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The Daily Drivers: 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster as good as it looks

There are times when we'd rather show off a car than talk about it. This is one of them. Behold the 583-horsepower Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster. The car is greater than the sum of its acronyms — it's a link to a rich Mercedes tradition that produced the iconic gullwing coupes. Let's put the top down and take an appreciative look.

The SLS AMG GT Roadster is the sophisticated supercar that looks right at home cruising the waterfronts of Tampa Bay and is comfortable in ordinary driving.

The driver-oriented cockpit features neatly arranged controls. The flat-bottom AMG sport steering wheel has aluminum paddles for manual shifting. Note the steering wheel marker.

Our tester's red three-layer soft top made for a sharp contrast against the Imola Grey body. The 19-inch front and 20-inch rear forged-alloy 10-spoke wheels feature red brake calipers to complement the performance look.

The power-folding top — which takes 11 seconds to open or close at speeds of up to 31 mph — tucks away cleanly. At 6.1 cubic feet, the trunk space is small, as expected of a roadster. But there's still room for a few weekend bags or even some light shopping.

The SLS AMG GT's seats are premium leather with bright red stitching. The seats also have the Airscarf, which blows warm air on your neck and shoulders. Lyra wishes it also sent cold air for hot, sweltering days.

Our 3 favorites

Peter Couture

Design: Low, wide and sleek. This is a classic silhouette.

Engine: This hand-built V-8, tuned by the AMG wizards, has a roar that is pure sensory pleasure.

Cockpit: Richly appointed — if snug — and driver-friendly.

Lyra Solochek

Seeing red: The stitching, seat belts and piping almost glow against the black interior.

Handling: Sure-footed cornering.

Refined power: 583 horsepower at 6,800, 0-60 in 3.6 seconds.

The bottom line: If we've whetted your appetite for an SLS, you'd better hurry: its production is wrapping up. As a sendoff, Mercedes is building 350 Final Edition cars, with carbon-fiber hood and spoiler.

Our 3 favorites



Seeing red: The stitching, seatbelts and piping almost glow against the black interior.

Handling: Sure-footed cornering.

Refined power: 583 horsepower at 6,800, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds.

Design: Low, wide and sleek. This is a classic silhouette.

Engine: This handbuilt V-8, tuned by the AMG wizards, has a roar that is pure sensory pleasure.

Cockpit: Richly appointed — if snug — and driver-friendly.

Peter Couture



Lyra Solochek



The bottom line: If we've whetted your appetite for an SLS, you'd better hurry; 2015 is its last model year. As a send-off, Mercedes is building 350 Final Edition cars, with carbon-fiber hood and spoiler.

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster

Price: $208,000 base start, $237,505 as tested

Powertrain: AMG 6.3-liter V-8, AMG Speedshift 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, RWD

Horsepower: 583 at 6,800 rpm

0-60: 3.6 seconds

Top speed:

197 mph

Curb weight: 3,661 pounds

Dimensions

in inches:

Wheelbase, 105.5

Length, 182.6

Width, 76.3

Height, 49.7

Seats: 2

Fuel economy:

13 miles per gallon city, 19 mpg highway

Fuel type:

premium unleaded

Safety features: Aluminum Spaceframe, eight airbags, blind-spot assist, rearview camera, electronic stability program, ABS, brake assist

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