2005 Mercedes SL 55 AMG
The SLK roadster had already introduced us to the idea of a folding hard-top in 1996, but the MkV was the first SL to be fitted with the tech at launch in 2001.
It also benefited from adaptive suspension, so it cornered flatter than any of its forebears – and the model to make the most of that was the SL 55 AMG.
The interior of our 2005 car hasn’t aged well – especially the graphics on the central screen – but there’s nothing dated about the way the supercharged engine flings you down the road, or the guttural roar it makes.
If you want huge performance for not much money, a MkV is a fine choice.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe line up the new Mercedes SL with its forebears in an exclusive showdown
- 21955 300 SL GullwingFor any car fan, it’s a privilege to lift the surprisingly light gullwing door, climb over the wide sill and drop into the 300 SL’s low-slung seat.
- 31956 190 SLThe 190 SL was built to be a 300 SL for the masses, and is far less satisfying from behind the wheel.
- 41969 280 SL Pagoda
- 51980 450 SLThe third-generation SL first went on sale in 1971, and it stayed in showrooms for 18 years – so if you're in the market for a cheap classic SL, this is the one to go for
- 62001 SL 500
- 72005 SL 55 AMG - currently reading
- 82012 SL 500