Mercedes SLS Gullwing

Mercedes SLS Gullwing

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donutskidmark

Original Poster:

701 posts

97 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I just wondered if any visitors to this forum have had or have currently got a Merc SLS Gullwing and what their experience has been- I’m looking to buy an SLS and basically would like to hear what owners think of them- worth the dollar or not?
I appreciate any pics and advice regarding spec

cgt2

1,312 posts

132 months

Tuesday 13th August
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Very tight cockpit for anyone over 6ft, not much headroom and a wide sill to get in and out. What I found hampered the enjoyment of the car was the visibility and awkward driving position.

Other than the claustrophobia though a wonderful car but I am not sure it's worth the kind of money being asked these days, the same engine can be found in a C Class though things like the carbon propshaft are unique.

Re: spec it's a rare find but there were a handful of SLS GT's which is a far more bespoke and special supercar feeling than the standard SLS, feels more distanced from other AMG Mercs.

MarkM3Evoplus

414 posts

144 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Had a little go in a mate's.

Felt very wide and difficult to place down the narrow lanes I drove it, with the long bonnet and felt quite soft, however, when I hooned into a bend far too quickly (mate almost S&^t himself), it tracked round beautifully! Needs to be settled before going into bends, then feels good, as no lightweight and dives and rolls a bit.

Great sound and very distinctive looking car. Would make a great tourer for long trips, but still give a bit of a thrill down the twisties if you don't mind the size and not great visibility.

My mate loved it and made a decent profit selling on. Wonder if prices are dropping in the current climate?

CitySlicker

223 posts

37 months

Wednesday 14th August
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It’s a very special car with unique doors, engine, design etc. I had the gt edition and it was dynamically very capable. Being a Mercedes it’s inexpensive to maintain and my car was very reliable with high build quality.

I will buy back into the SLS in the future, next time a standard variant, but for now I’m waiting for prices to come down which they will.

utgjon

666 posts

117 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Funny seeing this today - i watched the excellent PH review of the SLS Black last night.. if only they weren't so expensive!

donutskidmark

Original Poster:

701 posts

97 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Thanks for the replies so far.
I just fancied something a bit different ...
I’ve never actually seen one in the wild

MDL111

3,666 posts

121 months

Wednesday 14th August
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utgjon said:
Funny seeing this today - i watched the excellent PH review of the SLS Black last night.. if only they weren't so expensive!
Looked at prices after reading this thread - nearly fell off my chair - my than half a million for a Black - holy cow

donutskidmark

Original Poster:

701 posts

97 months

Wednesday 14th August
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The SLS black series was limited to 300 worldwide.
Only 15 were UK cars.....which may explain the asking price.

MDL111

3,666 posts

121 months

Wednesday 14th August
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donutskidmark said:
The SLS black series was limited to 300 worldwide.
Only 15 were UK cars.....which may explain the asking price.
ah didn't realise that they are this rare - still a lot of money / makes an SLR look like a bargain

garystoybox

227 posts

61 months

Wednesday 14th August
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My business partner owned one from new as a daily driver and I spent quite a bit of time behind the wheel.
Neither of us really rated it and I remember him losing a fortune on trade in after 18 months.... nobody was buying them.
Apart from the engine, a very average drive imo. My abiding memory as a tall chap was that it was like driving a washing machine (from space and visibility point of view).
Not a patch on his CLK Black, which is where my money would be going if after a rare Merc. Price on the SLS are bananas for what they are.

MickyveloceClassic

60 posts

3 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Great car. Father in law bought this new in October 2010 and still has it.

Beautifully balanced, gearbox software amended back in Affalterbach and cheap to run.

There were some big losses incurred by some, but this is valued at around the original list price, so no issues.