KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 2/4/2014
The SLS AMG GT is Mercedes-Benz's supercar, a $200,000-plus luxury rocket that combines blistering performance with exquisite fit and finish. Available as a 2-seat coupe or convertible, the SLS-Class has the power and pedigree to run with the finest from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Bentley. The SLS AMG GT boasts some of Mercedes' most advanced technology and highest power output while also infusing the provenance of its ancestor, the 300SL "Gullwing." Like that 1950s coupe, the hardtop version of the SLS is defined by its upward-swinging doors, while roadster versions enable top-down thrills. In coupe or convertible form, the SLS features a rubber-burning 583-horsepower V8 engine. For 2014, the SLS' second to last year of production, an even higher-performance Black Series coupe is available.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you desire a supercar with phenomenal power, a prestigious pedigree and plenty of pampering, the SLS AMG GT serves it up along with striking design and Mercedes' timeless badge appeal.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If the SLS coupe's $200,000 price doesn't dissuade you from getting in, its gullwing doors might. They look great but can be awkward to use when entering and exiting. For a more livable alternative, keep in mind that there are AMG versions of the Mercedes SL-Class retractable-hardtop roadster.
What's New for 2014
Just in case the SLS AMG GT isn't ferocious enough with its standard 583 horsepower, an even more powerful Black Series coupe is available for 2014. It boasts 622 horsepower, high-performance parts like ceramic brakes, and a roughly $276,000 starting price.
Before driving the SLS AMG, we figured it would be similar to the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG roadster, which shares the same engine but little else. That's definitely not the case. The SLS AMG GT is 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. The fire-breathing Black Series edition is even quicker, shaving a tenth of a second off that time, but in reality either model has blistering acceleration in everyday driving. The SLS isn't just a straight-line performer. Its suspension adeptly tames the tremendous g-forces created as the SLS rips around corners. But be forewarned: Even with its traction-control systems, the SLS's rear end can easily be made to step out, especially when the throttle is quickly engaged or disengaged. On tamer, more real-world drives, we appreciated the car's well-padded steering wheel, plush leather seats, and the ability to adjust its adaptive suspension from "Sport Plus" to "Comfort."
Owning a Mercedes SLS-Class puts you in an exclusive club – one that won't grow much larger. Limited in its production to begin with, if you want to buy one new you'd better act soon. Next year's model will be its last, with only 350 made for the entire world.
EVERYTHING ELSE ABOUT IT, TOO
From its scintillating skin and rapturous roar to the way the roadster version can bathe your neck in warmth, the SLS AMG GT has the ability to awe on a daily basis. It's a modern masterpiece with more than a passing nod to its heritage as a car piloted by racers and flaunted by the famous.
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