Mercedes Benz SLS Roadster AMG
The way I see it if you have just under £180,000 to buy a supercar there's a number of things that will be on your checklist; Is it fast? Does it have a prestigious badge? Does it look incredible? Will the ladies wet themselves when you roar your engine at the lights?
In the case of the Mercedes Benz SLS Roadster AMG the answer to all of the questions above are YES. There really is no other car that you should consider if you're set on spending under £180k, because it offers superb quality and speed.
The Mercedes Benz SLS Roadster AMG isn't a supercar. It's a hypercar. It's got a 6.2-litre V8 engine that produces a whopping 563 bhp and 479 lb /ft of torque, and manages an official 0-62mph time of 3.8sec topping out at 197 mph. Unlike the Coupe, the Roadster has a retractable roof, so you can show the world the man behind the wheel of the car that's dreamt about by children all over the world. In their quest to keep the handling sublime in the SLS Roadster versus the Coupe version, Mercedes have over-engineered the rigidity process; the roadster actually handles and grips better than the Coupe, which is more than welcome on a warm summers day when B roads and tracks look as tasty as an ice cold glass of water.
Open up the throttle in the SLS and you'll be smashed back in to your seat by what feels like a hammer. Change up, and the exhaust pops and the engine snarls. Settle back down, lift the roof up, and the SLS transforms in to a GT car. It's comfortable, despite the roof there's negligible road / wind noise, and the seats are possibly the best ever created by Mercedes.
It really is a stunning car the SLS. The front is aggressive with a swooping bonnet and the sides feature which air intakes like the Mercedes McLaren. The rear end features two huge rear exhausts and a retracting spoiler for braking. Inside, the optional crème leather seats are perfectly set up for driver involvement and the centre console is a mixture of top quality metals and carbon fibre. It mixes sportiness and luxury perfectly, and it's perhaps the best looking Mercedes ever made. A future classic? I think it will be.
For £950 less than the SLS you could have a McLaren MP4-12C, a car so fast that it will make you soil yourself. It's not in the same league as the SLS AMG comfort or style wise, but it's a better track car and the noise produced is very much formula one versus muscle car. The SLS AMG is more appealing for me because it's simply beautiful in a way the MP4 can't match. It's also more comfortable and far more poster friendly. The SLS Roadster is a car of dreams. If you can buy one, do.