The AMG-designed Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and went on sale a year later. While it effectively replaced the SLR McLaren on the production line, its makers saw the car more as a spiritual successor to the 1950s-vintage 300SL.
However while this front-engined two-seater offers a similarly breathtaking design — replete with broad radiator grille and distinctive ‘gullwing’ doors — to that of its prized predecessor, the family resemblance largely ends there. With its all-aluminum construction, automatically-deployed rear spoiler, Formula One-style LED reversing lights, and chrome tailpipes, the cutting-edge coupe would seem manifestly other-worldly to the 1950s icon’s original occupants.
Moreover the SLS AMG’s 6.2-liter V8 manages to crank out a thoroughly modern 563 bhp — power that is willingly relayed to its rear wheels by an AMG dual-clutch seven-speed sports transmission. This enables the 3,600-lb car to hit 60 in 3.7 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 197 mph (free of its hi-tech shackles, it can reach well over 200 mph).
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