The most iconic Mercedes sportscar ever is back. The original Gullwing, the 300SL, was a barely tamed racecar. Its 21st century successor is a supercar of the first order, and it’s also the first vehicle totally designed by the high-performance Mercedes–AMG GmbH group. While the SLS AMG is inspired by the original car, sporting similar gullwing doors and a long hood, short deck profile, under the skin it’s totally modern. There’s a high-tech aluminum chassis that weighs only 530 lbs., and an AMG-tuned 6.3-liter V8 nestled up front that puts out a stunning 571 peak horsepower, giving it performance the original Gullwing could only dream of. If the formidable power and throaty exhaust note aren’t enough, it’s comfortable enough to scoot across continents without breaking a sweat. A highly civilized car with ferocious acceleration, it’s the perfect grand tourer for the modern era.
"This is not just the greatest car Mercedes makes; right now I think, it's the greatest car in the world. It's more powerful than the Ferrari 458. Just, it's a little bit louder than a Lamborghini, and it's way more fun than the 911 RS, GT, Turbo, 3...S or whatever this week's 'ultimate beetle' is called.
This is the thinking-man's supercar. The Mercedes SLS. The engine is AMG's own 6.2 litre V8 linked to the flappy paddle double-clutch gearbox that sits on the back for the perfect weight distribution. So that it feels that the entire car pivots around, well around your bottom. It does a lot of pivoting, if truth be told because while it can do, huge distances in great comfort, What it is at heart is a shouty, snarly, tail-happy, gullwinged lunatic.
And that is why I love it." — Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear