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2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG vs. Its Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

While the SLS AMG GT stands alone as the gullwing car in this group, each has its own mix of luxury and serious speed.

Audi's R8 is a strong alternative on both design and performance fronts, particularly in top-of-the-line R8 V10 Plus form.

Nissan's GT-R is the outlier here, offering less luxurious appointments but an all-wheel drive, twin-turbo V-6 powertrain that's ruled by some truly masterful electronics.

The Porsche 911 is a scalpel to most of the rest of this group's sledgehammer, with refined and precise driving characteristics, though it may not score as high on the panache scale.

The Maserati GranTurismo and Ferrari California offer their own brands of passionate styling, while being quick and fun-to-drive in their own right.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is fast, fun, and luxurious, while the Black Series is in a league above; just don't expect S-Class levels of comfort and equipment.
9.2
German precision and handling combines with Italian power to create a superb supercar that's also fit for daily use.
8.4
Sensual? No, but the 2014 Nissan GT-R overwhelms our circuits with unearthly performance and grip.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche 911 range spans a broad spectrum, but somehow manages to hit exactly the right marks at each point, balancing performance, features, and practicality almost perfectly.
8.8
The Maserati GranTurismo mates serene yet sporty handling with a beautiful Ferrari V-8 engine note for one fabulous luxury coupe.
MSRP From    
$201,500$114,900$99,590$84,300$126,500
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Premium Unleaded V-8Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class    
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersSubcompact CarsMinicompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
2-Door Coupe SLS AMG GT2-Door Coupe Manual quattro V82-Door Coupe Premium2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelAll WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
22444
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Coupequattro CoupeCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission    
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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