New AMG SL 55 vs old AMG SL 55: DRAG RACE

It's time for an AMG SL face-off!!

We have actually got our hands on the all-new -AMG , and it will go head-to-head over the quarter-mile against a traditional from 2004!

So which is much better? Well, let's have a look at the statistics! The old SL rolls up with a 5.5-litre supercharged V8 under the bonnet that can normally provide 490hp and 700Nm. Nevertheless, the one we've got our hands on has been tuned, and can now deliver 625hp! It s equipped with RWD, and it weighs in at 1,885 kg.

As for the new SL, the supercharged V8 has been switched for a 4-litre twin-turbo V8. This can put down 476hp and 700Nm, which implies it's down on power compared to the . Nevertheless, it has one key advantage … It includes AWD!

So what do you believe, will it be a clean sweep for the new SL? And more importantly, will it reveal that it's worth the eye-watering β‚€ 147,000 price?!

There's only one method to learn for sure … LET'S RACE!

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87 responses to “New AMG SL 55 vs old AMG SL 55: DRAG RACE”

  1. carwow Avatar

    Classic or new SL 55… Which is best?

    1. Fluffy Snoop Avatar
      Fluffy Snoop


    2. Philippe STRICKLER Avatar
      Philippe STRICKLER

      the new one for its 4 wheel drive.

    3. Diesel's Car Talk Avatar
      Diesel’s Car Talk

      Classic has charrm and character

    4. Specialized Avatar


    5. Aymen Shelby Avatar
      Aymen Shelby

      Classic FTW!

  2. Genc Macula Avatar
    Genc Macula

    The old one has a timeless design!

    1. Robert Gabriel Avatar
      Robert Gabriel

      A real beauty!

    2. BOSKI Avatar

      @Aluani Netshituni jesus is God that u are create, the real God is who created u and the universe!

    3. Andres Pajares, cinturon negro Avatar
      Andres Pajares, cinturon negro

      and endless and pricey repairs…

    4. dutchdna Avatar

      So does the new one. In 10 years.

    5. Matic Avatar

      It looks quite outdated

  3. wilbeugre Avatar

    Here we go!
    I really liked the hard top on the “old” SL (they nailed the proportions)

    1. Lucifer Morningstar πŸ…₯ Avatar
      Lucifer Morningstar πŸ…₯

      Link to the Clip : they finally released this

    2. Rohan R Avatar
      Rohan R

      What makes it better is the glass top so even if it’s raining you can still enjoy the β€œSL” experience

    3. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      @Rohan R Rohan R, the 2023 SL 55 has 16bhp less than 2004 version. The 2023 has 481 whilst 2004 version has 497.

    4. Aluani Netshituni Avatar
      Aluani Netshituni

      @Lucifer Morningstar πŸ…₯ Believe in JESUS today, confess and repent of your sins. No one goes to heaven for doing good but by believing in JESUS who died for our sins. β€œThat if you confess with your mouth, β€œJesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. ”(Romans 10:9-10)β€οΈπŸ™

  4. Kevin Natangwe Avatar
    Kevin Natangwe

    A full black old version with good rims might look better than the new for many people πŸ€§β€οΈβ€πŸ”₯

    1. w204 Avatar


    2. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      @w204 w204, the 2023 SL 55 obviously has 17bhp less than 2004 version.

    3. Mo Daoz Avatar
      Mo Daoz

      Nostalgia merchant detected

    4. maax Avatar

      @Mo Daoz saying a car looks good isn’t being a nostalgia merchant

  5. Christopher Lembra Avatar
    Christopher Lembra

    Can we have a E 55, CLS 55, SL 55, CLK 55 and C55 drag race pretty please?

    1. A.Merc- Benz Avatar
      A.Merc- Benz

      I hope they

    2. Aliatif Raja Avatar
      Aliatif Raja

      Or every merc class vs eachother but the fastest ones so the a45s+ other ones too

    3. Ap247 Avatar

      Cl63 v12 c215 (2001)

    4. Diesel's Car Talk Avatar
      Diesel’s Car Talk

      And CL65 amg

    5. vindicator2008 Avatar

      They all the same engines πŸ˜€

  6. Shamil Avatar

    Love the thunderous exhaust note of the old M113K. πŸ”Šβ›ˆ

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      M113K? What is M113K? Some sort of old Merc prototype sedan engine?

