Ten Things We Learned This Week
Why a Merc SLS is cheaper than a black cab, what Jean-Claude Van Damme likes about Volvo trucks, and much much more
Posted: 18 Nov 2013
1. THE SLS MAY BE DEAD, BUT IT’S STILL CHEAPER THAN A BLACK CAB
MB says goodbye to its V8 gullwing with a ‘Final Edition’ this month.
We’re not quite sure why the SLS has died so soon, but it can’t be running costs. According to CAP data, the SLS costs a piffling £3.32 per mile*, which is £2.28 less than a London taxi – a black cab’s cheapest average mileage rate is £5.60.
A Top Gear Top Tip, then: if you’re a seasonal visitor from the Gulf states wishing to demonstrate the girth of your wallet, be seen in the back of a LTI TX1 next summer.
[*based on 36 month/36,000 mile period. Price includes fuel, insurance, servicing, VED, and assumes driver won’t smear it up a dry-stone wall]