Mercedes-Benz S-Class and SLS are the best cars of 2011

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 1, 2011

While the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is considered as the best vehicle in the luxury car segment, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has the distinction of being the best sports car. These were based on the survey conducted by German motoring magazine "Auto, Motor und Sport" on its readers.

The SLS in fact has been chosen as the "Best car of the year" in its particular category for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, the S-Class saloon has consistently been winning the award for a number of times over the past years. Indeed, the awards more than confirm that these cars from the Stuttgart-based automaker deserve to be at their illustrious position.

The German-based motoring magazine started its poll for the "Best cars of the year" back in 1977. For 2011, at least 90,000 of its readers participated in the survey to determine the year’s best cars.

This year, the magazine editors made their readers choose from a selection of 315 vehicles grouped in ten different categories, including 40 brand-new vehicles. Under the luxury car category, the S-Class has been awarded first place for a number of times in the past. This achievement is in recognition of the already outstanding position that this best-selling luxury saloon has had for many years.

Some outstanding features of this famed saloon include the unmatched state-of-the-art technology and the high comfort level it provides especially on long journeys. Under the sports car category, readers named the SLS AMG as its top choice.

This same super sports car had won the "Best sports car of the year" in 2010, the year it first joined the list. The SLS AMG has the gull-wing doors. Its exciting design brings back to mind the 300 SL, the stuff of sporting legend during the 1950s.

Not only does this super sports car manage to impress everyone with the amazing technology but it also has other superb features like the its aluminium spaceframe body shell. Powering this already robust car is the 6.3-liter AMG front-mid V8 engine that utilizes dry sump lubrication and delivers 420 kW, around 571 hp, of power and maximum torque at 650 Nm.

It is paired with the dual-clutch seven-speed transmission arranged in a transaxle configuration with a responsive sport suspension that has the double-wishbone axles in aluminum. It is because of this combination that the SLS AMG is able to raise driving dynamics to its highest level.

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Grand “auto, motor und sport” readers' vote: The S-Class and SLS are the best cars of 2011

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the best car in the luxury class, and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the best sports car. This is the result of a readers' survey by the major German motoring magazine "auto, motor und sport". For two years in succession, the SLS has therefore been voted the "Best car of the year" in its category. The S-Class saloon has likewise won this coveted award several times in recent years. This confirms that these cars from Stuttgart enjoy an exalted position.

The motoring magazine "auto, motor und sport" has been conducting its vote for the "Best cars of the year" since 1977. This time more than 90,000 readers took part in the longstanding survey to decide the best cars of 2011. This year the editors of "auto, motor und sport" gave their readers a choice between 315 vehicles in ten categories, among them 40 brand-new candidates.

In the luxury car category the readers voted the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in first place, as numerous times before. This was in recognition of the exceptional position that the world's best-selling luxury saloon has occupied for several decades. The shining attributes of this prestigious saloon include a high level of comfort on long journeys and innovative technology that is unrivalled anywhere.

In the sports car category the readers of "auto, motor und sport" gave first place to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. This super sports car was already able to win the vote for "Best sports car of the year" when it first entered the lists in 2010.

With its exciting design and gull-wing doors, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG harks back to that sporting legend of the 1950s - the 300 SL. The super sports car also dazzles with its exquisite technology which includes such highlights as an aluminium spaceframe body shell, AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication as well as a 420 kW (571 hp) and 650 Nm of torque, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement and a responsive sports suspension with aluminium double-wishbone axles. This unique high-tech combination helps to guarantee the highest level of driving dynamics.

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