Clarkson on the Merc SLS AMG
JC hates the doors and the ride, but that doesn’t stop him wanting to head straight to a Mercedes dealer to buy one...
Posted: 05 May 2011
The SLS is very fast. Zero to 60 is dealt with in 3.8 seconds. Flat-out, you'll be doing 195. And on a real road? Well, providing the real road in question is wide enough, I can think of absolutely nothing which could keep up. Not with that 'box. Not with that steering. And certainly not with that 563bhp, 480 torques, superlight 6.2-litre V8.
This is the opposite of a grand tourer. It's an out-and-out racer. Edgy. Nervous. Noisy. You need to be careful with the throttle coming out of the corners because despite the 295/30s on the back, and the traction control system, it will misbehave. And with that engine on full chat, no one can hear you scream.