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2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/14/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG enters its final model year for 2015, and is now available in Final Edition form. This will be a limited run of 350 cars and is the last opportunity for buyers to order the SLS AMG. Final Edition models come standard with a carbon fiber hood with central air outlet, a carbon fiber front splitter and rear spoiler, and an exclusive set of alloy wheels with newly developed cup tires. The car's interior is also trimmed in designo exclusive leather upholstery and has diamond-stitch pattern. In addition, the silver contrast stitching, floor mats and seat belts, as well as a flat-bottom Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel with a silver marking at the 12 o'clock position.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a supercar available in convertible and coupe body styles. Its sole engine is a hand-built 6.2-liter V-8 with 583 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission mounted in the rear axle. Regardless of the body style, the SLS AMG achieves 13/19 mpg city/highway. Coupes are distinguished by their gullwing doors, which was inspired by the classic 300SL.


Performance is a 2015 SLS AMG strong point regardless of body style, with superb acceleration thanks to the powerful V-8 and the quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic. Handling is exceptional, with impressive agility for such a heavy supercar; however, it is not razor-sharp like a Porsche or a Ferrari. The car's excellent driving dynamics don't come at cost of ride quality when equipped with the AMG Dynamic Suspension, which makes it "feel no different than that of the SL550" in Sport mode. However, in Sport+, the most aggressive setting, the car's chassis is too rough and stiff for public roads and is best reserved for tracks.

Interior space is on the cozy side for the passenger and the driver; the seats, on the other hand, are comfortable with high-grade perforated leather. Build quality is good, with plenty of expensive touches such as the optional carbon fiber trim, Alcantara headliner, and convincing metallic-like gauges. However, the infotainment system and steering wheel detract from the car's upscale-feeling cabin because they look like they were pulled from other vehicles in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.

The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash tested the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

What We Think

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG offers distinctive styling and strong performance. In a 2013 First Drive review, we said that "the SLS is a car that bullies a road—or track—into submission" with gobs of power from its V-8 engine. Its driving dynamics, while sharp for its size, aren't as precise as some of its competitors since its rear slides out easily. Although the car's interior is well-appointed and plush, some key parts such as the steering wheel and infotainment system look out of place in such an exclusive supercar. In a 2012 First Test review, we said that the "some of the SLS' interior bits like the climate control, steering wheel, and COMAND interface are essentially pulled from other Benz models" and that the interior "doesn't scream "flagship." Additionally, the adjustable suspension doesn't really work well with Sport+ mode making the car extremely stiff as we noted in a 2013 First Test review.

You'll Like

  • Impressive performance and handling
  • Eye-catching exterior design and the coupe's gullwing doors
  • Upscale interior

You Won't Like

  • Tougher entry/exit thanks to those gullwing doors
  • Extremely rough ride in Sport+ mode

Key Competitors


4 star


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