Car of the Week: Mercedes SLS AMG 2010

This week’s car of the week is something truly special, a stunning Mercedes SLS AMG 2010. Breathtakingly beautiful and amazingly quick, this is the perfect car for any petrolhead or car collector. Read on to find out why.

Mercedes SLS AMG - Front Left

Described by Mercedes-Benz as the ‘spiritual successor’ to the 300SL Gullwing, the SLS stands for Sport Light Super and it is the first Mercedes-Benz designed in-house by AMG. The car was designed as part of a gullwing revival by Mark Fetherstone, with the wing doors swinging open on gas struts. With Mercedes being Mercedes, however, when designing the doors they didn’t only think about style. As a result, the doors can only be closed manually, as it was deemed that including an auto-close system would add over 40kg to the car, lowering its top speed.

Mercedes SLS AMG - Side

What’s even more unbelievable about the doors, however, is the safety. Many originally feared that in the event of a crash (God forbid in such a beautiful car), the doors would make it impossible for the driver to get out if the car flipped. Mercedes, however, were one step ahead, and the car’s doors are fitted with exploding bolts. This means that 10-15 milliseconds after a detected rollover, explosive bolts situated at the top of the door frame would fire and bell cranks would separate the doors from the car for easy exit. You wouldn’t want to try them out but how cool is that?

Mercedes SLS AMG - Grill

Compared to the Mercedes-Benz SL, the SLS AMG is considered to be far sportier and track-orientated. To compound this, the SLS’s 6.2l V8 engine is the same one as the famous C63 AMG, a saloon car which is known for its incredible pace. With 563 bhp and 650nm of torque under the bonnet, the SLS AMG can travel from 0-60 in a mere 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 197 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest road cars Mercedes-Benz have ever produced.

Mercedes SLS AMG - 6.3 litre

Amazingly, this car has covered only 2,552 miles to date and must be one of the most pristine available in the UK. Finished in bright silver metallic, the car has been garaged since purchase and has never seen the rain. If you’re interested, check out the full listing here.

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