The #Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is long gone, and has now been replaced by the less powerful, let’s-admit less cool AMG GT. However, we kind of want it back.
Before saying anything, may I mention that I will drop the “Benz” of Mercedes-Benz. Because it is too long to write, and even the brand from Stuttgart scrapped it. Got it?
The SLS AMG is an “homage” that Mercedes payed to the legendary 300 SL from the 1950’s. Both cars share some resemblance, however the most noticeable part of the car that looks similar to the Sir Stirling Moss’ race car are the iconic gullwing doors. Probably the most useless, unpractical doors you have ever seen. If somebody from Mercedes ever argues to you about the fact that these doors have been engineered to facilitate your entry in the car, he’s a liar. So forget narrow parking lots, forget wanting to be discreet, and forget getting out of the car in style. Accept the fact you will just look like this guy who consumed Quaaludes, and is now trying to get in his car.
As mentioned beforehand, the AMG GT is now Mercedes’ only “supercar”. Love it, or dislike it, it is a very different concept to the SLS. The SLS is about that raw V8 power that drives like a dragster. The GT has turbos and is supposed to handle like a 911 (yeah right…). The SLS was a bit like that huge dog you had your house. It was fun, but was all over the place, couldn’t be handled, not very practical to take anywhere but the countryside. However, by the day it was gone, it made you sad. You don’t want a civilized Chihuahua.
The SLS is a kind of car you will never find again. It is noisy, it destroys tires, it is the true essence of unpracticality, but this is what, we, petrolheads want. The SLS was not developed to have the comfort of an S-Class, the practicality of a GLE, or the efficiency of…a Blue Efficiency. No! It was designed to be cool and have cool doors that would make everyone go like “woooo look at these doors, ‘must be so unpractical”. That is exactly what a boring old lambda citizen would think. Are you a boring old lambda citizen?
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the Perego Cars garage located between Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, for letting me review this car.