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Saturday, February 1, 2014

No More Gullwing Mercedes

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION:
Limited edition of 350 to mark the end of the model cycle;
available as a Coupé and Roadster.
Photo courtesy and copyright Daimler AG.
I was reading in the February issue of Motor Trend (yes, I know the March issue is out, but I’m behind) that the 2014 SLS AMG will be the last. Ack! Noooooo! Not that I could ever have afforded one, but I’ve been lusting after that car since I first saw one four years ago at the Montreal Auto Show.

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION:
Limited edition of 350 to mark the end of the model cycle;
available as a Coupé and Roadster.
Photo courtesy and copyright Daimler AG.

At least they’re going out in style. The Daimler AG press site says they’re producing a limited edition of 350 (that will include both coupe and roadster) to be known as the Final Edition model. While they’re not slated to hit the showrooms until March, Motor Trend noted and I agree that they’re probably already all spoken for, even with a price (in Germany) of just below a quarter of a million Euros. You can get a "regular" edition 2014 SLS. It is listed on the Mercedes-Benz Canada website with a base MSRP of $217,900. Still out of my reach, though. Several expensive options, many involving carbon fibre, ratchet that up still further.

What I can’t figure out is why this is the end. Admittedly, it’s a niche market, but the car is an icon. Most of us will be lucky to see one, let alone have the chance to drive one. So I’ve grabbed a few photos off the Daimler site for us to look at, and will definitely be reserving a parking spot (or two, it does come in both coupe and roadster) in the virtual garage.
SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION:
Limited edition of 350 to mark the end of the model cycle;
available as a Coupé and Roadster.
Photo courtesy and copyright Daimler AG.

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION:
Limited edition of 350 to mark the end of the model cycle;
available as a Coupé and Roadster.
Photo courtesy and copyright Daimler AG.

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION:
Limited edition of 350 to mark the end of the model cycle;
available as a Coupé and Roadster.
Photo courtesy and copyright Daimler AG.

SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION:
Limited edition of 350 to mark the end of the model cycle;
available as a Coupé and Roadster.
Photo courtesy and copyright Daimler AG.



[SOURCE: February 2014 Motor Trend, Daimler AG]

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