Although the relationship between Mercedes-Benz and AMG goes back 50 years, and they have been official partners for almost 25, the SLS-AMG was the first car designed in-house by the renowned performance tuners. The SLS Roadster and its Coupe sibling were viewed as spiritual successors to the iconic 300SL Roadster and Gullwing models of the 1950s, and immediately took over from the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren in 2010 at the high performance end of the Mercedes model range.
The SLS (Sport Leicht Super) was largely assembled by hand, and was powered by what was at the time the most powerful normally aspirated series production engine ever produced. Although based upon the proven (and already potent) 6.2 Litre V8, the engine was modified to such an extent that it was given a new M-series engine code by AMG. Extensive use of lightweight components, balancing, engine re-mapping and changes to the lubrication system enabled a mighty 583 horsepower to be extracted, which propelled the car to 60 mph in a mere 3.8 seconds and onward to a maximum of 197 mph.
In spite of its strong performance credentials, features such as the advanced traction control system, 175 litre boot capacity, heated seats, Thermotronic climate control system and high-speed hood – which took only 11 seconds to erect, and could be used up to speeds of 30 mph – made the AMG-SLS a genuine long distance GT car.
The car on offer today has covered a mere 1,600 kilometres with just one owner from new. It is a European specification car, with 7 speed semi-automatic transmission, Bi-Xenon headlights and full AMG/ Bang & Olufsen sound system. Finished in the classic Mercedes colour combination of Silver with black interior and hood, and recently serviced at 1,300 kilometres, it is ready to be enjoyed by the new owner and is sure to become a classic and a sound investment in the coming years. NOTE : Interested parties should be aware that VAT is payable on this vehicle at the local prevailing rate.