Photos: Zerin Dube & John Kucek
The idea of removing the roof from a supercar is about as heretic a concept for diehard auto enthusiasts as scalping a baby bunny would be to a card-carrying PETA member. Hence the personal crisis I’ve been having in the days since driving two of 2012’s most over-the-top topless sportsters: the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, and the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible. What I’m grappling with, as an enthusiast, is the thought that truthfully, I’d rather have either of these beasts in drop-top form than their coupe counterparts. Blasphemy? Read on to decide for yourself.
Mercedes-Benz will be pulling the wraps off the all-new 2013 SL550 at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next month. This next-generation SL now features a structure made almost entirely of aluminum, making it considerably lighter than the outgoing model. MB says that the 2013 SL550 weighs about 275 pounds less than the car would if built of a traditional steel structure. Considering that the SL name stands for “sporty, lightweight”, this is a major improvement over the rather portly outgoing model. Combine that with more horsepower and better efficiency and the 2013 SL550 is certainly starting to live up to its original name. Read More
Photos by Zerin Dube/Emily Price, Video by Matt Hardigree/Adrian Melendez
Here at Speed:Sport:Life, we have a nasty habit of coming up with answers to questions nobody had bothered to ask. Whether we’re autocrossing an Accord Crosstour or comparing a Ferrari to a Mustang, we inevitably find a way to alienate anyone with a lick of common sense.
This time however, we performed a comparison test that on the surface seems completely ludicrous. But a deeper look at this comparison reveals that this is the question that everyone buying these vehicles should be asking: How do $100k+ luxury hot-rod off-roaders actually perform, well, off-road?
Mercedes-Benz has released several photos of the upcoming SLS AMG ahead of the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. A full press release has not been issued yet, but the information we do know is that the SLS features 300SL-inspired styling including the signature Gullwing doors. Power will come from a 563-horsepower 6.3-liter V8, and will propel the SLS to 60 in 3.7 seconds and reach terminal velocity at 197 mph.
We’re a bit torn on the styling, but one thing is for sure…the SLS stands out amongst the flood of Lotus Evora look-alikes in the supercar world.
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With the 2009 New York Auto Show just around the corner, we’re starting to get a glimpse of the vehicles that will be shown. One such vehicle that will be shown is this all-new Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, which features the monster 6.2-liter V8 engine found in other recent AMG models. This new E63 gets an 11 horsepower bump from the outgoing model to 518, and torque is bumped up to a very substantial 465lb-ft.
The new E63 will also sport the new seven-speed dual clutch SpeedShift transmission that found its way into the SL63 roadster. Mercedes-Benz claims that this reduces fuel consumption by 12%, and makes driving a whole hell of a lot more fun. Suspension wise, the E63 gets AMGRIDE CONTROL which is Mercedes’ fancy word for electronically controlled damping system.
While we here at S:S:L are a bit split on the new E-Class design direction, we all agree that we can’t wait to get one of these on a road course.
Full E63 AMG Wallpaper Gallery (1440×960) after the Jump