Kinder and Gentler Supercar or . . .
C H O P S — The new SLS Gullwing is a pretty interesting vehicle. I always love the idea of a new über Benz, but for some reason, they always seem to leave me cold. While i love the gullwing doors, the new front graphic and the drivetrains, the body of the SLS seems awkward to me. There needs to be more glass area for one thing. The classic 300SL of the 50s had a C pillar window, and looked all the better for it. The SLS's C pillar (B pillar technically?) is just very inartfully rendered. I 'corrected' that in both chops. The SLS Hybrid, above, not only has a proper greenhouse, but i shortened the hood by about a foot. The entire car seems to be ready to hit the road to prove its 50mpg hybrid capabilities, while still garnering the front row by valets.
On the other hand, the South Beach special edition below, leaves the basic SLS body shell intact. Leading the way is a brushed satin aluminum grille surround, extra strakes are added to the headlights and the now blacked-out roof pillar. In this application the pillar would be glazed with black-tinted glass, and there would be a vertical cabin exhaust vent for those additional chrome strakes to cover. The paint is a special extra-metallic/pearltone gold with several clearcoats. It fairly glistens in South Beach's daily sunfest.
. . . Shinier and Flashier special edition?