The manufacturer’s list price for the all-new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG stands at $464,000 for Australian customers, excluding dealer delivery and all on road costs.
Unfortunately, paying for the privilege of parking an SLS AMG in your own personal garage is likely to cost closer to $550,000 once charges such as GST, the Luxury Car Tax, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like are factored into the equation.
It would well be worth it however as this is the first and only super sports car independently developed in-house by AMG, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz, and pays homage to the iconic and highly collectible Mercedes-Benz 300 SL.
To put the final drive-away pricing into perspective, the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG carries a MLP of $129,400 (inc GST) but must also add $3,269.23 for dealer delivery (inc GST), a further $22,560.97 for the LCT, $974.96 for rego and CTP along with $6,865.00 for stamp duty, giving you a drive-away price of $163,070.16 - and that's before you have even looked at the options list.
Thankfully buyers may find comfort in the fact that the SLS AMG is powered by a highly-tuned version of the AMG 6208cc V8 engine developing 420kW at 6800rpm and 650Nm at 4750rpm - boasting a power-to-weight ratio of 3.86 kg/kW thanks also in part to the low vehicle weight.
Power is channelled to the rear wheels via an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission boasting rapid fast gear changes with virtually no loss of tractive force – in as little as 100 milliseconds.
With figures like that, it is not hard to believe the SLS AMG's quoted performance figures of zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 317 km/h.