According to more than a quarter of a million readers, "Bild am Sonntag", "Auto Bild" and 25 associated European publications awarded the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing is the world's best super sports and received the "Golden Steering Wheel" -- one of the most important automotive awards in Europe.
Eleven sports cars competed for this award, but it appears that almost one third of all votes were cast in favour of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
The new German sports car evokes memories of the the legendary 300 SL "Gullwing" sports car of the 1950s but excels when it comes to lightweight construction, superior driving dynamics and exemplary safety.
The SLS AMG is powered by the AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid-engine with dry sump lubrication capable to deliver 420 kW/571 hp and 650 newton metres of torque while connected to a seven-speed double-declutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement and a sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones it can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h in just in 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 317 km/h.
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG can be already ordered and will hit the dealerships from 16 November 2009. The purchase price is 177,310 EUR (incl. 19 % VAT); the market launch commences in spring 2010.
The new Gullwing model is continuing a fine tradition in winning the "Golden Steering Wheel" award: with a total of 18 victories to date, Mercedes-Benz is among the most successful car brands in the competition for the "Golden Steering Wheel".