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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Research the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster

The Good

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe is one of the smoothest driving cars on the planet, and is powered by a muscular V8 that generates serious performance. Transmission shifts are extremely smooth and effortless. This car also offers outstanding handling.

The Bad

The vehicle’s body suffers from a minor design flaw, as entering and exiting the vehicle is uncomfortably difficult. The low profile makes it a challenge for taller drivers and passengers to stay comfortable. This is also one of the most expensive cars Mercedes-Benz makes.

The Bottom Line

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG coupe is priced beyond the reach of most people, but if you are looking for a high-end performance roadster and can absorb the cost, there may be no better option on the market.

Price

The SLS AMG price is far beyond the cost of a base model SLS coupe, owing to the legendary AMG performance package that puts this car in a class of its own. Actual prices may vary from region to region; the figures given below are an aggregate of MSRP quotes from Mercedes-Benz dealerships and Kelley Blue Book average pricing guidelines. The SLS AMG price spread reflects the optional features you can add or opt out of, depending on your preferences.

MSRP: $190,475 to $196,675

Average paid: $192,175

Performance

Acceleration and power

The car’s AMG V8 engine package kicks in with a whopping 563 horsepower and 479 pounds per foot of torque. This powerful engine, when combined with the lightweight body of the car, creates extremely impressive acceleration times. According to factory specifications, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster is capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 197 miles per hour. What’s a little scary is that the top speed could be even higher, if it were not for the fact that Mercedes-Benz electronically limited it.

Handling and braking

The finely tuned chassis and suspension deliver one of the best driving experiences in the world today, according to many SLS AMG reviews. This car grips the road with precision and sensitive responsiveness, even at very high speeds. Cornering is predictable and controllable, and the steering system is superb. While anti-lock brakes are standard, it may be worth it to upgrade to the AMG carbon fiber brakes if you want added stability, safety and security.

Interior

Seating

The SLS AMG roadster is a two-passenger vehicle; the seats are finished in luxurious Nappa leather trim, and they recline and are power adjustable. The seat settings can also be programmed for easy access. The interior is accentuated by attractive aluminum trim, which contributes to an overall sense of sportiness and luxury.

Features

Some of the many standard features include automatic climate control with dual-zone precision, Bluetooth connectivity, access to Sirius satellite radio, high-intensity bi-xenon headlights, a power tilt/telescoping steering column, cruise control, SmartKey entry with a panic button, power windows, power door locks and an anti-theft alarm system. You will also enjoy Mercedes’ signature COMAND vehicle information and management data system as well as a 6-speaker AM/FM stereo with a 6-disc CD changer, MP3 capability and an integrated digital tuner. A 40 GB built-in navigation system is also standard equipment.

Cargo space

Don’t buy this car for its cargo space – it totals just 6.2 cubic feet, which will be barely enough for your luggage if you’re driving to the airport.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster. Standard manufacturer safety features include a total of eight airbags, with knee airbags for the passenger as well as the driver. Anti-lock brakes with brake assist, three-stage electronic stability control, skid prevention control, a rear view camera, a blind spot monitoring sensor, a tire pressure monitor and a brake pad wear monitor round out the other noteworthy safety features which come standard on this impressive vehicle.

Specifications

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG roadster made its debut in the 2011 model year. The 2012 version is virtually identical, except for the addition of a blind spot monitor as standard equipment and the option of purchasing a drop-top version. These SLS AMG specs are for the vehicle’s base model, without optional equipment.

  • Transmission: 7-speed auto-shifting manual transmission with overdrive
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Gasoline V8
  • Engine Size: 6.2 L
  • Horsepower: 563 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Torque: 479 pounds per foot @ 4750 rpm
  • Length: 182.6 inches
  • Wheelbase: 105.5 inches
  • MPG, City: 14 MPG
  • MPG, Highway: 20 MPG
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