SOLD – 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • Two owners and only 13,395 miles from new
  • Iridium Silver with Classic Red interior
  • Well specified with Bang & Olufsen sound system

Built in late 2012 and exported new to the UK, where it was first registered on 15 February 2013, this Mercedes SLS AMG is an exceptional example of the 196mph supercar.

Beautifully presented in Iridium Silver, it features a cabin that has been specified with Classic Red single-tone Exclusive leather and AMG carbon-fibre trim. It also benefits from the optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system, which added more than £4000 to the SLS AMG’s list price.

The immaculate 10-spoke forged wheels – 19in at the front, 20in at the rear – will be fitted with new tyres all round by the time the next owner takes delivery of the car, and behind them sit immense cast-iron brakes with six-pot calipers up front and four-pots on the rear.

This SLS AMG has had only two previous owners. Its first keeper fitted the personal registration J30 RCT between April 2013 and April 2018, when it reverted to its original registration of ST62 HRP. A couple of months later, the car was sold to its second owner, who has retained it ever since.

It has been serviced five times, always at Mercedes-Benz dealerships. The first of those was carried out in Edinburgh on 29 October 2014 at 10,562 miles. It went back to the same dealership in August 2015, then again in March 2017 – by which time it had still covered only 11,807 miles.

In April 2018 it was serviced by the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Bedford at 12,837 miles. The car has been used sparingly since then, and in September 2022 it returned to Mercedes-Benz of Edinburgh for its most recent service and MoT.

This Mercedes SLS AMG has still covered less than 13,500 miles and is being offered for sale in superb condition throughout. It is supplied with two keys and provides an intoxicating blend of huge performance, dramatic styling and a thunderous exhaust note.

Model history

Launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Mercedes SLS AMG was the first car to be designed and built entirely by the German marque’s AMG division. In chronological terms, it was the successor to the Gordon Murray-designed Mercedes-McLaren SLR, but its inspiration was the immortal 300SL ‘Gullwing’ of the 1950s.

Its dramatic body was clothed in panels that were mostly made from aluminium, and featured a rear spoiler that extended at 70mph. There was also a rear diffuser to help reduce lift at high speed.

While the Gullwing doors – manually operated to save weight – provided a styling flourish and a link to the old 300SL coupé, the real star of the show was the 6.2-litre V8. Although nominally based on the engine used in the C63, AMG found an extra 112bhp via a series of modifications. Its total output of 563bhp made it the world’s most powerful naturally aspirated unit at that time, and meant that the SLS AMG would sprint from 0-100mph in only eight seconds.

Autocar magazine referred to it as ‘a monster of an engine’ that gave the SLS AMG ‘genuine supercar pace’, and it drove through a seven-speed automatic gearbox that featured four different modes. Keeping it all in check were vast cast-iron brakes – there was also the option of carbon-ceramic discs.

The standard SLS AMG was available as both a coupé and a roadster, and in 2012 it was joined by a slightly more powerful GT model. A year later came the lighter, 622bhp SLS AMG Black Series, plus the Electric Drive variant that featured four electric motors offering a combined output of 740bhp.

The last iteration was the aptly named Final Edition, which was built in limited numbers in 2014 before production ended and the marque introduced the Mercedes-AMG GT. Throughout its run, the SLS AMG had served as the safety car in Formula 1, the rumbling bass note from its big V8 becoming a familiar addition to Grand Prix racing during those years.

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