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A first for AMG…

2011 SLS AMG

2011 SLS AMG

There is a first for everything. Your first car, your first love, or your first child. This month, we get to take a look at something special, AMG’s first car. See, until now AMG has been the performance division of Mercedes, making already great cars even better. This time around, Mercedes let AMG handle the entire design from paper to production and they have done an incredible job giving us the SLS AMG.

The SLS is a tribute car to the classic Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, but with a more modern interpretation of that classic styling. Just like the 300SL, the SLS features Gullwing doors that make quite a statement to anyone lucky enough to see it. But far beyond the looks, and yes it a gorgeous car, the car is a performance machine born and bred. The SLS features AMG’s 6.3 Liter V8 which is able to produce a smile inducing 563 HP and 480 lb ft of torque. That’s enough power to rocket the 3500 lb coupe to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds – if you can keep traction that is. The SLS sits on 20” wheels in the back and 19’s in the front. The wheelbase is long, and the driver is positioned close to the rear axle. The engine sits way up front and is connected to the rear wheels via AMG’s terrific 7 speed dual clutch automated manual gearbox and a carbon fiber driveshaft.

The car is an absolute riot on the road. From the very instant you push the start button and hear the exhaust growl, you know you are in for something magical. Step on the accelerator just a bit and the roar of the hand built V-8 will let your other senses know it’s time to hold on. Fortunately, AMG included monster 6 piston front brakes and 4 piston rears to quickly bring you back to reality.

Perhaps the only thing missing on the SLS is auto closing doors. But let’s step back, look at the stunning lines, listen to the engine rumble and remember this is a performance car. AMG’s engineers decided not to let the doors close on their own to save 80 pounds. I believe when you are sitting at red light with a clear, open stretch of road ahead, you can forgive this small inconvenience. AMG gave the world an incredible machine only a few will ever experience. Not a bad first try. We can only imagine what their second will be like.

-Lincoln Fantaski
Select Luxury Cars has a pristine example of this Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Its black over light brown and is quite a sight to see. Click here to view more info on this car.
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