“Final Edition” is a perfect end to the SLS AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz uses so many letters and acronyms in its model names that it’s pretty easy to lose track of what’s what. This car, however, deserves all of them.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition represents, well, the end of the SLS AMG GT. And the car is so impressive that Mercedes-Benz just unveiled it at two auto shows simultaneously: the Tokyo Motor Show and Los Angeles Auto Show.

Unfortunately, don’t expect to see many on the road: only 350 will be made worldwide, so it’s safe to say that most will end up in the hands of collectors, and in auto-temperature controlled garages, safe from the damage of roads.

And that turns out to be a shame, because under the exhilarating body of the SLS AMG GT Final Edition is a purring 6.3-liter V-8 that pumps out 583 hp and 479 lb.-ft. of torque.

Since the Final Edition is not too different than the SLS AMG GTs that came before it, the most noticeable aspect is the exterior. The hood is made of exposed carbon fiber, and the rest of the car is touched with subtle (and at times gloriously not so subtle) pieces of it as well. The carbon fiber isn’t just for aesthetics, however; it addition to saving weight (an issue with the SLS), the carbon fiber hood, carbon fiber rear spoiler, and carbon fiber front splitter dramatically improve downforce. Throw in the AMG forged wheels in a gorgeous matte black, and the Final Edition is as sexy as it fun to drive.

It’s a fun change of pace to see Mercedes-Benz have a special edition vehicle so focused on performance. From the aerodynamic touches, to the high-revving engine, there’s no denying that the SLS AMG GT Final Edition is more supercar than luxury car. But, as with all of Mercedes-Benz’s forays into high performance vehicles, it’s a perfect blend of each.


Photo Credit: Newspress

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