Do you fancy Lewis Hamilton’s favourite car?

Lewis Hamilton gets shown the Mercedes SLS

Lewis Hamilton gets shown the Mercedes SLS

Lewis Hamilton is surely the model employee. Every answer to every question is engineered to please his bosses and sponsors.

So when we interviewed Lewis Hamilton earlier this week, he told us he really wants a Mercedes SLS and a McLaren MP4-12C, we knew it could be loaded with a waft of corporate PR puff.

But when you look at them both, it’s not hard to see why he’d fancy them in his garage. In many ways they’re the opposite ends of the supercar spectrum.

What the McLaren lacks in visual flair, it should make up for in performance and technological showboating – the car is built around a carbon fibre tub, which although weighs just 80kgs, is immensely tough and McLaren have built it in such a way that it’s cheap too. Its rivals can only dream of things like that.

In some ways, that sums up the Macca. Its petrolhead porn for techies, but the appeal of the Merc SLS is much more straightforward.

It has a 6.2-litre V8 slung upfront, gullwing doors in the middle and a gearbox in the back, for better weight distribution.

I’m sure it’ll be an intoxicating drivers’ car, but its looks and the predicted booming soundtrack will be plenty to help it fly out of the showroom. Its £140,000 asking price is around £10k less than the Merc SL65, £60k less than the Ferrari 599 and a massive £110,000 less than the SL65 Black.

So Lewis’ dilemma is surely based on choosing a scintillating driving machine that’s a little anonymous, or sacrificing maybe 10 per cent of the Macca’s ability for a car that oozes style and sophistication.

What would you do?

Stuart Milne

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