Should I be tempted by an early W215 CL600 or CL55??

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Am on the verge on buying a 2000/2001 CL600. Was hoping no turbo would mean less(er) expense?:rolleyes: Is this correct? Should I opt for a later twin turbo or kompressor version?
Any advice would be kindly appreciated.
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+3, I have an 02 CL55, it is lots of FUN
However I'm not sure the average punter would notice much difference between a non K 55 and a 500. (and I class myself in this category)
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+3, I have an 02 CL55, it is lots of FUN
However I'm not sure the average punter would notice much difference between a non K 55 and a 500. (and I class myself in this category)
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Probably true - well, it is true. Given the conditions in which we drive, how do you differentiate between "more power than you can safely/legally use" and "much more power than you can safely /legally use"?

So I guess the answer is to go for the car which is neater, less complicated and perhaps has more toys than the outright faster car?

The SL600 never sold too many - perhaps it was an example of this generalization in action?
 

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The engine is not as easy to service on the 600, but yes it does go like a bat out of hell. The 500 is such a well proven lump.
 

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I love the sound of the V8 I also love the addictive banshee wail of the supercharger if you go for a later 55. Having said that I really enjoy the sound of the SL63 & C63 on F1 and they don't have the wail of the supercharger.
 

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The V12 is too nose heavy, whereas the V8 has beautifully neutral handling.
 

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The V12 is too nose heavy, whereas the V8 has beautifully neutral handling.

Yes good point some 200KG more,,I had nor realized that
 

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Could this relative loss of balance mean something other than in extreme conditions or use? I am not a boy racer! (any more at least!)

A hard question, nose heavy cars were a disaster in the past



Performance wise the 500 does the 0-62 in 6.3 sec, the 55 in 4.8 and the 600 in 4.8 as well

Fuel wise the 500 is 24.8,55=21.4 and 600 =19.2
 
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A hard question, nose heavy cars were a disaster in the past



Performance wise the 500 does the 0-62 in 6.3 sec, the 55 in 4.8 and the 600 in 4.8 as well

Fuel wise the 500 is 24.8,55=21.4 and 600 =19.2

I think these figures are for the post 2003 models. If I follow your drift it would make more sense to go for a later 500 which performs just as well as an earlier 600 or 55?
 

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I think these figures are for the post 2003 models. If I follow your drift it would make more sense to go for a later 500 which performs just as well as an earlier 600 or 55?

My book is about 2004. The 500 is the same as the one in my car and 29.9 is easy to obtain, and a very good lump
 


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