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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $200,479 - $204,530.

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MSRP $202,505

Fair Purchase Price $202,505
Fair Market Range ($200,479 - $204,530)

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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 1/10/2013


The 2013 SLS AMG GT is Mercedes-Benz's answer to what a supercar should be. As the pinnacle performer in the German automaker's lineup, the SLS AMG infuses the provenance of its ancestor the 300SL "Gullwing" with the best of today's engineering and technology. Available as a 2-seat coupe or roadster, the SLS AMG has the power and pedigree to run with the best from Ferrari, Audi and Aston Martin. Under the hood is a big V8 engine that now makes 583 horsepower, while the cabin is flush with the softest leather and the kind of accoutrements that make a Mercedes-Benz, well, a Mercedes-Benz. With its supermodel looks comes a supercar price of around $200,000. Calculated another way, that's roughly $1,000 for each mile per hour attainable in an SLS.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you crave a supercar that has a serious pedigree and offers plenty of pampering, you'll relish the SLS AMG GT. The amount of attention this car draws and its performance credentials are equally appealing.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The gullwing doors in the coupe model look dazzling to be sure, but in pragmatic terms are rather awkward to use. There's also that little issue of coming up with the $200,000 needed to purchase this car, but if you can afford to spend $200,000 on a car, that sum is probably little indeed.

What's New for 2013

One might think it difficult to improve upon the grandness that is the SLS, but for 2013 Mercedes-Benz found a way. Most notable is the addition of 20 more horsepower under the hood to raise output to 583 horsepower. In addition to adding "GT" to its name, the 2013 SLS AMG features a recalibrated 7-speed automatic transmission, modified suspension, and darkened headlights and taillights.

Driving It Driving Impressions

In our first blush with the SLS AMG, we figured it would mimic the experience we had in the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG roadster, which shares the same engine but little else. Boy, were we wrong. The SLS AMG has a driving experience quintessentially its own. With a 0-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds in both coupe and roadster form, the SLS's acceleration is ethereal. Implanting the big, 583-horsepower V8 deep within the SLS's aluminum body is akin to taping a bottle rocket to a paper airplane. Meanwhile, the lightweight aluminum suspension holds its own, battling the tremendous g-forces created as the SLS careens around corners. Be forewarned, though: Even with its advanced traction-control systems, the SLS's rear end can easily be made to step out, especially when the throttle is quickly engaged or disengaged. When not hanging on for dear life at Mach 1, we appreciated the SLS's well-padded steering wheel and its plush leather seats. For an even more refined feel (or a sportier one, depending on your mood), you can adjust the suspension settings from "Comfort" to "Sport Plus" with the twist of a dial.

Favorite Features

CONVERTIBLE COMFORT
Should the weather turn chilly after you've lowered the roadster's fabric roof – a feat done in a mere 11 seconds – you'll appreciate the Airscarf system. Built into the top of the seats, this standard feature warms occupants by blowing a kiss of warm air around their neck.

EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT IT, TOO
Those looks. That engine. The heritage. As either coupe or roadster, the 2013 SLS AMG GT represents a modern masterpiece with more than a passing nod to its heritage as a car piloted by racers and flaunted by the rich and famous.


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