The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Has a Few Tricks Under Its Hood
by Erik Netcher
In the echelons of the automotive world lie the finest motorcars money can buy. In this class of $150K (and up), there is no bad car; each has its positives and its extremely positives, so the purchasing decision comes down to personal preferences. If you’re after a complete showstopper, look no further than the all-new Mercedes- Benz SLS AMG.
Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz 1954 300 SL Gullwing and designed to replace the SLR McLaren, the SLS provides its owners with a permanent topic of conversation. Simply put: Everyone wants to talk about—and take pictures of—this car. The first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed in-house by AMG, the SLS boasts a large front hood, rear wing and signature vertically opening gull-wing doors that create the illusion of a steel bat descending upon the road to eat its asphalt prey. The car’s stunning aesthetics are fully complemented by outrageous power specs: a 6.3-liter V-8 engine rips out 563 horsepower and 479 pounds of torque. The sevenspeed sport transaxle dual-clutch semiautomatic hits 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The speedometer tops out at 240 mph, though road speed is electronically limited to 197 mph for safety reasons. There aren’t many places outside of the track or the Salt Flats where you can safely do 240 mph—but then again, there aren’t many more places where 197 mph is an option.
Some people enjoy being the center of attention, and some people enjoy fast cars. The SLS AMG is for those who enjoy both. Flagship Motorcars Mercedes-Benz & Sprinter, Rt. 1 North, Lynnfield, 877-907- 1967; herbchambers.com
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