The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is not a regular sedan. Even though Mercedes-Benz usually makes understated sedans that are known for innovation and reliability, it isn't exactly known for its sportier fare. This vehicle is full of power, sportiness, and enough gadgets to get the biggest racing fans out there drooling with excitement. One ride in this powerhouse is enough to get drivers addicted to its superb handling and roaring engine. There are very few vehicles on the market that can compare.
Body Styles: sport coupe
Engines: 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: Seven-speed automated manual
Models: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a brand new vehicle.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is one sexy looking coupe. Like a lot of coupes on the market, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is going for a classic look with a pinched-waist and smooth curves. Some of the sharper angles of the grille and front fascia give away that this is a modern vehicle however. Exterior features include 20-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent rain sensing wipers, rear defogger, power mirrors, heated exterior mirrors, rear spoiler, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, auto delay headlamps, and self-leveling headlights.
The interior of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is impressive from the moment you open the doors. The doors are the first impressive feature; they swing up instead of out, giving them a larger opening to squeeze into. The sill is a little bit large, reducing some of the effectiveness of this clever design. There isn’t a handle to close the door either, which somewhat exacerbates matters. Leather is hand-stitched throughout the cabin. The seats, dash and doors get this treatment. There is a lot of gear inside that is identical to that of the SLS, but there is a lot more brushed aluminum, giving the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG a sportier feel. There is a lot of legroom for the driver, but the front passenger has less legroom and feels a bit cramped. The trunk isn’t that large either, only measuring 6.2 cubic feet in space.
Standard features for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG include park-assist with a rearview camera, leather upholstery, microfiber suede headliner, power seats, heated seats, memory function, dual-zone climate control, COMAND interface for controls, navigation system, audio system with six-disc CD changer, satellite radio, and iPod integration. Optional features include an 11-speaker Bang and Olufsen audio system, leather- and suede-wrapped steering wheel, and an indoor car cover.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG comes equipped with a hand-built, 6.2-liter V-8 that produces an astonishing 563 horsepower with 479 pound-feet of torque. The engine is wed to a seven-speed automated manual clutch that has aluminum shift paddles with a choice of driving modes. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG can go zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds and run the quarter mile in 11.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 197 mph. Like almost all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a well-balanced car. It steers well, corners brilliantly, and performs more like a GT vehicle than and SLS. The stability control will keep drivers from going off the road, although some might find it a bit too intrusive for their liking.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG's suspension is a bit stiff, but it will still absorb most holes nicely. Ground clearance is pretty good on the SLS, meaning drivers won’t have to worry about scraping the underside going over bumps or into parking lots. The V-8 roars to life, giving that exhilarating growl when the torque is low. The seven-speed transmission works beautifully. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is another marvel of the Mercedes-Benz perfect German mechanics and attention to detail.
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has a lot of standard safety equipment. It comes equipped with stability and traction control, side airbags, head airbags, knee airbags, and the Mercedes-Benz Mbrace emergency system. The brakes work exceptionally well keeping stop time to a minimum. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG can stop in 98 feet from 60 mph, beating out most of the competition. Other safety features include four-wheel ABS, child seat anchors, ventilated disc brakes in the front and back, emergency brake assist, and turn signal mirrors. The government for crash safety has not tested the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Powerful engine and lovely growl
- Great handling
- Best braking capabilities
- Lots of safety features
- Door design
You Won't Like
- Weak transmission response
- Passenger legroom
- Tough to close doors
Proves that Mercedes-Benz has a team of wizard engineers at their beck and call.
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