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Old 07-16-2009, 10:10 AM
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Lightbulb First Drive: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

First Drive: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

We take Mercedes-Benz's latest gullwing for a flight around Germany's Sachsenring track.We're flat-out on Germany's Sachsenring race track in the new Mercedes SLS AMG, chassis number 00045, a mildly camouflaged pre-production model. Ahead is an SL65 AMG Black Series--twin-turbo V-12, 670 hp, 738 lb-ft of torque--driven by Tobias Moers, head of AMG's r&d division, seasoned race instructor and today's pace-setter. Filling his mirrors, our red gullwing keeps pushing harder and harder, even though its normally aspirated 6.2-liter V-8 is rated at a comparably modest 571 hp and 479 lb-ft. The Sachsenring has plenty of slow corners, lots of climbs and descents, two long straights and two very fast and very blind fourth-gear bends.


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Old 07-16-2009, 10:46 AM
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Looks like its shaping up to be a winner. Although I disagree with one thing the author said.

".....and in a car this sporty, the shift paddles should be attached to the column--not the wheel."

I hate column mounted shift paddles. If you turn the wheel they become inaccessible as opposed to ALWAYS having them at your fingertips (Literally)
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