The Mercedes SLS AMG and you can be good-looking together, so rent it now! The first thing anyone wants to talk about, of course, with this SLS coupe is the doors. Certainly, there is considerable excitement at the return of a Gullwing Mercedes. And talk about them we will, discussing exactly how practical they are in real use, as well as highlighting the positives and negatives of losing them on the Roadster model. However, there is so much more to the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG than those doors. The SLS has been developed entirely in house. And by ‘in house’, Mercedes actually means the tuning firm AMG, which became an official Mercedes department in 1990. This is the first time AMG has been given a clean sheet to build a road car from the ground up, and one with the billing that it will be something altogether more serious than the familiar ‘big-engine-and-comfortable-Mercedes’ AMG recipe. The talk this time is of an all-out supercar. Much of the process of getting into the Mercedes SLS coupe is dominated by those doors. Unlock the car and small handles automatically sprout from each door; they retract again when the car is locked or driven away. The doors themselves are surprisingly light, their movement assisted upwards by a gas strut. Entry into the car is then relatively easy, if not tremendously dignified. You have to step over a wide sill and down into the seat, while remembering not to bump your head on the way. Which brings us to the gullwing doors’ most controversial aspect: that they are not electrically assisted. Mercedes argues, reasonably, that this would have added weight exactly where you don’t want it. But the fact remains that unless you’re relatively tall or long armed, you’ll have to grasp the door handle on your way down into the seat. Which is not impossible, but certainly a test of dexterity. You may also like, MERCEDES MCLAREN 650S COUPE.