They were going so fast I didn't even have a second to figure out what make or model they may be, but my first taste of a “car spy” moment has me hooked. I feel like buying a telephoto lens and going and camping out on the hills above car factories and test tracks around the country. All I knew was that they had a LONG bonnet- two metres long I later found out.
A few weeks later I found these spy pics on the internet and to my surprise it turned out to the fabulous new Mercedes SLS.
One day I want to be as cool as the Top Gear team. To be able to drive the development car around the Nurburgring... but for now I will have to be happy with my chance encounter. The SLS is Mercedes' all-new supercar and the spiritual successor to the 1954 300SL.
The long bonnet hides a 6.3-litre V8 from the Mercedes C63 AMG which has been hotted-up. 571bhp and 479lb ft of torque. Seven-speed dual-clutch box. 62mph in 3.8 seconds. Top speed 197mph. Nearly as quick as the outgoing McLaren-Mercedes SLR 722.
The SLS is actually mid-engined, despite that LONG nose. The V8 sits in front of the cabin but so far behind the front axle that the SLS has slightly rear-biased weight distribution.
Wow, what a beautiful looking car. I would be hard pressed to choose the McLaren 12C over this (see my article on the McLaren).
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