A glorious swansong from Mercedes

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition is what it says it is, says Greg Kable in Autocar: the last of the modern-day Mercedes gullwing models, a “swansong” in a run of no more than 350 models, in both coupé and roadster body styles. And with this updated model, the car has “finally come of age”.

It is a significant improvement over earlier versions, providing a “more balanced blend of performance and handling and everyday usability”. It excels on the open road, darting into corners with great enthusiasm, and the performance figures put it “among some fairly exclusive machinery”: a 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 199mph.

The big V8 engine, the “main attraction” of the car, also has “one of the finest exhaust notes ever” – you’d buy it on the basis of its “hearty baritone rumble” alone.

It’s sad that we’re seeing the last of this incredible car, says Vijay Pattni on the Top Gear website. It’s somewhere between “hilarious and terrifying” to drive – plant your foot to the floor and you’ll soon be “giggling like you’re on heavy painkillers”.

It’ll cost you: £189k “is a fair whack”. But you won’t see another Mercedes supercar quite like this for a long, long time. “It is a lovely thing. A soul-affirming thing.”

Price: £189,080
0-62mph: 3.7 secs
Top speed: 199mph
Economy: 21.4mpg (combined)
Carbon: 308g/km
Engine: V8, 6208cc, petrol
Power: 583bhp at 6,800rpm
Torque: 479lb ft at 4,750rpm

Merryn

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