When it comes to functionality the vehicle is a little bit of a mixed bag. Mercedes have clearly considered how this car is likely to be used and the Mercedes SLS AMG comes with standard functions to provide daily usability like sat-nav along with a decent stereo. Nevertheless the gullwings, as renowned as they're, make it a real discomfort to get inside and out of the vehicle, make the car very wide and also you really need to stretch out to pull the doors down once you're inside. The style also implies headroom is relatively tight as well.
The gearbox really is a double clutched affair which operates very well. There is a slight delay whenever you flick the paddles but in general it feels really sharp and responsive. The vehicle is really obviously rear wheel drive. The seats position is very back and also harks back to old school, honest GT's and put together with the sharp steering you've got complete faith in where the front of the car is going to go. This supercar can go round corners really, really fast - in the event you tried hard enough you can possibly keep up with a 4-wheel drive Porsche 911 Turbo. It's also blazingly fast in a straight line - very impressive for a weighty, front engined Grand Tourer.
Looking at value for cash - can any vehicle at this price tag be regarded as reasonable value? Possibly not but put together with its peers it's competitively priced. Let us look at it another way - against the Mercedes McLaren SLR, the Mercedes SLS is quicker, handles better and is less expensive to the tune of pretty much 200,000 dollars. So, the Mercedes SLS is a loud and raucous matter dominated by the huge powerhouse of an engine - yet at the same time civilized by the usual high standard of refinement and usability that you would expect from a Mercedes-Benz.