All cars can be placed on a continuum that ranges from practical transportation to flamboyant plaything. Near the exotic end of that range is where you’ll find the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. One look at this luxury sports car from Mercedes’ performance-oriented AMG division, and the resemblance to the brand’s iconic mid-1950s-era 300SL coupe is unmistakable. From the long hood and short rear deck to the coupe’s distinctive vertically opening doors that gave that original model its “Gullwing” nickname, the SLS AMG’s styling pays homage to that classic model while still managing to be fresh and contemporary.
While its appearance is less showy than many candy-colored supercars, don’t let its understated design fool you. With its powerful, hand-built 6.2-liter V8, near-perfect weight distribution and massive disc brakes, this classy coupe and roadster offer a combination of uptown sophistication and thrilling performance that earn it a place among the flashiest ultra-high-end sport coupes out there.