2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class: A European Super Car with all the Trimmings
With a long and luxurious profile and a very powerful engine to go along with the Mercedes-Benz namesake and full array of luxury features, the SLS-Class is a super car that offers everything high-end sports car owners are looking for, especially in the luxury segment. Pushed to greatness to outperform the competition that comes in the form of the Aston Martin DB8, Ferrari California and Bentley Continental the SLS-Class offers a great deal of horsepower in either the coupe or convertible forms.
At the top of the line, the SLS AMG GT Final Edition will have a short run of only 350 cars making it a very special offering that only a few can enjoy. This special edition of the SLS will come in with some carbon-fiber additions such as the hood, front splitter and rear spoiler. This version also enjoys some unique AMG forged wheels and a Disigno diamond-pattern leather interior which all together makes this version of the SLS a very high-end offering that is very sought after in the high end luxury sports car market.
Regardless of the model of the SLS the control features aboard are all top of the line and highly enjoyable. The control that is enjoyed is a result of a fantastic suspension and steering system that keeps the car on course whether on the track or open road. This enjoyable control system also allows this car to easily be able to handle curves and turns with expertise and agility that continues to offer drivers the ability to seek out roads that are curvy and windy for an exhilarating ride down any road. The balance from the weighting system helps to make the car easily move across any road and handle the different road conditions with ease, adding to the awesome engineering that is found aboard any of the SLS-Class lineup.
The only engine offered for the SLS-Class comes in the form of a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8 engine that shows up with 583 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is placed in such a location as to add to the control of the vehicle by giving it a better center of gravity. This engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that shows up with fuel mileage of 13 city/19 hwy mpg. The top speed for either the coupe or roadster models is 197 mph as the engine performs like one that is a little larger than the 6.2-liter that is aboard.
The interior of the Mercedes-Benz SLS-Class is a modern, well-crafted and logical setup that shows up having a ton of great features for anyone to enjoy. With a bevy of high-end materials to enjoy and metal trimmings along with completely modern control and communication features the SLS-Series offers plenty of great and pampering equipment for the driver and passenger to enjoy. Add some carbon-fiber trimmings and a seven-inch display in the middle of the dash to communicate navigation, audio and other information, the SLS looks more like a fully-equipped command center than a road and track ready sports car.
On the outside, the SLS-Class offers a great look that is as attractive as a roadster can get. With an oval shaped grill, long and well-crafted hood angle as well as an easy transition from the hood to the roof, the SLS offers a look that gives the feeling of a roadster that belongs in a car chase movie rather than on the highways fighting traffic. The two different models, coupe and convertible, offer different opening doors with the coupe having the gullwing doors that open upward and the convertible has traditional opening and closing doors. The convertible roof retracts quickly for the open air feeling that many search for in a very enjoyable convertible sports car.
As expected, with the high price that is to be paid for this awesome car, the standard features include the COMMAND system with voice activation, a seven-inch display with navigation and Bluetooth streaming, a hard disc much storage disc drive, an in-dash six-disc CD changer and audio system with an iPod interface, Designo leather seating, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, bi-xenon headlights, dual zone climate control, a neck heating system and a removable wind deflector. All these awesome features are the highest grade possible in the luxury sport car class. Anyone enjoying the great benefits of the SLS-Class will find themselves enjoying the feeling of some excellent brand loyalty to this awesome car.
The optional equipment found on the SLS-Class adds some great performance-based features that help to make the ride even more exhilarating and enjoyable. This list includes a full set of carbon-ceramic brakes, an eleven-speaker /1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen surround sound audio system, a carbon fiber trim package, specialty exterior paint colors and the AMG Performance Media option that measures the car’s performance data and race results when on the track. With this last feature the race level results are displayed on the screen for the driver to view and brag about with their crowd of luxury sports car friends.
The SLS AMG GT Final Edition coupe comes in at a price that starts over $206,000 and the roadster will ask for a price that exceeds $213,000. Because of the size of the engine and the performance, the car will also require payment of a $2,000 gas-guzzler tax, and adding optional features will increase this already high price by quite a bit but gains excellent top level features. This pricing comes in very comparable with the competition mentioned and makes the SLS AMG GT Final Edition one of the most enjoyable, exciting and high-end luxury rides on the road today.