    2. The Unknown Man Avatar
      The Unknown Man

      @Purwanti Allan M113 is the V8 engine Mercedes used in many of its cars back at that time. The K stands for Kompressor which means supercharger.

    3. gepixelt Avatar

      no comparison to the m156

    4. Hasif Mk7R βš™ Avatar
      Hasif Mk7R βš™

      @Purwanti Allan wtf ?

    5. StreatBeatsAudio Subwoofers Avatar
      StreatBeatsAudio Subwoofers

      @gepixelt you’re right. its much better than the 156 πŸ™‚

  7. Edwart Von Fectonia Avatar
    Edwart Von Fectonia

    The old looks so much better. 10/10

    1. JH Carbon Avatar
      JH Carbon

      They both look good.

    2. DefyYourLogic Avatar

      The old one looks more premium for the era. All new MB designs look pretty uninspired. Still miles better than Audi and most G series BMWs though.

    3. Patrick Amponsah Avatar
      Patrick Amponsah

      @DefyYourLogic There is nothing wrong with the new one. It also looks nice and premium.

    4. Ventsislav Ivanov Avatar
      Ventsislav Ivanov

      No way better than bmw all new merc they don’t look nice , definitely the old is proper class car.

    5. JH Carbon Avatar
      JH Carbon

      @Ventsislav IvanovΒ  bro did you see how all the new BMW luxury vehicles look? They way uglier than Mercedes.

  8. John Avatar

    The Old SL55 Looks great . Definitely aged well!

    1. Purwanti Allan Avatar
      Purwanti Allan

      Kinda reminded me a lot to SLR McLaren 2003.

    2. Aluani Netshituni Avatar
      Aluani Netshituni

      @Purwanti Allan Believe in JESUS today, confess and repent of your sins. No one goes to heaven for doing good but by believing in JESUS who died for our sins. β€œThat if you confess with your mouth, β€œJesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. ”(Romans 10:9-10)β€οΈπŸ™

    3. lu tomson Avatar
      lu tomson

      And the maintenance bills high as well

    4. Captainrave Avatar

      The gearbox and TC on it is appalling though, as is the handling.

  9. Sizakele Comfort Mtshweni Avatar
    Sizakele Comfort Mtshweni

    That rear view of the Old SL looks too damn modern

    1. Rygem Avatar

      Looks typical for the time period. Nothing new about it.

    2. iFenom_z Avatar

      You’re blind.

    3. light monkey  Avatar
      light monkey

      @Tony Stark precisely what’s happening here

    4. Ignacio Romero Avatar
      Ignacio Romero

      It doesn’t look modern at all, looks straight up from 2004

    5. 3xoticG4m3r Avatar

      Lmao “modern”

  10. KR 92 Avatar
    KR 92

    Amazing that the old Merc held up 1/3 of its value considering it’s almost 20 years old πŸ‘πŸ»

    1. NSUScooter Avatar

      Just found a 2005 SL55 with only 40,000 miles in California going for $31kUSD

    2. NSUScooter Avatar

      @TΓΆrkensee comment above

    3. Gage Parris Avatar
      Gage Parris

      Value of these cars is almost entirely based on options and mileage. Mine was around 80k miles for $20k.

    4. engpasev Avatar

      minus inflstion

    5. Sisekelo Mangisa Avatar
      Sisekelo Mangisa

      There’s a 2003 model year here in South Africa for R389 900 which is roughly Β£20 000 with 100 800 Km ~ 62 500 miles.
      For Β£30 K you’d get a 2006 model with 43 000 miles, decent resale value indeed

  11. Mark Avatar

    The old one looks so much classier. So sleek.

