It draws on over 40 years of impeccable motorsport pedigree. It was developed in just 37 months from blank computer screen to adrenalin-fuelling reality. Its engineering integrity was forged during 2.4 million test miles. It is powered by the world’s most powerful naturally-aspirated eight-cylinder engine. It is a brand new super sports car that draws on the past to define its future. It has doors like no other. It is the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
The new SLS AMG represents a milestone in AMG’s history. It is the first production vehicle designed and developed entirely in-house. It brings together the formidable attributes both companies – AMG’s four decades of motorsport and Mercedes-Benz’s peerless experience in the production of luxurious, high-performance vehicles - to create a super sports car unlike any other.
Pricing and Options
The SLS AMG is now on sale in the UK and is priced at £168,450 on the road. It is comprehensively-equipped and features seven-spoke AMG alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps with integral LED daytime driving lights, heated electrically-adjustable AMG sports seats with designo leather upholstery, COMAND multimedia system with satellite navigation, an AMG Performance multi-function sports steering wheel and Parktronic as standard.
With its inimitable Gullwing doors, powerful stance, thrusting bonnet, and pert rear – the new SLS AMG draws inspiration from the iconic 300 SL of 1954 to create AMG’s first ground-up super sports car. Aerodynamically honed for superb high-speed stability, the SLS AMG’s wide and low proportions are complemented by boldly flared wheelarches, an integrated rear aerofoil and rear diffuser.
Under the SLS AMG’s runway-long bonnet sits a bespoke version of AMG’s award-winning 6208cc V8 engine. It generates 571 hp at 6,800 rpm and 650 Nm at 4,750 rpm – enough power to reach 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, 124 mph in 12 seconds and on to a limited 197 mph top speed. Weighing just 206kg and featuring motorsport-derived dry-sump lubrication the SLS AMG is mated to an AMG Speedshift DCT seven-speed transmission via a lightweight sand cast aluminium torque tube with a DTM-derived carbon fibre propshaft weighing just 4kg.
The SLS AMG is the first Mercedes-Benz to feature an all-aluminium chassis. The lightweight and incredibly rigid spaceframe weighs just 241kg, and along with the aluminium suspension components, plays a key role in achieving a low 1695 kg kerb weight. Mounting the engine low and well behind the front axle, and housing the transmission over the rear axle results in an ideal 47:53 front to rear weight distribution and a low centre of gravity.
Thirty five real life crash tests and 1,000 computer-simulated impacts have resulted in an incredibly strong chassis with reinforced A-pillars that can support three times the car’s weight. The design of the Gullwing doors ensures they can be opened even if the car is inverted. This safety structure is complemented by eight airbags, three-stage ESP®, ASR Acceleration Skid Control, an AMG high-performance brake system and a sophisticated tyre pressure monitoring system.
The leather-wrapped cabin draws inspiration from the world of aviation with its broad wing-shaped dashboard, the clarity of its circular dials, the flightdeck-inspired centre console and jet turbine-like circular air vents. Its perfect driving position, extensive equipment levels and choice of tactile leathers and alloys make the low slung two-seater cockpit special enough to make every journey something to be savoured yet versatile enough for everyday driving.
The SLS AMG packs a full 21st century technical punch with features such as adaptive bi-Xenon headlamps, a lightweight carbon fibre drive shaft, nano-particle paint technology, carbon ceramic composite brakes, Race Start launch control, four-stage gearshift speed selection and a bespoke 11-speaker 1,000 Watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG audio system with twin amplifiers and illuminated tweeter lenses.
When Mercedes-Benz launched the 300 SL in 1952 it stunned the automotive world with its unmatched combination of gorgeous styling, futuristic technology and improbably performance. Wrapped in sheet aluminium, the Sport Leicht coupe weighed just 1310kg and its 2996 cc straight six engine featured Bosch direct fuel injection and generated 212 hp for a 160 mph top speed, making it the most desirable – and fastest – car of the 1950s