There are different ways of looking at this. Given that some elements of the Mercedes SLS can be found in Mercedes models costing a good deal less than the SLS’s hefty list price, you might regard the pricing as optimistic.

The cabin is the car’s biggest failing on the style front – it just doesn’t look bespoke enough and features far too much of what you might find on a cooking C-Class – the stereo system, for example, looks identical to that which you’d fine in a C. However, for the performance on offer, the SLS is entirely on the money.

For the performance on offer, the SLS is entirely on the money

We’d advise caution with extras, though, which pushed our car’s price up considerably. For example, metallic black or silver are the only standard paint colours. Daytona Blue and Imola Grey add more cost, while white is yet more pricey, the same as for either of the two available matt grey paint finishes. Alubeam, a liquid metal finish, adds more cost again.

The SLS's relative exclusivity should ensure strong residuals, and over the longer term it is forecast to perform in line with comparable cars. You could expect to get 45 percent of what you paid for the car after three years and average miles. However, more than some rivals, this car feels like it could take the miles and will be far more than just a fair-weather friend.

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Fuel economy is unlikely to be a huge consideration for SLS owners. What is likely to be of greater interest is that its 99-litre tank gives a range of 417 miles, based on our 19.1mpg average – at least Mercedes has equipped the SLS to be a proper tourer.

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