Mercedes SL: the rare car you have to hunt down

I love the SL 55 AMG, which was only briefly on my radar, despite the fact that many showrooms currently display it. These are cars you have to hunt around for. A new Mercedes…

Mercedes SL: the rare car you have to hunt down

I love the SL 55 AMG, which was only briefly on my radar, despite the fact that many showrooms currently display it. These are cars you have to hunt around for.

A new Mercedes (formerly Smart) SL75 AMG, with a three-litre engine and two-wheel drive ($152,275), premiered this week at the Geneva Auto Show. It’s the first AMG to be offered in a high-performance package.

I’m a big fan of the SL. The old SS version was the dream car of mine. “I like to race them in the desert,” I said to my boss a few years ago. “Seriously.”

It looked a bit strange in my garage, with a huge power plant slathered in tires, but it never disappointed when the tachometer screamed into another terminal and the tires turned into tires again and it zoomed away. The BMW M3 was another big car I owned a few years ago, also, but there were so many of those I chose to open my own little garage, where you can really feel like you’re owning a five-million-dollar piece of art.

There’s a thing of beauty in having the two-wheel drive version of the Mercedes SL, though, and this new one is no exception. It’s great to drive, which is an important consideration, especially for people who love driving. Being able to push a car to its limits while enjoying the wind in your hair and a breeze on the wind chimes, thanks to its driving mode, the comfort mode, the zero torque mode, the grip mode, the hair-raising thriller mode, and the mode that launches you forward like an angry beast are all here to help you get the most out of your SL.

The biggest detail on the inside of the SL is that Mercedes has given the key fob the tiny smiley face rather than the standard smiley face. When you shift into the comfort drive mode, the engine time is incredibly slow, which can make you feel impatient or cranky. In your hair-raising thriller mode, I didn’t feel like I was spinning out, at least not in my SL.

Enjoy your meat, Mercedes.

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