Benz takes flight

The Mercedes-Benz SLS is ev­ery­one’s dream ma­chine, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Road Test -

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.

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