Benz takes flight
The Mercedes-Benz SLS is everyone’s dream machine, writes Paul Gover
NINETY minutes. That’s how long it takes to confirm the real-world impact of the Mercedes-Benz SLS. In that time no fewer than four people ask to have their picture taken alongside the Gullwing. There are also camera-phone shots in traffic, dozens of smiles and a couple of genuine double-takes.
‘‘I knew it was the Gullwing. I saw it from my office and I had to come and look. Could you take my picture with it?’’ one SLS fan says.
He already knows the car costs $464,000 — basic price, no options, no insurance — but he doesn’t remotely care. And that’s what dream machines are all about . . .
Anyone can complain about the tight passenger space, the small boot, the wonky back-end design and a dash that looks like every other Benz, but real people are gobsmacked by the Gullwing. It’s up there in Ferrari land as a Lotto winner’s dream machine.