The price From $487,500 plus on-road and dealer costs.
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Vitals 6.2-litre V8 engine; 420kW, 650Nm; 7-sp dual-clutch automatic transmission; 13.3L/100km and 311g/km CO2.

What is it?

It’s Mercedes’ iconic gullwing supercar without the gullwings – it’s got a fabric roof.

What does it say about me?

I’m male, over 40, and have plenty of exotic toys in the garage. I bought it because I just had to have it.

What doesn’t it say about me?

I’m struggling to pay the bills.

Who else is buying it?

Very successful businessmen and entrepreneurs … but not many women.

What colours does it come in?

Nine hues: black, two silvers, three greys, white, red, brown. You can choose red, black or beige for your retractable cloth roof.

If it were a movie star, who would it be?

Will Ferrell – someone who is obnoxiously loud but still lovable.

Why would I buy it?

You’ll want it – and only it. Or, you want something a little bit different to park alongside the Porsche, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

Will it let me down?

As with all performance cars, that will depend on the way you drive it. Hoon and it will probably hurt.

Does it cost too much?

Yep. It’s as good as half-a-million bucks. But if you can afford it, you’re not likely to care.

Will I get a deal?

Nope. But, as per above, you probably won’t care.

Is it safe?

There’s a misconception that open-roof cars are more dangerous. This has fixed rollover bars and eight airbags (four for each occupant) and a blind-spot assistance system that you’ll need, as it’s quite hard to see out of.

Will it get me noticed?

Expect to see people waving, wiggling their little finger, smiling, winking, gawking, and, in the worst cases, lurking nearby when you park in a dark area.

Are there any gadgets I can brag about?

The roof drops and lifts in just 11 seconds – one of the quickest on the market – and can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h.

Will I get carjacked in it?

If they can catch you. Seriously though, when I drove it, I did tend to check my surroundings at the traffic lights. Paranoid? Perhaps. But this is a desirable car.

How’s the cabin ambience?

Pretty good with the roof in place, though the wind does ruffle through the cockpit as speeds rise.

What’s the stereo like?

Didn’t turn it on. I was too busy focusing on that stupidly menacing growl from the exhaust system.

Does it go?

Like mud off a shovel. You’ll be disappointed – as I was – that you can’t drive this car to its full capabilities. The top speed is 317km/h – most of us will have to make do with vrooming to a third of that, unless you take it to a track.

Does it like corners?

Surprisingly, this 4.63-metre-long, 1.93-metre-wide behemoth is adept at slower-speed twisty stuff. But as you’d expect of a car that weighs about 1700 kilograms, it requires concentration.

What about bumps?

Also surprisingly, the ride’s not too harsh, although big bumps can jar.

What about at the pump?

Some cafes have ”frequent sippers” cards, where you get the fifth fill-up free. You’ll wish your local servo did.

Would you buy one?

I’d buy a two-bedroom unit near the city and put a poster of it on the wall.

The Spin

”Fly without wings.”

The Translation

”See, we told you the awkward gullwing doors were a daft idea!”

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