That's not to say that its successor, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, was inexpensive. But the $400K+ price of the joint Mercedes/McLaren development was as ungainly as the car itself.
Mercedes-Benz struggled to sell the cars they produced, and run-out models were still leaving showrooms in the U.S. in 2010 and in Canada in 2013. Between 2004 and 2010, Mercedes-Benz USA reported 713 SLR McLaren sales.
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The SLS AMG, on the other hand, with its genuine gullwing doors and sticker price closer to $185,000, inevitably became a much more common car.
Though outlandish, it also looked impressive, rather than obnoxious, on the road. The last SLS AMGs are being delivered to customers as we speak - 2720 have been sold all-time in the United States. Sales began in May 2010 with the best-ever month for the SLS AMG. 168 were sold that month. Mercedes-Benz USA topped the 100-unit mark on a monthly basis only twice more.
|Above: Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. Top: Mercedes-AMG GT S|
|Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG|
But with improved styling, less exotic pricing, and still more than 500 horsepower, the new car is set to be the more frequently sold Mercedes-Benz sports car.