The Frankfurt floodgates have opened and we find ourselves in the midst of a deluge of supercars. This time we've received a batch of photos of Mercedes-Benz's revival of the 300SL Gullwing, the SLS AMG.
The SLS's real draw is its design homage to the 300SL Gullwing.
As far as the SLS is concerned, going fast doesn't mean going without creature comforts. The Comand APS entertainment, navigation and telephone system fitted to the SLS should be instantly familiar to anyone who's driven an C- or E-Class.
The gearbox features three driving modes for Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus, as well as an automated manual mode. 100km/h happens in a blistering 3.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 317km/h.
In Europe, the SLS will retail for €177,310 (AU$300,000). Thanks to our luxury car tax and small market, you can expect the price to rise considerably when it goes on sale here in the middle of next year.
As we've mentioned already, the SLS AMG is inspired by the 300SL. The original car's reputation lay not just with its distinctive gullwing doors, but also its performance in racing, as well as its advanced technology, like its aluminium construction and direct injection engine.
While the doors on the modern day SLS are partially a stylistic and marketing ploy, the gullwing design on the original was required because the 300SL's tubular chassis precluded the use of normal swing-out doors.