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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Road test report

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Great road test report here of the awesome Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Before we first tried the SLS, we wondered how Mercedes could get away with using the same engine in its new £157,500 supercar as it does in the £52,435 C63. Because, in essence, both use the same 6208cc V8. However, the first time we found a straight long enough to let the SLS give everything it’s got in third gear, any such cynical thoughts were dispelled in an instant.

In liberating an extra 112bhp from the V8, Mercedes has uncorked a monster of an engine. Add to that the fact that the SLS is 110kg lighter than the C63 and you get an impression of just how much quicker the SLS is. A 0-60mph time of 3.9sec tells only half the story, because this reveals as much about the difficulty of launching a front-engined, rear-drive car as it does about its ultimate performance.

The more telling achievement is the 0-100mph time of 8.0sec, which is quicker than the SL65 Black Series. In comparison, a Ferrari 599 takes 7.4sec, but if you exclude the 599’s trick launch control and look at the 60-100mph time, the SLS is just 0.4sec slower. No question the SLS has genuine supercar pace.