2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster Long-Term Road Test

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: Supercar Monday

August 16, 2013

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

There are a lot of reasons I love L.A. This is one. On just some idle Monday on my way home in our 2012 Mercedes SLS, I happened upon this fine example. A Lamborghini Countach 5000 S.

Truth be told, I was never much of a Lamborghini fanatic growing up. My mid-1980s dream cars were a Porsche 959, Ferrari Testarossa and even a classic 427 Cobra. I was more interested in the entry-level Jalpa over a Countach. But seeing this black wedge cruising east on the 10 Freeway was pretty special.

But let's look at what we thought a supercar was back then.

The Countach 5000S had a 4.75-liter V12 that made 375 horsepower. To put that into perspective, today's 5.0 Mustang makes 420 hp. The SLS AMG I was in churns out 563 hp. Yes, we have come a long way, indeed.

But is it just numbers that make a supercar? Of course not. A supercar has to look the part, and this Lambo most certainly dressed for the occasion. The SLS styling, to me, always looked like it was balanced between regular and supercars. Sure, it's got a ridiculously long hood for the proportions of the car, but it doesn't look as bonkers as supercars should. A gullwing coupe certainly has more presence with the doors up, but even then, it's not all that super.

Nowadays, we've got the Ferrari La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Lamborghini Aventador. Now those are supercars.

What say you? Does the SLS AMG qualify as a super car?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 28,593 miles

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