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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: You’ll think you can fly

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Nice review here of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Bill Clinton famously said, “You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle.” But what the randy former US president forgot to mention was that if you put wings on a Benz, you end up with one of the most awesome supercars known to man — the £160,000 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Ask the folks at AMG, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz specialising in high-performance cars, and they’ll tell you the new SLS is designed to compete with thoroughbreds such as the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560, and Aston Martin V12 Vantage. Them’s fightin’ words, so it was with great pleasure — and our customary sprinkling of cynicism — that we scurried to the company’s Brooklands test track to go hands-on and see for ourselves.

The first thing that struck us about SLS AMG was how utterly beautiful it was. It has a phallic front end with an almost maniacal expression plastered over its front grille, but unlike its rivals, it never makes the driver look like they’re having a mid-life crisis, no matter their dress sense or level of baldness. It certainly made the majority of motoring journalists present at the Mercedes test track look trendy — no mean feat.