    1. Wozer Bozer Avatar
      Wozer Bozer

      @zoekmath stfu the newer one looks like a 911 there is not look no originality the old one is timeless

    2. zoekmath Avatar

      @StreatBeatsAudio Subwoofers yeah modern cars do have more personality, we have actual good tools when making cars now so manufacturers can do better designs
      i love when people say that the future will be dead and emotionless when old cars look all similar to eachother, ugly, unadventurous and cheap design, compare that to the cars that have been released last year

    3. Freimopp777 Avatar

      I want a car with “personality” What type of car would you recommend to me?

    4. zoekmath Avatar

      @Freimopp777 kia niro or sportage 2023 are very well equipped for the price, and they are beautiful

  12. Al ex Avatar
    Al ex

    The old SL with its tall gearing has no chance in 3rd gear. Glad to see he did it in 2nd!! Good call, mate! ✌

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    2. Youcallthesebagels? Avatar

      Not to mention it’s not making 650 hp. If it’s a Renntech tune they lie about the gains.

    3. Martin Svensson Avatar
      Martin Svensson

      @Youcallthesebagels? No its 625hp. Which might be correct. It has half the gears.

    4. AhEmGee Avatar

      ​@Martin Svenssonit’s not making 625 to either. It would be much faster on the roll otherwise. 12.3 1/4 with half decent launch, it’s more like 550 hp max
      You need quite afew mods to get 625 and they didn’t even detail what’s been done.

    5. Martin Svensson Avatar
      Martin Svensson

      @AhEmGee Only thing you need is a different pulley, headers, ECU and better cooling.
      VRPs stage 4 for example is nearly 700hp.
      You have to remember that the engine will have to work with almost half the gears as the newer car. That will easily offset the actually delivered hp from the max hp figure to something lower for a much longer time than in the new car

  13. Auditography Avatar

    My God that clas”sick” SL66 looks absolutely stunning even today. And it has SO much soul. Save the classics!

    1. Genc Macula Avatar
      Genc Macula

      SL 77

    2. ThaDynaKat Avatar

      @Genc Macula SL 88

    3. Captainrave Avatar

      SL65 or 55?

    4. Lawrence Evans Avatar
      Lawrence Evans


    5. ThaDynaKat Avatar

      @Lawrence Evans SL 111

  14. RebelTV r Avatar
    RebelTV r

    The old SL is one of the most beautiful cars of all-time. Timeless.

    1. Chamal de Alwis Avatar
      Chamal de Alwis

      Why u madπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ mum not get u happy meal today?

    2. horvathr95 Avatar

      @Chamal de Alwis Yeah I dont understand how this car out of all the cars that have been made in the last 140 or so years, can be classified as one of the most beautiful cars of all-time. I know taste is subjective but still. An Auburn 851 Speedster, Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, Mazda RX7 fd, Alfa Brera, those are just some random cars from different eras that are beautiful

    3. Sergio Alvarez Avatar
      Sergio Alvarez

      The design is just ok
      Nothing special bro

    4. The Petrol Man Avatar
      The Petrol Man

      @Chamal de Alwis Not stretching. Its an absolute beauty

    5. Chamal de Alwis Avatar
      Chamal de Alwis

      @horvathr95 exactlyyy this SL wouldn’t even be in my top 100 lmao but each to their own i guess

  15. MediocreMan Avatar

    Have you guys considered doing a race to 1/2 mile from a stop? Could be interesting.

  16. Tony Kim Avatar
    Tony Kim

    Ooof, that old SL 55 is still looking nice and modern for being a nearly 20 year old car. What a classic car that is~

  17. Oisin Moore Avatar
    Oisin Moore

    Have to say, Matt and carwow really do pump out quality car videos. The car selection for the drag race format has been unbelievably on point in recent months, clearly some thought gone into it. I also adored the Dyno video the other day. Thanks for everything!

  18. Daniel Sadjadian Avatar
    Daniel Sadjadian

    I’d forgotten how good those old 55 AMGs sounded, lovely Supercharged V8 πŸ”₯

  19. AdLP640 Avatar

    The β€œproper” SL55… has such a timeless design and sounds a lot better than the new one. A true supercar during its era!

  20. Moussa rawat Avatar
    Moussa rawat

    More of 2000’s era sports and supercars please! That was awesome

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