The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a front-engine, 2-seater luxury, limited production supercar developed by Mercedes-AMG and was the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed totally in-house by AMG. The car was the successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and was described by Mercedes-Benz as a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. SLS stands for “Sport Leicht Super” (Sport Light Super). The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was assembled largely by hand, with its chassis and aluminium body shell produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria and then transferred to Sindelfingen, Germany for assembly, with its engine being hand built by AMG in Affalterbach, Germany.
The SLS AMG was the first Mercedes-Benz designed and built from scratch entirely by AMG, which was given a clean sheet to execute and build its own car design from the ground up. Upon its introduction the SLS AMG’s 563 hp M159 engine was according to AMG “the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated production series engine” ever produced. The SLS AMG was also Mercedes-Benz’s last naturally aspirated engine. With the passing of the SLS AMG’s M159 monster engine, and the less potent version used in the C63 AMG, the lower output M156 version, the M152 engine used in the SLK55 AMG, is the only remaining naturally aspirated engine in the Mercedes-Benz production lineup. To quote one publication, “The years of the naturally aspirated V8 brutes are over, with Mercedes AMG adopting the downsizing trend.” However, Mercedes could not part with this remarkable engine entirely, so when it came to its GT3 race car, it elected to stick with its top of the line, naturally aspirated 6.3 litre engine.
COMAND APS, Media interface, AMG Ride Control sports suspension, 19″/20″ AMG alloy wheels, Alcantara roof liner, Airscarf neck level heating, Reversing camera with guidance lines, Designo leather, Alcantara roof liner, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Anti-theft warning system and immobiliser, AMG aluminium trim, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Daytime running lights, Adaptive brake lights, DAB digital radio tuner, Electrically folding exterior mirrors.
This striking Roadster emits an impressive road presence, finished in a beautiful coat of Obsidian black metallic. The convertible roof operates completely as intended with no evidence of any wear to the covering whatsoever. The paintwork retains its deep glossy finish from factory, complimenting the sharp bonnet louvres and imposing quarter vent gills.
The chrome double exit exhaust, adjustable rear wing and bold 6.3 designation offer some visual stimuli beyond the elegant lines of AMG’s first in house design.
Boarding of the SLS is a truly first class affair with the cabin adorned in leather and aluminium. Both the single and double white contrasting stitching leads an elegant map line around the dash and door cards; perfectly presented with no fraying or distortion.
The seats maintain excellent original integrity whilst the AMG branded aluminium entry sills and surrounding padding are remarkably clean and free of marks or grazing.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
In its ultimate specification, the M156 engine is at its most brash and its most potent in the SLS. With a number of driving modes at your disposal the character always remains – one of depth and intent with ferocious noise upon load that concludes with pops and bangs on the overrun. Sports plus or Manual override modes are the SLS sweet spot, at its visceral best, although equally the comfort setting boasts excellent damping and refinement. It has a gorgeous bass-laden rumble under full throttle, and when combined with the roof lowered the amazing 6.3-litre V8 engine roar enters the cabin at every opportunity.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The optional diamond cut 5 spoke design wheels compliment the Obsidian black metallic with distinction; sharp and bright against the faultless paintwork. Wrapped in designation Dunlop Sport Maxx GT rubber the car is best placed to make the most of both wet and dry conditions, each tyre displaying excellent tread depth.
The AMG branded calipers show bright and clean with the steel brakes performing admirably on test with excellent pedal feel and modulation.
This SLS has been subject to meticulous servicing considering the minimal mileage, with the most recent being both Service A and B. With just two owners from new, it is presented with the original leather owner’s wallet containing all manuals alongside a spare key.
The car has just returned from MB Guildford for an annual service and is on the button and ready to go.
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