all on point. Depending on the version which is purchased, it can go from zero to sixty in just four seconds. The flat six 3.8 liter engine is turbocharged and capable of producing an incredible 540 horsepower, placing it in the category of a touring car. The Mercedes Benz SL Class is also extremely impressive. The AMG variant with its V12, 6 liter engine has two turbochargers which can produce an eye-watering 621 horsepower with the ability to accelerate from zero to sixty in just under four seconds.

The Bottom Line

Choosing between the Porsche 911 and Mercedes Benz SL Class is no simple task. Although on paper the Mercedes has high horsepower, there isn’t a huge difference in acceleration, and it does better as a cruiser. Furthermore, when you consider the interior amenities, it is clear Mercedes prioritized performance over comfort, an issue that the Porsche doesn’t have, so the 911 wins.

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Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche 911 offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and we are servicing the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche 911 test drive appointment in advance.

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