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Automobile Magazine: Lexus LFA vs. Mercedes SLS AMG

Georg Kacher first wrote a comparison of the Lexus LFA & Mercedes SLS AMG for CAR Magazine, and now he’s expanded on his initial review for Automobile Magazine this month:

The Lexus LFA and the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG are about as different in approach and ability as a muscular sprinter is from a sinewy long-distance runner. It’s a clash of characters along the lines of a Suzuki Hayabusa sportbike taking on a BMW K1300S, a Moog synthesizer compared with a Steinway piano, or techno music as opposed to Beethoven.

The LFA is a limited-edition, high-tech item that is heart-stoppingly pretty and very nicely put together, a street racer for track days and early Sunday mornings. The SLS is a powerboat for the road, a mighty mauler that evokes fond memories of a brand’s glorious past, a surprisingly practical and highly visible tool for the dedicated driver. Both cars are honest and straightforward, classy and competent, intriguing in the way they present themselves and perform, dynamically focused, and deeply rewarding. The final choice could come down to personal preferences, such as the more modern Lexus exterior and interior or the more practical packaging of the Mercedes.

There’s certainly a clash of ideals at work between these two supercars, and it’s one that Mr. Kacher manages to capture perfectly. No matter the cutting-edge technology that powers the SLS, the supercar has a decidedly retro appearance and draws (perhaps too) much of its character from the 300SL Gullwing, whereas the LFA is unlike any other vehicle on the road, and it’s that difference in philosophy that stands out the most when they’re put side-by-side.

[Source: Automobile Magazine]

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  • B
  • July 29, 2010
I'd take an LFA over the SLS anyday, imo the SLS just looks like another baby SLR, I see it as another high end benz..meh..and the LFA, like damn what is that? The technology work on that thing is amazing and every part of the body is just crafted for aerodynamic. Yeah its going to be a rare car, which makes me want it even more!8-)8-)
  • W
  • July 29, 2010
I guess the LFA is a true supercar! :-D
  • L
  • July 30, 2010
Got to disagree Boss, the SLS is so much more than the SLR think you should read this: Flawless, and i want one!:-D
  • B
  • July 30, 2010
@lkl12: Ya, I know it has some big time goodies for sure, no doubt about it, coming from AMG. But I don't know, it doesn't strike me as much for some reason lol.I'd still prefer the SLR 722.8-)8-)
  • R
  • July 30, 2010
LFA's engine is unbeatable. The throttle response, the sound and the ferocious power from 7000 - 9500 rpm make this a true race car. The LFA chassis is yet another huge leap.
  • T
  • July 30, 2010
Im surprised the LFA is this damn good... as a first shot its better built them many supercars thats been in the supercar games for years... amazing is what the LFA is... and the LFA performance is just as awesome as the rest of the car. Bravo Lexus/Toyota I wish I could own one : /
  • S
  • July 30, 2010
New video ;)
  • E
  • August 3, 2010
Since I can't afford either, and will probably never ride in either, I have to rate them by which looks better; the LFA, and which sounds better; the LFA by a mile!! Winner and champion, Lexus LFA.
  • C
  • January 2, 2011
sls is way better than the lfa from my opinion but the lfa looks pretty cool from the back and the sls looks cooler from the front so i think they should have the front of the sls amg and the back of the lfa with a mclaren mp4-12c engine now that would be AWESOME :-)