The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is singing its swan song with one last iteration – The Mercedes-Benz SLS GT Final Edition. No, it won’t go out quietly, it is going out kicking, screaming and spitting fire. 350 people will put extra locks on their garages, not just to keep prying eyes out, but to keep this naturally-aspirated sonorous beast in.
The Final Edition SLS has 591 horsepower, just like a standard car, which has nothing to prove to anyone. With a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine, 479 pound-feet of torque, 0-60 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph, the SLS is certainly a Herculean vehicle. To differentiate it from the “regular” SLS, the Final Edition will wear a black carbon fiber hood, mirror housings and front splitter. A redesigned bumper with blacked out light surrounds, special brakes and a monster of a rear spoiler.
The departure of the SLS will also signal the departure of one of the finest hammers ever crafted – the M159 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8. This metal thunderstorm will be sorely missed, but it leaves us salivating over what might be next.
With all the hype and fanfare surrounding this car, it’s unsure why it is leaving as quickly as it accelerates. Low sales volume? High production costs? Slim profit margin? We don’t yet know. Its sudden exit does, however, cement its position as a modern classic. The Ford GT came by for a three-year stint. The BMW M1 hung in there for four years. The Porsche 959 and Ferrari F40, the grandparents of the group, dwelt among us for a handful of years (four and five, respectively). The SLS joins this elite group by spending only four years with us.
We will certainly enjoy the time we have left with this fantastic car, cherish every variant – gas and electric – and await an explanation for its untimely end.