The SLS and AMG GT-S are now the the same price, so which is better?
The new Mercedes AMG GT is a fantastic car. However, not everyone liked the SLS being replaced by the GT. Sure the new GT is fast, especially in S trim, but it doesn't seem as violent as its predecessor. The GT S makes less horsepower than the SLS, 500 horsepower out of a 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 vs. 583 horsepower from a 6.2-liter V8. Despite having less power the AMG GT-S can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds compared to the SLS' 3.7 seconds. The GT S' quarter-mile time is also half a second quicker at 11.2 seconds.
Now that we have the performance numbers out of the way, let's talk about price. Here the GT S wins again. The SLS cost over $220,000 when new, and you can pick up an AMG GT S starting at around $130,00. However, when you begin to add options, the GT's price can skyrocket to around $170,000. On the used market, 2011-2013 SLS models have fallen well below the $170,000 mark. So this begs the question, which should you get? Looking at the numbers, it's clear the GT S is the superior car. It has a smaller displacement engine with better gas mileage, and it's quicker. The SLS on the other hand only really has one trump card. Actually, make that two. The doors! Despite being gorgeous, the GT doesn't come with those signature gullwing doors.
Some people may think that the gullwing doors are obnoxious. We think they add a ton of style to the SLS. While we don't think that the GT would be any better if it had them, it does show that the two cars are very different. With those crazy doors and the insane 6.2-liter engine, the SLS was designed simply to put a grin on your face. The GT is more like a 911. It is beautifully engineered, but perhaps a little too perfect. Now that these cars are the same price, it really just comes down to your preference. Which AMG product would you rather buy for around $170,000?