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SLR McLaren vs SLS AMG

SLR McLaren vs. SLS AMG

Which You Choose?

Article and Photos by Liang

Arguably two of the most Mercedes-Benz automobiles of modern the SLR McLaren and the new SLS AMG are limited-production flagships supercar performance.

Both are And both pay homage to the classic Mercedes Gullwing. Yet the two cars are as in personality as the groups McLaren and AMG developed them. Although the SLR was a car when new, with the of the new SLS at $200,000, you can probably find of both for around the same So, which car would you choose?

To out, we asked a man who owns Mercedes-Benz Club of America Larry Brackett. Brackett, who in Sonoma, California, in the heart of wine country, has owned vehicles for most of his adult For the past five years, put 25,000 miles on his SLR, using it as his daily driver. he took delivery of one of the first to enter the country.

Before my opinions, Larry graciously me the keys to both and let me form my own

The basics

Walk up to the two cars side-by-side, and you might think the SLR is the car. The SLR has a more futuristic and look, while the SLS is a more interpretation of the classic ’50s Gullwing.

The most dramatic element on both cars, of is the doors. On the SLR, they up and forward, sort of a cross gullwing and Lamborghini scissors On the SLS, they open up, like, well, gull The SLR doors are more practical as as space alongside the car is adequate, they swing out of the way. the SLS, you have to be careful you smack your head in and out of the car.

Mercedes fans know that the new SLS is powered by a aspirated 563-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 to a 7-speed paddle-shift dual-clutch the SLR is powered by a 617-horsepower supercharged coupled to a 5-speed paddle or transmission.

Driving the SLS

Hit the start in the SLS, and the V-8 barks to life in a fashion. Pull the little lever into Drive, and you go. Well, sort of. Step on the from a standstill, and there’s a before power engages, an old carbureted engine that Push harder, and the power engages, jerking your back. The delayed response make it hard to win a stoplight race.

Drive off mildly in “D” and the 7-speed transmission shifts up the gears smoothly, sounding like a Continuously Variable with the engine barely rpm and the transmission constantly shifting, seamlessly. Tug on the upshift or downshift and you’re doing the shifting Because the gear ratios are under hard acceleration in mode, you’d better be those paddles pretty If there’s a downside to a 7-speed it’s that there’s a lot of going on, in manual or automatic

Bend the SLS into a corner, and it with confidence. Like any car, you have to feather the as you accelerate out of a corner so that you break the rear wheels Even without the optional brakes, the SLS has phenomenal and drama-free

Around town, the SLS AMG feels any normal Mercedes well, at an AMG version quiet, tight, and stiffly comfortable. Launch it up an and hold on! The tuned exhaust of the V-8 out a howl unmatched in the business, you back in your seat as the tires claw for traction. You with glee as it rockets to 60 mph in Road Track clocked as 3.6

Driving the SLR

The inside of the SLR is more Flip up the missile-launcher cover on the knob with your and press the start button to up the supercharged V-8. Mash the and the SLR growls out her side pipes as she you to 60 mph a tenth of a second faster the SLS, according to RT. Traction helps put the 617 horsepower to the ground no muss and no fuss. Punch the at 80 mph, and she’ll shove you in the seat and have you well 100 mph in the blink of an eye.

Steering is sharp and crisp perhaps a bit too Turn the steering wheel a and the car responds so quickly that you to dial in some correction you get used to it. Pedal pressure and are heavy. The ride is firm but

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After driving the cars it becomes immediately apparent each reflects the personality of the that developed it. While builder McLaren built the AMG, Mercedes’ in-house engineered and built the new SLS.

the SLR, the steering and ride are stiffer. According to Larry, steering of the SLR is very sensitive, a level of attention that is not in the SLS. The steering on the SLS is fantastically The SLR seats are one-piece racing seats (albeit nicely in leather) that tilt but do not “The seats are a constant reports Larry, “It’s to get comfortable in them.”

The SLS, on the hand, has more Mercedes You can tell that the engineers what Mercedes owners of their cars. The interior is the ride is more comfortable, and the can be adjusted to fit anyone tilt, and recline, plus adjustable support and side bolsters.

The is stiff, but not uncomfortably so. Everything the SLS is just a bit smoother and more the ride, the power, the feel. adds, “The ride of the SLS is controlled and smoother. The body of the SLS tighter and better made, fewer rattles.”

Styling aside, the SLS is definitely a forward in evolution for Mercedes’ car. Larry concurs: a better car in every way, so so that I’ve decided to let the SLR Larry believes in driving his as you can tell from the mileage on the odometer. The SLS will become his driver, but he’s already had it on the “The car is very responsive on the It’s everything you’d it to be,” he concludes.

Which you choose?

So, which car is better? depends on what you’re for a collectible or a driver. While is always subjective, judging comments at the Palo Alto most people prefer the sleeker shape. From a standpoint, the SLS wins hands

Larry reports, “My feeling is the SLS is the more usable and intimidating automobile to drive on a basis. The SLS feels more and responsive.” While both are collectible, the SLR may end up being more because of its limited production and original price tag. The SLR has depreciated, and it’s bound to in the future, so now would be a great to buy. The SLS is still new, so are still high.

You wouldn’t go wrong with car, but if you plan on driving it a go with the SLS. If you’re your car as a collectible and will drive it occasionally, the SLR could be the investment.

Maurice Liang is a car nut with an eclectic collection of ranging from an original Manx dune buggy to Dodge Vipers. He is founding of the Viper Club of America and of The Viper Buyer’s Guide.

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