Supercar treat for

performance fans

PERFORMANCE car fans are being given a rare chance to drive Mercedes' supercar the SLS AMG.

The exclusive experiences include driving the 6.3-litre V8-engined, 571bhp model around famous European racetracks including Hockenheim and Spa.

And there's also the prize of being driven in the car by former Grand Prix star and BBC F1 analyst David Coulthard, as well as tackling the famous Top Gear test track and joining SLS AMG driving days at Mercedes-Benz World.

Subtle links to a number of opportunities to experience the SLS AMG are hidden on the internet and elsewhere - and they can only be found by delving deeper into the car online.   First up this month is the chance to be driven at breakneck speeds by Coulthard, with a new experience being unveiled every few weeks throughout the summer. Fans should start by visiting  for hints as to where to start looking.

The new SLS AMG is the first car to be developed entirely in-house at the high performance division of Mercedes-Benz.

 Launching in the UK on July 1, the new car takes a fresh approach to the concept of a super sports car. Its hand-made V8 engine is front-mid mounted for perfect weight distribution and has a sophisticated double-clutch 7-speed sports transmission. 

Acceleration is 0-62 in 3.8 seconds before the SLS AMG powers on to a top speed that is electronically limited to 197 mph.

Outside, the Gullwing doors, muscular stance, extended bonnet and short rear shows that the car draws inspiration from the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL of 1954, but brings that idea up to date to create the company's first ground-up super sports car.

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