Gullwing model wins in “super sports” category: SLS AMG wins readers’ poll “The sportiest cars of 2010”

Gullwing model wins in “super sports” category: SLS AMG wins readers’ poll “The sportiest cars of 2010”
June 2010
Affalterbach – Victory for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG over some strong competition. In the “ Sportiest cars of 2010” readers’ poll organised by the renowned car magazine sport auto, the gullwing model took the title in the “ super sports” section.
With no less than 17.2 percent of the votes cast, the SLS AMG left all the other
super sports cars trailing in its wake. The win – over 13 competitors from Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, the USA, Sweden and France – underlines just how popular the SLS AMG is amongst the readers.
The very best series-production and performance-tuned vehicles compete against each other on an annual basis in the sport auto readers’ poll; taking part this year were 260 vehicles in 25 categories. A total of 10,000 readers cast their vote. Not only did the super sports car from Mercedes-Benz win over the judges’ hearts – it was also victorious when put to the test. The AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication and 420 kW (571 hp) plus a torque of 650 newton metres, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with a transaxle configuration – not to mention its athletic double-wishbone sports suspension – add up to a unique high-tech blend, ensuring driving dynamics of the highest calibre.
These were very much in evidence at the “ super test”, too, which is very highly regarded amongst the sport auto readers and industry experts alike: a lap time of 7.40 minutes on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring is an impressive performance indeed. “Respect! The Mercedes sports brand AMG has put a magnificent machine on the road” was the reaction following sport auto’s “super test”.
Since its world premiere at the 2009 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main, the SLS AMG has already been showered with lots of major awards:
  • “Red Dot Design Award”
  • “iF product design award 2010”
  • Design Award 2010 (Auto Bild)
  • Plus X Award
  • “Golden Steering Wheel 2009” (Bild am Sonntag and Auto Bild)
  • “The Best Cars”, super sports car category (auto motor und sport)
  • “Auto Trophy 2009” and “Design Trophy” (Auto Zeitung)
  • “TOPauto 2010” (Motor Information Service)
  • “Best New Product 2009, International Motor Show in Frankfurt” (AutoScout24)
  • “GT Car of the Year” (Top Gear, GB)
  • “Best Dream Machine” (MotorWeek TV’s Driver’s Choice Award, USA)

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