1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class

  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL320 Roadster

    SL320 Roadster

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      3.2L I6
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  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL500 Roadster

    SL500 Roadster

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      5.0L V8
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  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class SL600 Roadster

    SL600 Roadster

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      6.0L V12
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1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Review

A classic luxury roadster.

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The 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a classic convertible roadster that introduces new styling this year. Three models are available, which vary in price range and offer a number of high-end standard features including Bose audio system, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and alloy wheels. The SL500 and SL600 each offer several unique standard features as well and offer gas discharge headlamps and five-speed electronic transmissions, in addition to better performance.

The Mercedes-Benz SL320 offers the most accommodating features that consumers are looking for in a roadster. Moreover, the fun and freedom of this sporty car can be enjoyed with the basic V-6. Although several features separate the other two models from the SL320, the main difference between the SL500 and the SL600 is the latter has a more powerful engine.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 6.0-liter 12-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz SL320, Mercedes-Benz SL500, Mercedes-Benz SL600

What's New

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class includes new styling and alloy wheels. Side-impact airbags are a new feature for all models this year as well five-speed automatic transmission and infrared remote security system.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is a luxurious two-door roadster that includes revamped exterior styling and is equipped with 12-hole alloy wheels. In addition to several choices for exterior colors, metallic options are optional as well.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class offers a long list of standard interior features that includes power driver and passenger seats, leather trim on the shift knob and steering wheel, leather seating, power windows and door locks, cruise control, driver and passenger front airbags, as well as front side airbags, and Bose audio system, automatic climate control.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is teams its models up with a different motor, which all perform well on the road. The most affordable model is the SL320, which comes with a 3.2-liter V-6 engine. The SL500 includes a five-liter V-8 engine, while the SL600 is the top-of-the-line model, offering a powerful six-liter V-12 engine, which performs at a whopping 389 horsepower. All models include traction control for better handling, and the SL600 includes the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) for improved driving under adverse road conditions.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class includes driver and passenger front airbags, traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS), fog lights, front side airbags, anti-theft alarm system, and headlight cleaners.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz SL320: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz SL500: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz SL600: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • A host of luxury standard features
  • Lots of safety features including side airbags

You Won't Like

  • No backseat, not ideal as a family car
  • Little trunk space
  • Poor gas mileage

Sum Up

A classic luxury roadster.

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