LA Auto Show Spotlight: 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition

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Mercedes-SLS-FinalWhat is it?

As the name says, this is the last gullwing Mercedes we’ll see for a long time. It’s only been four years since the car debuted, but top-flight supercars like the SLS don’t have long lives.

Why should you care?

This is the most fun you can have with a supercar, and it’s not just because of the swing-up doors. The 6.2-liter V8 engine is maniacal. The sound is holier than the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the big-bore V8 scares pedestrians at full roar. It’s a better engine than anything in the AMG lineup, which is moving entirely to turbocharging due to more stringent emissions regulations.

Those engines sound a bit muffled, but in the SLS, all 583 horsepower spools out freely without any restriction whatsoever. The Final Edition carries on with the stiffer suspension of the GT model and adds an unpainted carbon fiber hood and spoiler from the Black Series model, diamond-stitched leather seats and special badges. Only 350 will be made.

What’s not to like?

The fact that this car is leaving without so much as a mid-cycle styling refresh is just sad. There is no successor, either, but AMG has plans for a smaller sports car in the next year. But let’s not overlook the painful feeling of watching this car breathe its last year on the production line. The SLS will be missed, and the next car had better be great because comparisons will be made.

How much?

The SLS AMG GT Final Edition goes on sale in March in both coupe and roadster styles. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect it to sticker around $230,000.

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Clifford Atiyeh

Clifford Atiyeh

Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Based in Connecticut, he writes for BestRide, Car and Driver, The Boston Globe and other publications.