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.
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Passenger impact regs I reckon. The requirement for sufficient clearance between bonnet and engine block gives you a bonnet line (and specifically height) from which the rest of the car must be drawn, and be in proportion with. As a result you get an all round bigger car with more cartoonish dimensions. The driver's seat is particularly far back in the SLS (you feel as if you're sat between the rear wheels, US muscle car style) and you still need a boot, so it can't get away with a pretty rear end either.
Passenger impact regs eh - wen did they come in? (It's a pretty bad accident if your passenger is potentially coming into contact with the engine block )
It's probably more likely Pedestrian imapct regs, and even then it's no roadblock to good looking cars.
Inhibitor to good looking cars, perhaps, but like all other aspects of vehcile engineering, it's a constraint that can be worked with/around until the correct solution is found. They've actaully got it quite easy as all the car has do to, basically, is go fast, handle reasonably well and look good.
The car is ugly because the eningeering/design team allowed it to be so. Simple as.
reggie8201 Dec 2012
Guess I'm on my own with this view but.....
This car does nothing for me, blandness beyond blandness to look at. OK it sounds lovely but I just can't get excited about anything this car has to offer...
Totally agree. Great car, but just has no character and I can't get excited about it (from watching a vid anyway).
murraynt30 Nov 2012
I still think the SLR is a much nicer looking car. The SLS looks just a bit boring to me. It has neither the brash looks of the SLR or the elegance of the old SL's.
Sounds good though.
Maldini3529 Nov 2012
I'd love a go in one (who wouldn't?) but I'd never spend my cash on one (if I had it). Just too wide, heavy and not pretty enough. Great noise though.
DanielSan29 Nov 2012
This car looks and sounds fantastic, if my 6 numbers came up I'd want one.... Up until the point I remember the new Vanquish exists, and then it suddently seems to look a bit ungainly.