Review 2011 MercedesBenz SLS AMG by Tony Whitney

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Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz is that its magnificent new 2011 SLS AMG no relationship to the now-discontinued SLR McLaren and is based on an all-new platform. the SLS was developed and engineered by AMG itself, than Mercedes-Benz — a for the manufacturer’s famed tuning normally devoted to engine

There’s an interesting Canadian in that the SLS’s aluminum is built under contract by a arm of Magna International.

The SLS AMG won’t in North America until into next year as a model and no prices have announced yet. Reports Europe say that orders are being taken for the SLS at a starting of 149,000 euros including tax $234,000 Canadian dollars) but is no guide at all to what the sticker be here and more than the Mercedes-Benz marketers and accountants in America are still working out.


What is clear is the car will likely cost half the price of its predecessor and is another example of the people at sharpening their pencils to the demands of prevailing markets something they’ve been with great success through the various product It’s no “cheapie” by any stretch of the but now the Stuttgart automaker’s supercar is competitive in its segment and promises to be not much more expensive a “full house” SL model.

The SLS borrows all kinds of wonderful details from Mercedes-Benz cars of years gone by, but all, its gullwing doors dominate the thoughts of most when they see one of these in the They hark back, of to the truly memorable 300 SL of the mid-1950s a car that even today is a sight for anyone with the interest in fine cars. reminders of the 300 SL are the wide radiator with its huge three-pointed and the intakes on the hood and flanks, The SLS pivot from the central of the roof, just like the 300 SL.

Gullwing doors are exceptionally to engineer and that’s probably why so few have used them the years. One AMG engineer told me the doors on the old 300 SL were a “masterpiece of but that back in the 1950s, didn’t have to contend side impact protection and aspects of modern cars.

In the doors work well. at their widest “swing they don’t protrude much, though I took the of parallel parking my test car I stopped for coffee “just in

But enough of doors and let’s a look at the SLS as a high performance

Power comes from a V-8 with dry sump lubrication develops 571-horsepower and 650Nm of Obviously, this engine is an AMG and each unit is hand-assembled by one at the division’s plant in Affalterbach, The plant has a hospital-like cleanliness it and visitors are usually mightily to see the technicians trundling their around the assembly shop on trollies from one station to until they’re complete. The engine is “signed off” by its and you’ll find the name of the AMG responsible on a nifty little located on the engine cover.

Although the SLS AMG powerplant doesn’t the horsepower of the old SLR McLaren (626) and is, in less powerful in terms of horses than some SL this doesn’t really — probably thanks to the of the SLS’s superbly-crafted aluminum body structure. Even the shaft — which an awful lot of power — is a carbon fibre tube. the SLS a little throttle and it roars in the impressive way and there’s no doubt there’s a very potent V-8 in the front/mid position beneath the hood.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG

The SLS AMG will hit 100 km/h in a 3.8-seconds and the top speed (governed) is 317 The claimed average fuel of 13-2-litres/100 km is quite possibly a in class.”

The SLS uses a transaxle which contributes towards weight distribution (47/53, The transmission is an AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed with four driving and although there are the usual wheel paddles, I found power was available so quickly it was needed that being and relying on the automatic mode was fine. The car is much more than the SLR McLaren and is just as burbling around town as it is unleashed with all its might on the

The brakes are exceptionally good. by Brembo for Mercedes-Benz, they can be with carbon ceramic and these proved to be the best in material I’d ever Other safety features up to eight air bags and a “suite” of stability and emergency braking

Suspension uses a fairly double wishbone arrangement adds up to a sports car that handles as well as it goes. road surfaces do get broadcast to the fairly easily, but the same can be of most high-performance cars seriously good handling. who want their car to iron out little bump in the road be looking at an S-Class or a Maybach. The use 19 or 20-inch wheels, according to chosen, and my primary test car was with Continental tires.

Climbing into the car is quite despite the wide and fairly sills (not as high as the on the 300 SL, though!) and a little caution avoid any bumped heads on the I never banged my head in days around the car and I’m tall. The seats are exceptionally and comfortable and once strapped in, is very easy to reach. the layout is entirely new, is some “cockpit commonality” other Mercedes models and I had any trouble finding everything. the navigation system was easy to use recourse to the owner’s manual.

The is quite roomy for a car in this and a couple would have no stowing soft bags for a road trip. Some I tried boasted carbon trim which looked but expect this option to up the sticker price a bit. As one expect, even the most SLS is trimmed and finished to the highest standards.

Thanks to its (expected) price, car will be a far more familiar on our roads than the rare SLR and already, Mercedes-Benz Richmond many advance orders. a usable, drivable, supercar melds impressively advanced with a heritage that few automakers can approach. And it’d be buying one just to see the looks on the of the parking valets at your restaurant when you open the doors.

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class AMG

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