Posted by Harish KumarApril 17, 2009 at 7:20 am
The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Gullwing is the result of Mclaren and Mercedes parting ways and as a result Mercedes AMG will exclusively engineer their own supercar. The Mclaren SLR, SLR Roadster and Mclaren SLR Stirling Moss will be the last road going car that the two brands will co-engineer, ending their epic journey of development. Mclaren is now busy making their replacement for the Mclaren F1, Mercedes is almost ready to debut their new SLS AMG Gullwing!
The car is the first model to be completely engineered top to bottom at AMG, Mercedes Benz in-house tuners. AMG’s history stretches well over 40 years in this field and are one of the finest tuners in the business. These sketches were released by Mercedes Benz and they just remind us of the classic lines of the 300 SL and 300 SLR from 1950’s, the cars which have provided the SLS all the inspiration. The party piece however, is the magnificent Gullwing doors!
“Mercedes-Benz is presenting an exhilarating super sports car in the guise of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which is bound to set the pulses of all car enthusiasts racing that extra bit faster. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is emotion pure and simple for the Mercedes-Benz brand and is set to become one of the most alluring sports cars of our era”, says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
The sketches are very stylistic and show a slightly exaggerated version of the SLS. Expect the actual model to be very close. The entire vehicle is made from an Aluminium spaceframe, a first for AMG Mercedes who were used to Steel chassis. This coupled with super rigid setup, front-mid engined setup and a 1,620 kg curb weight will definitely contribute to razor sharp driving dynamics.
Power is provided by the familiar 6.3L AMG V-8 (normally aspirated) and makes 571bhp (420kW) @ 6800 rpm with a maximum torque of 650Nm @ 4750rpm. Although this may sound modest, the light weight gives it a 0-100km/h time of just 3.8 seconds. Unlike normal Mercedes Benz which are electronically speed limited to 155 mph, this will keep going all the way to a top speed of 315 km/h (197 mph).
It will also use Mercedes new 7-speed double clutch transaxle transmission that uses a DTM (Deutsche Touring Meisterschaft) style torque tube and carbon fiber drive shaft. Optimum traction comes courtesy of the mechanical differential lock, which is integrated in the compact transmission casing. The dry sump and the transaxle give it a low center of gravity and near perfect 48:52 weight distribution. You can enjoy all these features by feasting your eyes on the special pictures that we have in store for you.
“Our customers will experience with the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG the expertise of our sports car manufacturer Mercedes-AMG, built up over 40 years of motor racing, along with the kind of scintillating design that only a top athlete from the Mercedes-Benz stable can offer”, says Volker Mornhinweg, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.
AMG high performance carbon ceramic brakes help force the SLS to a stop. They boast 40% weight reduction due to lighter components and hence lower unsprung mass. Light weight 19-inch high performance AMG rims are used that reduce weight even further.
The interior shots have been revealed and the SLS has all the creature comforts that one would look for in a supercar. Those carbon fiber inserts on the dash and the panels further the racing touch. The dials are superbly designed and the Mercedes COMAND system knob is visible as well and the integration of the LCD screen in the dash makes it smooth and flowing.
Thanks to sophisticated catalytic converter technology, the SLS surpasses future emission standards such as EU 5, LEV 2 and ULEV to be met. The SLS AMG consumes around 13 litres of Super Plus per 100 km (NEDC combined, provisional figure). With the final phase of testing underway, the car is expected to debut in 2010.