2013 MercedesBenz SLS AMG GT Roadster review | Digital Trends Reviews

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Folks toss words like “supercar” and interchangeably when it comes to the end of the automotive spectrum. But, not sure who’s responsible for these models or why some make the cut and others don’t.

a Lamborghini or Ferrari will pretty squarely in the bucket, but about cars with styling? Aston Martin? Maserati? Even some of the Porsche 911s have the tag to match, despite looking every other Carrera on the Whether it’s price, or exclusivity, it seems like has a different measuring stick for

So, when the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT arrived in the garage, we debated and forth about how to label it. The price on the GT coupe is just shy of the $200,000 threshold, and the roadster at $206,000. A well-optioned SLS AMG GT Roadster can $258,000, but the not-so-exotic SL65 AMG well over $200,000, Conundrum.


What’s New  

After two short model years, the SLS AMG has replaced with a slightly powerful, slightly higher-tech for 2013, the SLS AMG GT. The same 6.2-liter V8 powers the SLS GT, making it one of the last to keep the big engine, despite the of swapping for AMG’s 5.5-liter V8.

This year, power is up to 583 horsepower over last 563, a result of tuning the spray, spark and timing for efficient combustion. Torque unchanged at 479 lb-ft, which is to keep your head against the seat all the way through gear. There’s still not a option, leaving the same dual-clutch automatic in place previous models. The transmission’s receives an upgrade intended to the shift times, especially in mode.

For the sake of comparison, the 458 Italia produces 562 horsepower and 398 of torque. Just sayin’.

The in the SLS GT is upgraded, too. Gone is year’s Adaptive Suspension, for the AMG Adaptive Performance Suspension. mode remains just as as past models, but switching the car Sport or Sport+ gives you an stiffer suspension with handling.

With exception to the sport modes and more engine, there aren’t any surprises when it comes to technologies in the SLS. Yes, navigation, heated and cooled and satellite radio. And yes, are driving aides like spot detection and adaptive control, but for $250,000, those are expectations, not surprises. The one “fun” bit in the car comes with the AMG gauge selectable from the console, displays engine temperatures, lap G-forces and other performance for the track.

Plain-Jane Supermodel

For a car enthusiast, your hands on a model the SLS is a dream–a fantasy –that will never experience. We over every nuance, the GT’s new smoked headlights to its Designo interior with appreciation and trace amounts of So, it came as a surprise to us exactly how other folks noticed us on the while driving the GT.

Maybe because we were riding in a white car, rather something green, orange or Maybe our exhaust note was too like a muscle car’s and not like a motorcycle’s. Either we didn’t find people the car at gas stations, racing us at stoplights or cornering us in parking lots to about it.

It feels like a sports car, and you feel rather than ridiculous behind the wheel.

Perhaps this is where the SLS GT loses the most “exotic” it just looks too much a Mercedes. There’s no question the car is insanely fast, tremendously or wicked expensive, but it just look like other with the same profile. A folks mentioned that had “never seen that before,” and another even us if it was an SLK. But, upon that our particular roadster had a tag of $234,000, we were met with the question over and over, Benz costs how much ?”

before we go dismissing this car as not or distinguished enough to justify the price, hold your Because it’s worth penny – to the right buyer, If flash-factor is what you’re for in your next exotic car, this isn’t the car for you. Whether it’s it looks too much like the Mercedes convertibles or that haven’t been enough Bowl ads promoting it, the average Doe and Jane Smith just familiar with the SLS.

if you’re the kind of shopper who to quietly appreciate ultimate and conservative, yet immaculate design, worth a look. It leaves us that Lamborghini Gallardos are for stars, and SLS GTs are for investment bankers.

Behind the Wheel  

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Slipping the driver’s seat in the convertible is easier to accomplish than in its brother, which makes a little more difficult. car requires a little more of a motion to get seated. Regardless, the seat is both plush and and it’s comfortable for drivers up to six-foot two-inches tall. the start button, and the car roars to with one of the sexiest exhaust in business. Where most sound high-pitched and tinny, a la motorcycles or a Le Mans cars, the SLS a deep, boat-like burble at and barks and backfires on downshifts. fantastic.

In “Comfort” mode, the car is and gentle, and it doesn’t really much differently than its SL sibling. If we’re comparing the settings, moving the drive into “Sport” turns the SLS a muscle car with tons of power, while turning it all the way up to essentially makes the car track-ready by the revs high. There’s a “Manual” mode that the use of the paddle shifters on the steering The dual-clutch transmission responds as quickly as you can consider touching the and this is the most rewarding way to the car if you’re looking to play.

The SLS has exceptional balance, despite the that the cabin essentially on the rear axle. While the feels a mile long, the is pushed far enough back to the weight mostly centered. offset by putting the transmission the seats, too, which the weight in a way that makes the car rather than wily. the performance setting on the suspension helps stiffen everything up for roads or track use.

So, what do you get when you spend a quarter-million dollars on a Mercedes of a rarer breed of vehicle? The SLS up feeling like it has a similar to a Chevy Corvette, but with possible aspect improved 300 over. You get one the most handsome, monstrous cars on the road but you also get an extensive dealer to back your purchase. means you can order it without to drive to a major city, and you can the car serviced without shipping it off to the exotic dealer several away.

No, the SLS GT isn’t as flashy as many of the cars in its class, but we’re ok that. In fact, we almost it. It feels like a gentleman’s car, and you feel attractive, than ridiculous while the wheel. It’s a different experience for the money than standard supercar, but it’s one we feel like you could with every day, of only on the weekends.

Highs

driver-centric interior

Deep, exhaust

Daily drivability

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