Prior to driving the Mercedes-Benz SL550, I was under the impression that this car was only for the misguided souls who think a price tag measures a car's qualities. After spending a night in this drop-top, though, I wholly understand the appeal of this vehicle. While the price tag and refinement of this Benz may be far above that of the Chevrolet Camaro, the formula for the two cars isn't all that different. Both cars look phenomenal, smoke the tires in a stop-light launch, and act as status symbols.

The Airscarf and heated seats were a perfect complement to a clear, cool spring morning. As a relaxed and comfortable tourer, the SL550 is the car for the Sunday driver who doesn't need to be a tire-squealing hooligan at every corner. The SL550 turns in nicely and handles predictably. This is more than enough performance for what any normal and responsible person would ever use on public roads. As a big burly car without the high-maintenance personality, the SL550 is fun and unique.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

Did Eric Tingwall just say the Chevy Camaro is a status symbol and actually placed it on the same level as the SL? Really???

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