If you were one of those kids in high school in high school who got picked on for being smart, and never got to date a cheerleader. chances are good you applied yourself in college to become a successful lawyer, doctor or accountant. Chances are also good that you’ve managed to balance your finances well, and now that your 20th high school reunion is looming, you’re looking for the ideal ride to show up with your former-supermodel-wife in. Look no further, because nothing says “I’m more successful than you” quite like the roadster version of Mercedes-Benz’s SLS AMG.
Don’t even ask how much it costs, because Mercedes-Benz hasn’t released that data just yet. We do know that the topless version of the SLS AMG comes with an aluminum spaceframe body, a 563 horsepower, 6.3-liter V8 and a dual clutch transmission, and we also know it’s capable of hitting a top speed of 197 miles per hour, although I don’t think I’d want to attempt that with the top down.
As for technology and amenities, think “best of everything” and you get the picture. There’s Mercedes’ “Airscarf” technology to keep the back of your neck warm on cold days. There’s heated leather seats, of course, but even the rollover bars are leather trimmed and designed specifically to reduce cockpit turbulence. The audio system is from none other than Bang and Olufsen, and AMG’s Performance Media telemetrics system will give you real time data on engine horsepower and torque, 0-60 or quarter mile acceleration time, lateral and linear acceleration and a handy lap timer.
If you want one, now is the time to lay your money down at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. Deliveries will begin this fall, which should be just in time for high school reunion season.