2011 Mercedes SLS AMG

Made to evoke the 300SL Gullwing, the new Mercedes follows the tradition with…gullwing doors.  The cabin ison the tight side, with some impared visibility and the care is big making tight parking spaces a challenge.  But it has a 6.2L AMG V8 pushing 571hp and 479 ft-lbs. of torque and a 0-60mph of 3.8 seconds.  The seven-speed gearbox, with paddle shifters, is a bit slow on the changes, and the automatic setting is a bit twitchy on which gears it selects.  The suspension is very well designed, however, with electronic traction control that is superlative.

The body is lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber and has a curb weight a bit over 3500 lbs.  And it looks incredible.  Did I mention gullwing doors?

PM: +2   RED: 2   CRUS: 90   MAX: 197   RNG: 200   FCE: 2   STR: 7   COST: $500,000

GM Information:  The SLS AMG gains another +1EF on safety maneuver checks.