2011 Chevrolet
Corvette Z06
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
SL550

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550

9.9

starting from

$104,775

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz SL550

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Has a subwoofer
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More gears
7
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Good range on the highway
464 miles
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Navigation system
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2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

9.4

starting from

$75,325

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

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Blazingly fast top speed
190 mph
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Quite powerful
505 HP @ 6,300 RPM
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Zippy 1/4 mile time
12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph
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Fast 0-60 time
4.3 seconds
Entertainment System 7.5 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Winner: SL550
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  • Almost the same
  • The SL550's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
Practicality 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Winner: Corvette Z06
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  • Almost the same
  • Room for around 90% more stuff, 22.4 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3
  • Almost the same, 51.9 ft3 vs 50.5 ft3
Safety Features 9.5 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Winner: SL550
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  • The SL550 has 1 more airbag (including Knee), 4 vs 3
Cost 9.9 vs 10.0
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Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both have power seats
  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both the Corvette Z06 and SL550 are quite powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.4 vs 9.9

Entertainment System

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Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mercedes-Benz
SL550
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Number of speakers 7 vs 11 The SL550 has more speakers, but the Corvette Z06 has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the SL550's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs Yes The SL550 has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Standard If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the SL550; no amount of money can buy it on the Corvette Z06

Practicality

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Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mercedes-Benz
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Passengers 2 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 432 miles vs 464 miles The SL550 has good highway range and the Corvette Z06 is reasonable
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Cargo space 22.4 ft3 vs 12.0 ft3 The Corvette Z06 has lots of cargo room and the SL550 is pretty good
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front seats 51.9 ft3 vs 50.5 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The Corvette Z06's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the SL550
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Standard The SL550's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Corvette Z06
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Cupholders 2 vs 2 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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Corvette Z06
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
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SL550
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 3 vs 4 The SL550 has an OK number of airbags while the Corvette Z06 has very few (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs mbrace

Cost

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Corvette Z06
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SL550
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MSRP $75,325 vs $104,775 The Corvette Z06 has a reasonable price, while the SL550 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 14 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The SL550's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Corvette Z06's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The SL550's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Corvette Z06's is very short

Luxury Features

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Corvette Z06
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Crash Test Ratings

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Corvette Z06
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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Corvette Z06
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mercedes-Benz
SL550
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Horsepower 505 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 382 HP @ 6,000 RPM Both the Corvette Z06 and SL550 are quite powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The SL550 has more gears and the Corvette Z06 is OK, too
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the SL550's semi-automatic transmission and the Corvette Z06's Manual transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 6.3 lb/hp vs 11.0 lb/hp The Corvette Z06 is a sporty car, while the SL550 is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 36.2 ft

Road Tests

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Corvette Z06
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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mercedes-Benz
SL550
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0-60 mph 4.3 seconds vs 5.3 seconds The Corvette Z06 has a good 0-60 time, but the SL550 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 121 ft vs 126 ft The Corvette Z06's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the SL550 is quite bad
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1/4 mile 12.3 s s @ 122.0 mph mph vs 13.8 s s @ 104.0 mph mph The Corvette Z06's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the SL550's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 1.07 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 190 mph vs 155 mph The Corvette Z06 can hit an extraordinarily high top speed, but the SL550 is just OK

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Corvette Z06 vs Challenger SRT8
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Corvette Z06 vs Camaro SS
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Bicolore Corvette Z06 vs Gallardo LP 550-2 Bicolore
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Corvette Z06 vs Z4 sDrive35is
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2011 Mazda Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top) Corvette Z06 vs Miata MX-5 Grand Touring (Hard Top)
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S SL550 vs 911 Carrera 4S
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 2012 Jaguar XKR SL550 vs XKR
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is SL550 vs Z4 sDrive35is
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 SL550 vs S550
2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo SL550 vs 911 Turbo

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Avatar for John Rinkevicius John Rinkevicius (4:21 PM, December 27, 2016)
yeah, especially compare it with the SL65 as comparing 505 HP (Z06) vs 382 HP (SL550), doesn't seem to be very fair ;-)
Don't get me wrong, I like vettes but fair is fair.
 
Avatar for Ron X Ron X (0:20 AM, April 15, 2014)
Ok it's time to update the comparison to the 2015 Corvette ZO6.
 
Avatar for Jay Boogie Jay Boogie (7:15 AM, November 13, 2013)
Scared of the 427 drop top I see> which would have crushed the Benze In all performance matches