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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS vs. Its Competition

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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
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The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has some wide-ranging competition, from the relatively inexpensive Nissan GT-R to the hyper-exotically priced Lexus LFA.

The Porsche 911 Turbo performs in the same stratosphere, but it's just as iconic-and less pricey.

The Nissan GT-R's even more of a bargain, at less than half the price of the SLS, but its clunky transmission and mass-market nameplate take the luster off its unearthly acceleration and grip.

The Lexus LFA is a touch slower and twice as expensive as the SLS AMG, and it's so limited in production, you may never see one-ever.

The real competition here is the Audi R8 V-10; fueled by a Lamborghini engine, shod with all-wheel drive, and planned with a spacious, well-fitted interior, it's also offered as a convertible for 2011.

All that's missing? A historical hook.

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS2012 Lexus LFA Nurburgring Package2012 Lexus LFA2009 Nissan GT-R2009 Nissan GT-R2008 Audi R82008 Audi R8
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The 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG stuns with visually catchy gullwings and a thundering V-8, but the rear styling, slow gearbox, and tight-fitting cockpit need more attention.
The 2012 Lexus LFA, like any supercar, is more of an emotional than a logical purchase, and if you can get over the fact that it's not the fastest even though it's one of the most expensive, it will serve well as a show-stopper.
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You could pilot the Space Shuttle with a PlayStation controller—or you could just sample the 2009 Nissan GT-R, one hellish lightsaber of a supercar.
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The 2008 Audi R8 looks and sounds like an exotic, but it has the day-to-day livability and comfort of a grand-touring coupe.
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N/ARear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll-Wheel Drive
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N/AAutomatic w/manual shiftManualManual
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