Stuttgart, 9 February 2011 – The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the best car in the luxury class, and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the best sports car. This is the result of a readers’ survey by the major German motoring magazine “auto, motor und sport”. For two years in succession, the SLS has therefore been voted the “Best car of the year” in its category. The S-Class saloon has likewise won this coveted award several times in recent years. This confirms that these cars from Stuttgart enjoy an exalted position.
The motoring magazine “auto, motor und sport” has been conducting its vote for the “Best cars of the year” since 1977. This time more than 90,000 readers took part in the longstanding survey to decide the best cars of 2011. This year the editors of “auto, motor und sport” gave their readers a choice between 315 vehicles in ten categories, among them 40 brand-new candidates.
In the luxury car category the readers voted the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in first place, as numerous times before. This was in recognition of the exceptional position that the world’s best-selling luxury saloon has occupied for several decades. The shining attributes of this prestigious saloon include a high level of comfort on long journeys and innovative technology that is unrivalled anywhere.
In the sports car category the readers of “auto, motor und sport” gave first place to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. This super sports car was already able to win the vote for “Best sports car of the year” when it first entered the lists in 2010. With its exciting design and gull-wing doors, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG harks back to that sporting legend of the 1950s – the 300 SL.
The super sports car also dazzles with its exquisite technology which includes such highlights as an aluminium spaceframe body shell, AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine with dry sump lubrication as well as a 420 kW (571 hp) and 650 Nm of torque, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement and a responsive sports suspension with aluminium double-wishbone axles. This unique high-tech combination helps to guarantee the highest level of driving dynamics.