The SL is top of the line for the rich people -
maybe already a slight bit too _loud_ in the
appearance and so some will choose the SL 600.
The SLR shall be the new super-duper Mercedes,
it shall remind on the fabulous Gullwing 300 SL
of the 1950's;
but indeed it is a ridiculous piece of shit for
the _niveau riches_: With the Gullwing the doors
were caused by functional reasons, with the SLR
it is pure show only, but in that repect perfectly
in line with the rest of the car.
In terms of money I would get the SLR - it will
hold its value even better then the SL 65, but
I would park it in the darkest edge of my garage
and never ever take it out, I would be ashamed to
be seen in it.
Oh, oh, too clear words today - sorry!
Just wait. More power is coming in the autumn 2004.
The 6-litre V12 motor in S65, CL65, and SL65 is restricted to 612
horsepowers due to "frail" five-speed automatic gearbox.
Once the production of new heavy duty seven-speed automatic gearbox
commences, the horsepower figure is possibly raised to 700.
I shan't be surprised if AMG is spiking the SLR's motor to 700
horsepowers or more with advent of new seven-speed automatic gearbox.
That is, unless the Green Party or German parliament intervenes and puts
an end to the obscene horsepower race amongst the German manufacturers.
Just like the emission control regulations, fuel crisis, and insurance
agencies ended the American horsepower war in the early Seventies.
That makes a great deal of sense. The price
premiums for the SLR/SL65/CL65 seemed a bit
much for a mere 100 or so extra horsepower.
The horsepower race may not be obscene. It may
just be a market driven response to demand as well
as a necessary buttress to the image these
companies wish to project. The horsepower race
may merely be exciting or even mildly titillating.
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