Author: Peter Matthews
Since making its first car in 1886 – widely recognised as the first car ever made, in fact – the German manufacturer has led the way with groundbreaking technology, including the anti-lock braking system in 1978 and the world’s first driver airbag in 1980.
Today Mercedes-Benz is still setting the benchmark with its innovations, which most recently include the 2014 S-Class – described by the company as ‘the best car in the world’. Launching this autumn, the vehicle can drive itself in heavy traffic and potentially avoid accidents with 360-degree cameras that detect how fast cars are travelling and warn drivers if a collision is imminent.
But while the S-Class encompasses all of the power, style and luxury you’d expect from a Merc, standing in at £88,130 on-the-road (OTR), it doesn’t come close when weighing up the manufacturer’s most expensive production vehicles.
In fact, all of the cars featured in our list come from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, which was created in 1990. Together AMG and Mercedes have built a portfolio of top-of-the-range coupés, sporty saloons and roadsters, complete with AMG’s sports transmission, high-performance breaking systems and sports seats – with the price tag to match.
With an OTR price starting at £229,985, we identified the SLS AMG Coupé Black Series as the most expensive car in production by Mercedes-Benz – as well as being the fastest and most powerful production car ever built by the AMG division.
Billed as the ‘ultimate choice for extremely quick lap times and highly emotional driving experiences’, the super sports car takes you to 62 mph in an impressive 3.6 seconds thanks to its hand-built AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine.
But it seems that price is not deterring drivers from buying Mercedes-Benz’s AMG models; in July, 89 per cent more new AMGs were registered compared with last year’s figures.
Alongside making fast and powerful cars, the manufacturer is also focusing its agenda on vehicles that provide better fuel economy. The fuel efficiency of the latest SL 63, for instance, is 30 per cent higher than its predecessor, while the SL 65 V12 roadster is up to 17 per cent more efficient that the previous model.
But while Mercedes-Benz is striving to save its customers’ money by making more efficient vehicles, the question really is: are you buying a Merc for its low fuel consumption – or because you want a beautiful, powerful and luxurious car that will turn heads?
Read on to find out the most expensive Mercedes-Benzes you can be driving away in…