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New Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Review

Stand to attention, focus intently on your screen, and brace yourself for the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

By Stephen Turvil
Oct 27, 2010
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Stand to attention, focus intently on your screen, and brace yourself for the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. This astonishing £157,000 coupe is a remarkable piece of engineering. The gull-wing doors, as previously seen on the 1955 300SL, make this stunning design an instantly recognisable icon.

To enter the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG's cabin you first press a button on the stylish key fob. This causes a small handle to emerge from the door. Give this a quick tug and the gull-wing elegantly lifts skywards to reveal the majestic interior. Once inside it can be a bit of a stretch to re-close the door, but hey, all of a sudden traditional doors feel rather tame.

Now, after a few hours playing with the gull-wings you may actually fancy a drive. Fire-up the 6.2-litre V8 engine (badged 6.3). This monstrous beast produces 571hp and propels its door loving owner to 62mph in only 3.8 seconds, and on to a mighty 197mph. This teeth shattering performance inevitably uses a fair chunk of fuel, so expect to average roughly 21mpg. Eco warriors best look elsewhere then.

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has excellent handling. It feels supremely composed at high speed and the pin sharp steering, and massive brakes, inspire tremendous confidence. Being a hard-core coupé the ride can be a little harsh, but this is a small price to pay for driving one of the most iconic vehicles of its generation.

Standard specification includes the extremely funky gull-wings (did I mention those?), plus duel-clutch transmission with paddle shifts, heated memory sports seats, cruise control, and rain sensing wipers. Options include ceramic brakes and a carbon fibre bonnet and mirror casings. So, go on, while you're with the dealer buy one for me too.

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By Stephen Turvil
Oct 27, 2010