Official images of Mercedes SLS supercar revealed
9 September 2009

These are the first official pictures of the Mercedes SLS supercar.

The gullwinged-SLS will go on-sale in 2010, with an expected price tag of around £155,000.

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The styling is inspired by the iconic Mercedes 300SL and power will come from a 6.2-litre AMG V8. It produces 563bhp and 479lb ft of torque.

Power will be sent to the rear wheels via Mercedes’ first ever seven-speed double clutch gearbox, which will have four different shift functions.

Mercedes says it’ll hit 62mph from standstill in 3.8sec and 124mph will come up in under 10 secs. Its carbon ceramic discs - 390mm in diameter up front and 360mm at the rear - provide stopping power.

Its luxurious interior is full of leather, aluminium and carbonfibre, but safety has also been considered, with the addition of eight airbags.

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9 September 2009

Hands up who thinks this release was timed, or brought forward, because of the McLaren MP4-12C pictures being out.

I think the McLaren has cleaner lines and will be a much, much better car to drive, but I like some of the touches on the SLS - mainly the grill, the way the front lights flow into the wings and everyone man has a little boy inside screaming "gullwing doors are cool".

While the long nose is good, the rest of the shape seems slightly... off... The backend is dull and the cockpit seems too complicated.

9 September 2009

Bull....bull....bullish, yes that's the word, I think.

Subtle it is not. Elegant is not a word in Mercedes vocabulary these days.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

9 September 2009

[quote theonlydt]

I like some of the touches on the SLS - mainly the grill, the way the front lights flow into the wings and everyone man has a little boy inside screaming "gullwing doors are cool".

While the long nose is good, the rest of the shape seems slightly... off... The backend is dull and the cockpit seems too complicated.

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I too like the front and everything up to and including the doors very much, but the rear end leaves me cold as well. I also think it's one of those cars that will look better in dark/neutral colours like the silver of the later pictures. Red, and therefore I imagine other such bright colours, just don't seem to suit it.


9 September 2009

This thing is just plain pug ugly The original was light, curvaceous and simply beautiful inside and out This is just a Mazda RX8 on steroids And black market steroids at that - inside as well as out

GD

9 September 2009

Err... This is a Mercedes, isn't it? Looks a bit like a reworked old Chev Corvette.

GB

9 September 2009

It looks dated and old, yet it's brand new!

9 September 2009

Looks pretty sleek... for a G-Wagen replacement! Haha.

Rear number plates should always be above the rear bumper, in-between the lights. That was the only flaw with the Vauxhall Omega, one of the best cars of the last two decades.

Still, I'm sure the SLS will be sporty, quick and make big powerslides, yay.

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I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

9 September 2009

Topkat is almost right. It's like it's trying to look retro but then bits of it look too modern like the headlights. It's a mismash of modern Mercedes and old Mercedes. It's awful.

There are those that say the new Mclaren is too generic, but at least the Mclaren is an out and out racing car in supercar clothing. People who are buying their next supercar will happily accept that, what they won't accept is something as compromised as this Mercedes.

10 September 2009

Christ, what a mess. McLaren-vs-Mercedes is 1-0 then.

Still, good to see your £155k gets you one more airbag than you get in a FIAT 500.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

10 September 2009

I dont know why, maybe its those gullwing doors, but for some reason I love this car! Normally, I hate mercs, and while I see the point of a Ferrari/lambo etc, they just dont do it for me these days. This i love!

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