2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Don Sherman
Matt Tierney

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Base price (with destination): $185,750
Price as tested: $199,550

Standard Equipment:
6.3-liter V-8 engine
7-speed automatic transmission
AMG limited-slip differential
AMG performance steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles
AMG three-stage ESP
Carbon fiber composite drive shaft
Gullwing doors
Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Power folding mirrors
Headlamp washing system
Heated seats
Dual-zone climate control
Premium leather upholstery
Comand head unit with 6-disc CD/DVD changer
40-GB hard-drive with GPS navigation
Sirius satellite radio
iPod/MP3 media interface
Alcantara head liner
Bi-xenon headlamps with active curve illumination
LED daytime running lamps
Aluminum spaceframe

Options on this vehicle:
Bang & Olufsen premium sound system -- $6400
1000-watt sound system
11 speakers
Dual subwoofers
Illuminated tweeters
Carbon fiber trim -- $4500
AMG 10-spoke forged alloy wheels -- $2400

Key options not on vehicle:
Carbon fiber engine compartment cover -- $5400
Carbon fiber side mirror caps -- $1900
AMG leather and Alcantara steering wheel -- $500

Fuel economy:
14 / 20 / 16 mpg

Size: 6.3L 32-valve V-8
Horsepower: 563 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 479 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm


7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Curb weight: 3573 lb

19-inch alloy wheels front; 20-inch alloy wheels rear 265/35ZR-19 front; 296/30ZR-20 rear Continental ContiSport Contact performance tires

5 of 5
I commend Mercedes and AMG for producing the car they want to build, not just the car the customers want.That being said, there's still too much Gee-Whiz tech here that detracts more than takes away. Rear view cameras are for trucks and rolling artwork that have a mail slot for a rear window. LCD screens and other electronic garbage will prevent cars like this from being appreciated many years from now because replacement parts will be unobtainable. Try to get a new motherboard for your 10 year old computer...same thing. Lastly, real drivers prefer three pedals. Yes, paddle shifters get you around a track the fastest, but if that is your concern, you aren't driving this 3,600 lb sled. I'm waiting for what this company is capable of when they embrace simple engineering, light weight, and the quality standards they set back when the first Gullwings were built.

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