2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Review

As the successor to the 300 SL, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is one of the most sought-after Mercedes-Benz models by car collectors. What makes this car special?

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS exterior

Aggressive yet sensual is the right word to draw the front fascia of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The elongated shape of the hood makes this car feel sensual with the curves in the sides and the powerdome curves in the hood. From the front bumper, you can see the Bi-Xenon headlight which is positioned together with the LED turn indicator and LED daytime running lights on the vertical frame to align the design with the side air intake. In the area of the radiator grille, there is the Mercedes-Benz logo dominating a large area accompanied by wing-shaped cross fins. At the rear of the front bonnet there is a pair of air outlet grilles with 2 flaps on the left and right. which enhance the aggressive character of the front end of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Mercedes-Benz and AMG engineers build the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG with a body posture of 4,638 mm x 1,939 mm x 1,252 mm with an elongated front format. As a ‘lot’ of Mercedes-Benz 300 SL sports cars in the 1950s era. This has an impact on weight distribution of 47% for the front and 53% for the rear.

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS exterior

Mercedes-Benz features a firm curve on the side of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. This is intended to accentuate the position of the side air vent with two fins, as well as the “6.3” logo in the middle of the fin as a marker of the figure of the mechanical heart that is located inside the chamber of the front hood. To access the cockpit, you can guess that this car has a door that opens up, aka ‘gullwing door’ with the door handle lever at the bottom and it will be hidden when the car is locked or in operating condition.

At the rear of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG it features an aerodynamic innovation in the form of a retractable aerodynamic profile that will open at a speed of 120 km / h to improve the car’s aerodynamics. Mercedes-Benz uses LED technology in the taillights that are designed in a slim horizontal frame format. At the bottom of the bumper, there is an LED reversing light, which is designed to follow the style of an F1 race car, combined with a black diffuser insert and integral tailpipe trims.

A closer look inside the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS

Retro and modern nuances seem to play an important role in the attractive interior of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The combination of red and black leather accents combined with chrome accents on the edge of the air conditioning hole successfully brings a retro and nostalgic atmosphere to the dash space. Retro elements can be found in the classic-looking instrument cluster panel design. The Mercedes-Benz and AMG designers have also cleverly designed their bucket seats to be comfortable and luxurious, especially since each seat is upholstered in designo Nappa leather.

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS interior

In contrast, the modern impression is more pronounced by the presence of a detailed instrument cluster in the form of a monochrome display with LED indicator lights to indicate upshift timing. The AMG Performance steering wheel comes standard with paddle shifter mount and a multi-function button. The center instrument features a 7-inch COMAND APS infotainment screen with Linguatronic and Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system, as well as a THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control adjustment button.

Features of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS

The driving control center for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is located in the AMG Drive Unit. On the buttons located in the center console made of metal, there are buttons for setting the driving mode as required, buttons for the Keyless-Go start button, ESP® functions, extendable rear spoiler and AMG memory function. The transmission lever of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG uses the E-SELECT selector lever which inspired by a lever on an aircraft.

On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz also ensures that driving technology related to driving safety remains available. Starting with the ADAPTIVE BRAKE system, the ASR, ESP®, ABS and BAS dynamic control systems. Furthermore, there is a passive safety system in the form of 8 airbags and a 3-point seat belt on each seat.

Performance 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS

The 6.3-liter DOHC V8 engine that is the life of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is exactly the same as the C63 AMG and E63 AMG. Although the displacement is the same as that of the other AMG family, the SLS AMG has more power, 571 hp at a maximum speed of 6800 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 4570 rpm engine speed.

Performance 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS

This machine has a unique front-middle position, where the engine is positioned just behind the front axle, which impacts front and rear 47:53 weight distribution. However, the powertrain is directed entirely to the rear wheels via a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT transmission. With a “monster” performance score, not bad if this car can go fast like a jet fighter with a score of 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of up to 197 mph.

Another positive aspect of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the character of the AMG sports suspension with a double wishbone format that is able to adapt to stability without reducing the effect of comfort. This car is capable of responding to handling with precision, so that the lane change process can be faster and more accurate.

Toby Archer

With experience as an automotive journalist since 2016 in well-known media, Toby has also tested various types of cars and visited world auto shows. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Hotwheels since early 2020

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