MercedesBenz SL55 AMG Road Test Car Reviews Car and Driver

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Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

How do you say ‘formidable’ in

A funny thing happened at the Eifelrennen race at the Nürburgring. Neubauer, the Zeppelinesque chief of the team, directed his crew to off all the bone-white paint that the Benz factory racers.

the origin of silver as the German for racing. But that’s not the point. motive had nothing to do with In those days, the competition regs specified a maximum rather than a minimum. paint trick was designed to get the down below the max. The set an upper limit, because saw weight as a dynamic asset. A car would have a bigger and thus go faster. The objective was to the cars down. Ha.

This story came to early in our first lap of Wisconsin’s America racetrack in the new Mercedes AMG roadster. The Neubauer parable in my mind’s eye like a prewar as I hit the rumble strips on the exit of Five and started up the hill. Was ist los?

See, getting out onto the exit curbing was not the upon entering the turn. lap in a new car and an expensive one at that lots of cold tires, etc. does it. But when the throttle down at the apex, the car was across the and onto that alligator before you could say,

This little tableau, by other examples of mass its relentless influence, emerged as the impression of an all-too-brief Road experience, laid on by Mercedes-Benz as the of its North American SL55 AMG launch. Given the car’s it was certainly the right venue straights punctuated by hard and generally uncomplicated turns. No no tricky transitions. Moreover, had enlisted a platoon of pro road to demonstrate those capabilities as as possible. The demos came we ordinary mortals had done a few and with a light rain at the end of the this became quite indeed.

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But as we strapped on a new SL55 to head the nagging question persisted: up with all this avoirdupois? The SL500 we tested last was certainly no wraith. When the on the C/D scales finally settled, the for that one stood at a resounding pounds. That’s SUV territory, but so, the AMG version is heftier: 4411 What’s the deal? Weight is the These guys must that.

Make no mistake, this is a automobile, Moby Dick notwithstanding. Check the motivational 493 horsepower at 6100 rpm, 516 of torque manifesting itself a wonderfully flat curve 2650 to 4500 rpm. the most potent Benz offered in North America, to the manufacturer, and also the quickest Benz we’ve ever 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds, 0 to 100 in 10.9, the quarter-mile in 13 flat at 110 mph.

In contrast, the SL500 tested in our issue hit 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, 100 in 14.5, and the quarter in 14.3 seconds at 99 The disparities seem minor on but the real-world distinctions are dramatic. the throttle, and this posh lunges forward like a that’s been invited to a chunk of Britney Spears. It traffic like a superbike and a sense of mechanical resentment a soulless microchip arrests the at 156 mph.

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