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Regardless of who is behind the wheel, all seem to be impressed with the SLS's driving dynamics. The engine growl sends chills up spines (especially with the new open-top Roadster), and its power molds passengers to their seatbacks. Handling is excellent too.
The manually-operated Gullwing doors on the coupe are unique, but many find them awkward to reach and close (it is obviously not a problem with the Roadster). The automatic transmission is sometimes critiqued for being a bit slow to shift, and cargo space is compromised by the classic styling.
While it is considered a spiritual successor to the 1950s-era 300SL Gullwing, the modern SLS AMG — with its retro-styled Gullwing doors — was introduced as an all-new model last year. This year, Mercedes-Benz has introduced a drop-top Roadster variant.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is offered in two-door coupe or Roadster (convertible) body styles. The coupe features a fixed aluminum roof and gullwing doors, while the Roadster models are equipped with a power-operated automatic multi-layer soft top with a heated glass rear window.
Under the long hood of the SLS AMG is a naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 that develops 563 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque — it is reportedly the most powerful non-blown eight-cylinder on the market. The standard gearbox is an AMG-tuned seven-speed sending power to the rear wheels. With a right foot firmly planted on the floor, the two-seater will hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds before hitting an aerodynamic wall just shy of 200 mph.
Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, covering not only the seats and door panels but the dashboard as well. Aluminum and carbon fiber accents the cabin. Other standard features include full power accessories, keyless entry/ignition, bi-xenon headlights, parking sensors and dual-zone climate control.
The options list includes custom paint colors, carbon-ceramic brakes, forged alloy wheels, a track-tuned suspension and a premium Bang & Olufsen audio package.
The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2012 SLS AMG Coupe and Roadster at 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined.
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