A succession of pristine landscapes and picturesque coastal roads in a setting of rich cultural heritage. In a single word? Sardinia: the dream destination for every driving enthusiast.
Embarking on a journey by immersing ourselves in the fabulous Costa Smeralda with the newest member of the SL family, the 2023 Mercedes SL 63 AMG, made our on-the-road experience all the more powerful-the ideal way to celebrate the collaboration between the Stuttgart-based automaker and Pablo Atchugarry, the renowned Uruguayan sculptor inspired by the myth and sinuous forms of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, who chose bronze and automotive paint to create two original, one-of-a-kind abstract works of art.
After the presentation of the works on the Lario shore, the sculptures landed at Phi Beach in Baja Sardinia, and we with them. Here, the works 'Estrella de luz' and 'Elegance' will be exhibited until September alongside the 300 'Seagull Wings' and then share the stage with the new SL.
Yes, because when talking about the legacy of the Mercedes SL, it is impossible to overlook the legendary SL Gullwing, also known as the 300 SL.
Introduced in 1954, the Gullwing featured the revolutionary gull-wing doors that became its defining characteristic. Inspired by the success of Mercedes-Benz racing cars, it was the first road-legal car equipped with fuel injection, offering exceptional performance for the time-a blend of luxury performance and timeless design that has continued to captivate petrolhead communities from around the world for more than six decades.
The SL model line quickly earned a reputation for excellence, embodying the spirit of innovation and engineering prowess for which Mercedes-Benz is renowned. Its versatility has allowed it to excel both on the road and on the racetrack. We can't help but think of it leaving Olbia, behind the wheel of the new 2023 Mercedes SL 63 AMG, amid rolling hills, vibrant vineyards and traditional Sardinian villages, aboard a gem that, with its advanced handling capabilities, can deliver an exhilarating driving experience with extreme ease.
Arriving at the Costa Smeralda, the doors to a Mediterranean paradise of crystal-clear turquoise waters, wild beaches and luxury resorts opened to us, but above all, a strong awareness dawned: only the elegant design of our Gran Turismo can communicate sophistication, exclusivity and comfort on par with this destination. Characteristics that surely stimulated the creative ingenuity of Pablo Atchugarry, who came to define Estrella de luz, "as the light that guides us on our way to the starry sky"; Elegance, “as the refined manifestation of creativity”.
We, in this experience, savored it driving and saw it with our own eyes.