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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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$94,431 — $183,923 USED
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2 Seats
17 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 4 reviews

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Stunning appearance

The Bad

  • Gull-wing doors complicate entry, exit
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • SLS AMG roadster debuts in late 2011
  • Coupe continues with gull-wing doors
  • 563-hp V-8
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Roadster at Roebling Road Raceway.

Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes representative in the supercar market is the SLS AMG. This two-person supercar has standout features that include gull-wing doors and a 563-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-8 engine. Competitors include the Bentley Continental GT and Lamborghini Gallardo.

New for 2012

An SLS AMG roadster joins the coupe late in calendar 2011. It has a power soft-top, conventional side doors, Mercedes’ Airscarf system and a removable wind deflector. A blind spot monitoring system is standard, and a three-mode AMG adaptive suspension is optional. 

Exterior
Mercedes says the design of the SLS AMG is meant to reinterpret the 300 SL, an iconic car most people recognize for its gull-wing doors. It's a design that features a long hood — nearly 6 feet long — and a short rear deck. Exterior features include:

  • Gull-wing doors
  • 19-inch front wheels
  • 20-inch rear wheels
  • Body and chassis made of aluminum


Interior
The interior is supposed to evoke the feel of an aircraft cockpit, and the numerous buttons on the center console certainly help with that. There is also a lot of metal and long, angular planes to carry over the aircraft theme. Interior features include:

  • Seat backrests made of magnesium, which is lightweight and strong
  • Airscarf system for roadster


Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 563 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque
  • Dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Expected to go from zero to ...
Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes representative in the supercar market is the SLS AMG. This two-person supercar has standout features that include gull-wing doors and a 563-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-8 engine. Competitors include the Bentley Continental GT and Lamborghini Gallardo.

New for 2012

An SLS AMG roadster joins the coupe late in calendar 2011. It has a power soft-top, conventional side doors, Mercedes’ Airscarf system and a removable wind deflector. A blind spot monitoring system is standard, and a three-mode AMG adaptive suspension is optional. 

Exterior
Mercedes says the design of the SLS AMG is meant to reinterpret the 300 SL, an iconic car most people recognize for its gull-wing doors. It's a design that features a long hood — nearly 6 feet long — and a short rear deck. Exterior features include:

  • Gull-wing doors
  • 19-inch front wheels
  • 20-inch rear wheels
  • Body and chassis made of aluminum


Interior
The interior is supposed to evoke the feel of an aircraft cockpit, and the numerous buttons on the center console certainly help with that. There is also a lot of metal and long, angular planes to carry over the aircraft theme. Interior features include:

  • Seat backrests made of magnesium, which is lightweight and strong
  • Airscarf system for roadster


Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 563 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque
  • Dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Expected to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds
  • The coupe's weight is distributed in a 47/53 front-to-rear ratio


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Knee airbag for the driver and front passenger
  • Side-impact airbags integrated into the seats
  • Side curtain airbags that deploy from the side doors

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
4 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Most powerful and sensuous car I’ve ever owned

by AMG SLS fan from Atlanta Ga on November 16, 2018

Limited model Only 800 roadsters ever built. Hand made AMG naturally aspirated engine with nearly 570 HP Glorious exhaust sound but snaps and crackles and pops. Dream to drive Read full review

(5.0)

Beautiful Design, Fast Car

by Noah from CA on October 24, 2018

This car displays a beautiful, timeless design. For being six years old now, it still has the ability to keep up with today’s super cars. Additionally, great for long distance trips or cruising around ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SLS AMG received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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