I've experienced five gull-wing sports cars, enough to last a lifetime. Only one -- an experimental Mercedes-Benz C-111 powered by a wailing rotary engine and piloted by the unflappable Rudolf Uhlenhaut -- left an indelibly positive imprint. It's a pity that Mercedes didn't use that mid-engine wundercar as the SLS's inspiration instead of the 300SL gullwing, coincidentally created by Uhlenhaut in the mid-fifties. But the real SLS bummer is that the thrill of entering and exiting through gullwing portals will fade in a week. Then you're stuck with the awkward contortions, the strain required to close the doors, and the spectacle you'll prompt at every stop in a public place. Here's my suggestion for partially remedying the situation: Mercedes should add power door closers to make the SLS more palatable.
Don Sherman, Technical Editor