1997 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Trims and Specs

Original MSRP: $80,195
18 national listings
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Center Console · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: passenger seat, driver seat · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Drivetrain Limited slip differential: rear
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Roof-mounted lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: hard top
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger
Price $80,195 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 3.2L 228 hp I6
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
22MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$80,195
Invoice$69,250

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
22MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

3.2L 228 hp I6
Power 228 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 232 lb-ft @ 3,750 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume21 gal
Front Legroom42.4 in
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase99 in
Length177.1 in
Width71.3 in
Height51.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume7.9 cu ft
The SL320 was packed with new safety features in the 1997 model year, including heat-resisting tinted glass running the full length of the an optional top and a front-seat occupant-det... Read More
The SL320 was packed with new safety features in the 1997 model year, including heat-resisting tinted glass running the full length of the an optional top and a front-seat occupant-detection sensor that deactivated the right-side airbag when it determined that the passenger seat held less than 26 pounds.
But the marquee improvement for the 3.2 liter, 6-cylinder vehicle was the new top. The "panorama" hardtop became was offered as an alternative to the standard lift-off aluminum roof.
"I can't say enough good things about this car," wrote one owner. "This is such a fun car to drive," wrote another.
Original MSRP: $90,495
7 national listings
Adds to SL 320:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: passenger seat, driver seat · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Drivetrain Limited slip differential: rear
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Roof-mounted lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: hard top
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $90,495 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 5.0L 315 hp V8
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
21MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$90,495
Invoice$78,210

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
21MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

5.0L 315 hp V8
Power 315 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 347 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume21 gal
Front Legroom42.4 in
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase99 in
Length177.1 in
Width71.3 in
Height51.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume7.9 cu ft
SL 500 SL1 Sport
Original MSRP: $95,395
2 national listings
Adds to SL 320:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: passenger seat, driver seat · Multi-function remote: trunk release, keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Universal garage door opener
Driver Seat Power adjustments
Drivetrain Limited slip differential: rear
Exterior Features Front Air Dam · Ground Effects · Rear spoiler
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Roof-mounted lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: hard top
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Traction control
Tires and Rims 18 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $95,395 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 5.0L 315 hp V8
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
21MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$95,395
Invoice

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
21MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player

Engine

5.0L 315 hp V8
Power 315 hp @ 5,600 RPM
Torque 347 lb-ft @ 3,900 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume21 gal
Front Legroom42.4 in
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase99 in
Length177.1 in
Width71.3 in
Height51.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume--
Original MSRP: $123,795
5 national listings
Adds to SL 320:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Dual front airbags · Front side airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: power · 6-disk CD changer · Cassette · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio · Remote CD changer location: in cargo area
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Power
Comfort Features Shift knob trim: wood · Steering wheel trim: leather, wood
Convenience Features Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: passenger seat, driver seat · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic
Driver Seat Heated · Power adjustments
Drivetrain Limited slip differential: rear
Instrumentation Tachometer
Lights Exterior entry lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: HID · Roof-mounted lights
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, auto-dimming, heated
Passenger Seat Heated · Power adjustments
Roof Convertible roof: hard top
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Leveling: self leveling suspension · Suspension control: electronic
Telematics Phone: cellular phone
Tires and Rims 16 Inch Wheels · Tire type · Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
Price $123,795 MSRP
Body Style Convertible
Engine 6.0L 389 hp V12
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
12MPG city
19MPG highway
Drivetrain RWD

Price

MSRP$123,795
Invoice$107,180

Transmission

Drivetrain RWD
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
12MPG city
19MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain Airbags--
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsStandard
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, Cassette Player, CD Player, CD Changer

Engine

6.0L 389 hp V12
Power 389 hp @ 5,200 RPM
Torque 420 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume21 gal
Front Legroom42.4 in
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase99 in
Length177.1 in
Width71.3 in
Height51.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume7.9 cu ft
Mercedes-Benz offered a panorama hardtop in the SL600 for the first time in the 1997 model year, reducing some earlier complaints about visibility while driving with the car's top up. A... Read More
Mercedes-Benz offered a panorama hardtop in the SL600 for the first time in the 1997 model year, reducing some earlier complaints about visibility while driving with the car's top up. A standard rain sensor was the only other added feature from the previous model year.
The SL600's power plant was a 6.0-liter, V12 engine that pumped out 389 horses. The '97 SL500 runs from zero to 60 in just 5.7 seconds.
Owners called it a "fast and subtle commuter/touring machine" and noted greatly improved handling.