Automotive fascination and high tech of the highest order: These are the traits embodied by the new Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, which is making its world premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt on 15th September 2009. The super sports car boasts a purist design, the systematic incorporation of lightweight engineering and superior handling dynamics. At the same time, the Mercedes Benz SLS delivers the high everyday utility and exemplary safety that typifies Mercedes Benz, making the new gullwing the ideal synthesis of the strengths of Mercedes Benz and AMG.
The new super sports car from Mercedes Benz and AMG dazzles with its unparalleled technology package which includes: an aluminium space frame body with gullwing doors; an AMG 6.3-litre, front-mid V8 engine with a top power of 571 hp, 650 Nm of torque, and dry sump lubrication; seven-speed dual-clutch in a transaxle configuration; a sports chassis with aluminium double-wishbone suspension; and a kerb weight of 1,620 kilograms. It's a combination that guarantees supreme handling dynamics. The car's ideal weight distribution between the front and rear axles (47 to 53 per cent respectively) and its low centre of gravity emphasize the concept's pronounced sports car nature. The gullwing accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 197 mph (electronically limited). The fuel consumption of 21.4 mpg (combined) is best-in-class (all figures are provisional).
The distinctive design of the new Mercedes Benz SLS AMG dazzles with its passionate sportiness and reinterprets the breathtaking design of the Mercedes Benz 300 SL, one of the most recognised design icons of the Mercedes Benz brand. With its purist design, the new Mercedes Benz SLS AMG reflects the teachings of modern sports car design: The nearly two-metre long-bonnet, the low, far back positioned cabin, and the short rear with the extendable rear spoiler symbolize dynamism, as do the long wheelbase, the wide track, and the large wheels. The proportions are determined by the short overhangs and the design of the super sports car, with a low-slung, front-mid engine mounted well back and a dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle configuration. The stylistic highlight is without a doubt the gullwing doors, which impart the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG with incomparable charisma and make a unique statement in this vehicle segment.
It is not just the gullwing doors that awaken reminiscences of the Mercedes Benz 300 SL. The characteristic wide radiator grille with the large Mercedes Benz star and the wing-like fin are also reminiscent of the face of the legendary sports car. The three-dimensional, sculptured front with the low, v-shaped front skirt with lateral indentations gives the gullwing a powerful stance on the road. The car's dominance is underscored by six large air intakes and the wideset, vertical headlamps with intriguing internals: The central bixenon low-beam headlamps with metallic wing element are framed by two LED indicators above and two LED daytime running lights below.
The reinterpretation of the legendary gullwing will celebrate its market launch in the UK in early Summer 2010. UK specification and pricing will be confirmed early in 2010.Published 10 September 2009