The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has some stupendous competition, ranging from the relatively inexpensive $85,000 Nissan GT-R to the hyper-exotically priced $375,000 Lexus LFA.
The GT-R's a bargain compared to the SLS, but its noisy transmission and mass-market badges take some of the sheen off its apocalyptic acceleration and grip.
The Lexus LFA is a bit slower and twice as expensive as the SLS AMG, and production is extremely limited, but it's all carbon-fiber body, all the time.
The Porsche 911 Turbo performs in the same stratosphere as the SLS, but it's just as iconic--and less costly if you skip some of the exotic trim options.
The real competition for the SLS AMG is the Audi R8 V-10; slinging a Lamborghini engine between its rear wheels and outfitted with all-wheel drive, the R8 has a spacious, well-fitted interior, and a new convertible edition--though it has none of the heritage of the SLS, or the 911 for that matter.
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|14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas V10||Gas V6||Gas Flat 6|
|Two Seater||Compact||Two Seaters||Subcompact||Mini-Compact|
|2-Door Coupe SLS AMG||2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe Premium||2-Door Coupe 997 Carrera|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||Coupe||Coupe||2 Door Sedan||Coupe|
|Automatic||Manual||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Manual|
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