Thursday 29th November 2012


Leaner and meaner SLS given the Harris treatment

Very soon, the Mercedes SLS will not simply be a single car, but a range of cars. The coupe and roadsterwe already know about, but this new GT version with an extra 20hp and some other tweaks will be joined by the Black Series and Electric Drive versions in 2013.

Just lobbing yourself onto a track, in this case Hockenheim, and being told that the GT version has a little more power and more support from stiffer springs and a new electronic damper brain isn't the best way to tell the difference between it and the new car.

One aspect of the GT which is immediately apparent is the new gearbox mapping - it finally releases the instant shifts the standard car failed to deliver at launch in 2010.

It's been around a while now, but I just wanted to get some video footage of the SLS before the end of 2012. The car drips with character, and that normally aspirated 6.2 V8 is one of the great road engines - even if the extra 20hp is hard to identify. Is it worth around £12K over the standard car? If you want to drive it like a lunatic - yes.

Enjoy the vid, and then go trawling the classifieds for used SLSs - some bargains to be had. Accepting that 'bargain' is being used in the broadest possible sense.



Author: Chris Harris
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