The star of the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show is bound to be the new gull-winged Mercedes SLS AMG. The gracefully flapping doors are a real eye-catcher. This car is the epitome of myth and mystique. On a par with the legend of the big bird is the degree of secrecy surrounding the work being done over recent months by Mercedes off-shoot AMG on a super sports model in the 300 SL mould. The raw figures are astonishing: for 170,000 euros, you get 571 horsepower and 0 to 62 in under four seconds. This reincarnation of the 1954 classic is set to become a standard bearer for the marque. AMG claim it is capable of a top speed of 195mph (315km/h).
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