Despite being discontinued in 2015, Mercedes sold two new SLS AMGs in 2020
Remember the mad 563-hp supercar with the gull-wing doors?
Mercedes-Benz reportedly sold 325,915 vehicles in the US in 2020, including two SLS AMGs, which is odd because the amazing supercar with the flashy gull-wing doors was technically discontinued in 2015. Slightly off-topic: they also sold one B-Class.
The SLS AMG, the wondrous supercar that Jeremy drove along the East Coast of the US in 2010, was first introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show as a spiritual successor to the 300 SL and as a replacement for SLR McLaren. It remained in production until 2015, when it was de-facto replaced by the AMG GT.
Anyway, this means that these two cars have been sitting in showrooms waiting for a buyer for at least five years, possibly even ten years. Mercedes North American delivered 29 SLS AMGs in 2015, when it was still in production, and then one more SLS in 2016.
The SLS AMG, available as a 2-door coupe or a 2-door roadster, was powered by a 6.2-litre AMG V8, the most powerful N/A engine at the time, putting out 563 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. In 2012, they upped the ante with the GT version, with 583 hp, and in 2013 they revealed the Black Series variant, which had even more power (622 hp) but less torque (468 lb-ft). Mercedes even produced an electric version, equipped with 4 synchronous electric motors for a combined power output of 739 hp (max 805 hp) and 738 lb-ft of torque.
The SLS was bonkers and it was, more to the point, one last hurrah for mad cars with naturally aspirated engines. With the AMG GT, unveiled in 2014, Mercedes got rid of the gull-wing doors and gave it turbochargers and as we all know, the successor of the AMG GT is probably going to be electric. Pah.