Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (2010)

In brief

After the critically panned SLR McLaren, the guys and girls from Mercedes-Benz are fighting back with the SLS AMG that reprises the gull-wing doors from one of the company's most famed vehicles, the 300SL.

Due for limited local sales from the middle of this year, the SLS AMG will come with a sticker price of -- wait for it -- AU$464,000 after GST and the luxury car tax, but before dealer and on-road costs.

Powered by a 6.2-litre V8, the SLS has 420kW of power and 650Nm of torque on tap. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Driven gently and with restraint bordering on the saintly, the SLS AMG can sip 13.3L/100km. With the pedal to the metal, just as the motoring gods intended, it will drink considerably more whilst rocketing you from zero to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 317km/h.

The company has yet to make official the local feature list, but we'd be gobsmacked to see it without the Comand APS entertainment and navigation system, as well as a full complement of safety gear.

Outlook

If there's a lazy half-a-million dollars weighing your pockets down, you'll have to get in quick, because according to Mercedes-Benz Australia, the 2010 allocation is almost accounted for.