The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG - Final Edition

Scott Benjamin

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG © Mercedes-Benz USA

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a rare car to spot on the road -- and it looks like the German automaker is making sure it stays that way, too. The SLS was unveiled just four years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and the latest news out of Germany indicates that Mercedes-Benz has made plans to put a complete stop to SLS production sometime in the middle of 2014.

But if you're a fan of the 583-horsepower, gullwing-equipped, 6.2-liter, V-8-powered supercar, you still have one more chance to get your hands on a special-edition sendoff model. The SLS AMG will be making its final appearance at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show (about a week from now), where Mercedes-Benz will launch its last SLS model in the form of a special-edition car that it's calling the SLS AMG - Final Edition. Or maybe it'll be called the SLS Final Edition. Or the Final Edition SLS AMG. Or something like that. Let's just say "Final Edition" is likely to be in there somewhere.

Anyway, the name doesn't really matter all that much. The bigger point is this: Mercedes-Benz is taking the SLS AMG off the showroom floor before it becomes outdated, or so abundant that people eventually tire of seeing it on the roads. As it stands today, the SLS AMG is a fantastic machine, one that remains exclusive, desirable and rare -- but it can only remain that way if Mercedes-Benz stops building them while people still want them. See the quandary? I suppose it's always best to leave them wanting more.

By the way, it's not all bad-news for SLS AMG fans: Get ready for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GT AMG.