|EPA Est. MPG||16|
|Drive Train||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Curb Weight||3573 lbs|
It's all too easy to get caught up in the gullwing door feature of the new 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. In fact, this entire road test could focus on nothing more than the design, construction, use of and reaction to these exotic doors and be quite entertaining. But that would ignore the truly unique aspects of this Mercedes-Benz AMG model. Much better to simply state that the doors are a beautiful example of form following function, with no real issues regarding clearances or entry/exit difficulty, and move on to the good stuff.
See, the gullwing doors, though highly compelling, are far from being the most impressive part of the SLS AMG's total package. The real magic of this vehicle starts when the doors are closed, the 563-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 engine is fired up and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is set in Sport Plus mode.
Said transmission is mounted at the back of the drivetrain, between the rear wheels, to shift weight toward the rear of the car. And all of this performance technology resides in a lightweight aluminum shell (weighing just 532 pounds before assembly) that rides on an independent double-wishbone suspension.
Of course, one would expect an exotic car with such a pedigree to deliver world-class driving performance. And it does. But the real treat we discovered while enjoying Mercedes' SLS is what it delivers when not accessing those ultimate performance capabilities.
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What options are available on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG?
Available Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2011 Submodel Types: Convertible, Coupe
Available Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG 2011 Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Iridium Silver Metallic, AMG Imola Grey
Interior Colors: designo Black leather, designo Classic Red leather
Popular Features: Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Aux Audio Inputs, Back-up camera, Blind Spot Monitoring, Bluetooth, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Pre-collision safety system, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, Soft Top, Upgraded Stereo
Engine/Mechanics: 8 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: rear wheel drive
Used 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Overview
The used 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is offered in the following submodels: Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (6.2L 8cyl 7AM). Pre-owned SLS AMG models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The used 2011 SLS AMG comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual.