Tally up the cost of options on Mercedes’ new SLS AMG and the tab will easily crest $60k, about 1/3 of the vehicle’s $183K base price. Items like Bang & Olufsen sound [$6,400] and a Carbon Ceramic braking system [$12,500] are among the many high end extras adding girth to the already hefty bottom line. If you must spend a bit more judiciously, skip the Carbon Fiber Engine Compartment Covers ($5,400) and opt for one of the two matte paints ($3,900) like the one pictured here turning onto Madison Avenue. The matte paints, offered in “designo magno Allanite Grey” and “AMG magno Sylvanite Grey”, really toughen things up next to the more traditional finishes. Mercedes also offers a $12,750 hue called “AMG Alubeam silver” that transforms SLS into something the Silver Surfer might drive. Mercedes says the new process is used nowhere else in the world and lets the paint shine like liquid metal. As Chris Rock used to say, “Good lord that’s a lot of money”
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However arresting, rumor has is that these Mercedes SLR McLarens (now out of production) were never terribly successful in the sales department. And that the flurry of special edition models (722, Roadster, 722 GT, 722 S, Stirling Moss) were merely an effort to spur consumer demand enough so that Mercedes could make good on their contractual production obligations with McLaren. Regardless, the car is a real stunner and appears right at home in front of the well-to-do St. Regis on East 55th. In an effort to steal share from the “entry level” Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world, Mercedes and McLaren have since decided to part ways in order to develop in house supercars of their own.
I found an ’06 with 815 miles on ebay for $120k in case you’re interested (they wanted nearly half a million for these when new).
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Mercedes wasn’t the first automaker to stuff a behemoth powerplant into the engine bay of an everyday passenger car. And they certainly won’t be the last. But their skunkworks AMG division has learned a thing or two over the years about transforming your mom’s luxury car into Satan’s drag racer. This Arctic White C63, based on the company’s best selling C-Class luxury car, was found loitering on Spring Street one sunny July afternoon.
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This might look like a mild mannered Lexus but it’s actually a 416 HP road rocket engineered to do battle against the likes of BMW M and Mercedes AMG divisions. It is tastefully distinguished from the base IS sedan with unique 10-spoke forged aluminum BBS wheels and pronounced breathing vents aft of the front fenders.