Supercars On A $50,000 Budget: The German Autobahn Stormer

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With enough torque to rip roads apart.

Before Mercedes-AMG became its own company, the Silver Star's high-performance arm created some of the craziest cars on the road. In the good ol’ days, AMG badges were reserved for some of the most powerful, fastest and most expensive cars to come out of Germany. Some were built to destroy the track while turning heads, others especially the old models from AMG, were built to have a Jekyll and Hyde personality. Massive amounts of power and a hilarious lack of grip make AMGs from yesteryear incredible.

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The 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, even in its more mundane variants, is a gorgeous roadster with sports car capabilities. Back in 2006, the SL-Class was at the forefront for technology and luxury. For enthusiasts with enough money and an interesting sense of humor, Mercedes came out with a ludicrously insane version of the SL-Class. Actually, Mercedes put out two high-performance variants of the SL-Class, but the one that you want is the more powerful SL65 AMG. Unlike modern cars from AMG, the SL65 has a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 that puts out an astonishing 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. There are cars with more horsepower, but at the time, only the Ferrari Enzo and Porsche Carrera GT could boast having more performance.

Thanks to the monstrous motor, the SL65 can make the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and while the supercar’s top speed is governed at 155 mph, this thing should easily be able to get over 200 mph. Besides its impressive performance, the SL65 has a look that will scare little kids. The aggressive body kit is as subtle as a rare steak at a vegan restaurant. You’ll never lose this thing in a parking lot, while it won’t garner as much attention as a red Ferrari. That’s a win-win. The SL65 may be based off of a grand tourer, but the supercar can also hold its own on the track.

Thanks to Mercedes’ Active Body Control, the SL65 is capable of pulling 0.93 g on a skidpad and can easily outrun more track-focused cars on a closed circuit. It may not be the most poised car in the corners, but the SL65 can dance in the right hands. From a performance standpoint, the SL65 is a gem, but the supercar even has the luxury features to be used everyday. It boasts heated and ventilated seats complete with a massaging function, rear parktronic, Distronic cruise control and much more to ensure that the driver’s comfortable when hitting illegal speeds. This specific model has some custom touches, which include a carbon-fiber front lip rear diffuser and rear wing.

In 2005, the SL65 cost roughly $182,000. Even when it came out, people had a hard time justifying the fact that it was roughly $90,000 over the great SL500. Thanks to depreciation, one lucky buyer can snatch this SL65 up for $50,000. The supercar has 47,000 miles on it, had four previous owners and a clear title. The only downside is that the car has been in two accidents. That shouldn’t deter a buyer away, as it has an AutoCheck score of 78, which is within range for similar cars. Before buying, we would recommend getting a pre-purchase inspection and having some extra saved up in case that it needs some repairs. Sometimes, a supercar should make you laugh and nothing will put a smile on your face like an insane AMG.

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