2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
If there is only one set of car keys that every true performance enthusiast wants to get their hands on in 2012, it has to be for the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster.
The drop top version of the incredible gull-wing coupe, the SLS AMG Roadster is the most sophisticated open top car in Mercedes history. With its lightweight aluminum space frame body, massive 563-horsepower 6.2-liter AMG V8 engine, ultra-trick running gear, and electronic systems that make the space shuttle look like an ox cart, this is one of the most desirable open-air sports cars ever created.
With its top down, the Roadster looks even sleeker than its harder-headed sibling. But most of the famous styling cues, from the aggressive nose to the deeply sculpted flanks carry straight over. As does the gorgeous aircraft-style cockpit…now easier to access without gull wing doors…that offers both Teutonic functionality and extreme comfort. Protecting all that leather from the weather is a fully-automatic soft top that opens and closes in just 11 seconds at up to 31 miles-per-hour.
Of course, don’t expect a vintage price. Like the hard-top, expect to shell out over 185 grand. But, after our first time holding these rare car keys, we think it’s money well spent.
Engine: 6.2-liter AMG V8 engine
Price: Over 185 grand