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Mercedes SLS AMG Convertible
Fortunately, the SLS has plenty of special to go around. To our eyes, the car’s long-hood, short-deck proportions work better on the convertible than the coupe. With the top down, it looks lower, wider, and angrier.
That engine, of course, is the same 6.2-liter V-8 built by AMG that you’ll find under the hood of the coupe. Its 563 hp are channeled through a rear-axle-mounted seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Requests for upshifts and downshifts are handled quickly and with seemingly greater responsiveness than in the last SLS AMG coupe we tested. Simply pull the paddles, and gearchanges happen instantly. In full-automatic mode, the dual-clutch gearbox does a fine imitation of a torque-converter box, its mimicry going so far as to produce idle creep when you lift off the brake.