• Jan 6th 2010 at 5:27PM
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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

Out here in the eastern part of Los Angeles, there exists an infamous Mercedes-Benz 190SL. Why infamous? Because its rotting corpse is chained to a rock in a semi-sketchy part of town. No really. It's been there for at least a decade, and if you try and take pictures of it (guilty!) a large angry woman comes hauling out of her front door screaming and cursing at you. This might be a little too James Ellroy-ish to some of you (as if there is such a thing!), but we mention the mostly dead 190SL because in the owners mind, it's every bit as awesome a full bore, hardcore 300SL. Even though it's clearly not. For one thing, the 190SL lacks gullwings.

Speaking of gullwings, who here doesn't love the new SLS AMG? On second thought, keep it to yourself if you're a hater. But if the new AMG-built SLS has one flaw, it's the price. €177,310 to be exact, which would be $265,500 is U.S. dollars. Only the Euro price has little to nothing to do with the U.S. price. Still, even if it's only around $200,000 in the States, that's still a lot of scratch. Well, looks like the folks at Daimler might possibly have a solution.

Australia's Drive is reporting that the previously rumored baby SLS will likely be called SSK AMG, and it is said to be coming in 2014. Should it see the light of day, Drive says that the SSK AMG will roll on a shortened version of the SLS's chassis. It will come as both a coupe and a convertible, but will lose the SLS' trick gullwing doors. Power should come from some sort of forced-induction V8 that should be good for about 500 horsepower. The engine will not be – and will be smaller than – the 6.2-liter, 563-horsepower slugger found in the SLS. Figure the little SSK car should cost close to half what the larger car does. All the better to do battle with the Porsche 911 – even without the gullwings.

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[Source: Drive.com.au]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is sort of off-topic (actually, a lot off-topic), but I've got a question. Why didn't Mercedes-AMG ever make an SLK63 AMG?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You try shoe-horning that 6.2 liter V8 into an SLK and not completely demolish the handling.

        Moreover, if they did, it would probably trounce on all other AMGs (C, E, and S -63s) based on power:weight alone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think I'm at fault for clicking the link that reads "Mercedes-Benz 190SL", do you? Why put a link there if it doesn't lead to anything, Jonny?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, I expected some pictures snapped while running away from said large lady of the 190SL mentioned in the article.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha ha ha!

        You fell into my trap! Mwha ha ha!

        Or... we've (weirdly) never written about a 190SL before today. Over time, the tag will fill up with articles tagged "Mercedes-Benz 190SL."

        Though I prefer the first answer. Bwa ha ha!
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it called the crossfire?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay, SO WHAT if it cant live up to what the original was. There wasn't even a sliver of hope for that in the first place. How to you top the birth of Supercars, after all? The same can be said for every modern interpretation of classic design. Taken by itself many modern sports cars are rather dull or ugly, but when you look at them you don't see THAT car, you see a shadow of its forebears. Thats why I love the Ford GT, thats why I love the Miata, thats why I absolutely adore the SLS.
        • 5 Years Ago

        So you hate the car. Whoop-dee-doo. We should care because??

        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha, so because YOU think it is ugly that means everyone else is giving it a "get out of jail free" card? Since when did your opinion become apply to everyone else?
        • 5 Years Ago
        i hate how this car gets a get out of jail free by everyone (including Designers)

        the front graphic is the only thing i respect on this car. everything else (appearance wise) is garbage.

        the SLS in no way lives up to the SL 300.

        • 5 Years Ago
        this car will go into history books as failed attempt to capture what the SL 300 was.

        of course people will like this car. its super car numbers, doors, name, performance and proportions would do that alone. all im saying is this car does not speak well for its history and MB direction.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The SSK moniker should be reserved for their most impressive and expensive sports car! That is hallowed ground, unfortunate that they have forgotten their own history!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was my thought as well. They are going to name a lower model after the legendary cars? Interesting though, checking wiki it says the K in SSK stands for "Short" and lightened for racing. Still, I'm with you on this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Second that, #14. I'd like to see an attempt to snap a photo of the 190SL and said large lady. Make that the headline post of the day.
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