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The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the new SLS AMG GT, available both as a Coupé and a Roadster. The new high-quality AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather is now also available as an optional extra for all SLS AMG models.

The market launch of the SLS AMG GT is October 2012. An overview of the pricing is as follows:
SLS AMG GT $255,113
SLS AMG GT Roadster $265,495
AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather $7,193

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The wing-shaped cross fins and the star recess in the radiator grille also retain a high-gloss finish, as do the exterior mirrors and the fins on the bonnet and wings. The AMG logo on the right of the boot lid also features the additional letters “GT”.
One look at the technical specifications highlights the fact that AMG has succeeded in enhancing the dynamic profile of the SLS AMG GT even further. The maximum output of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 front mid-engine is 435 kW (591 hp) at 6800 rpm, while the maximum torque is 650 Nm at 4750 rpm. The SLS AMG GT accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, and can reach a speed of 200 km/h in 11.2 seconds.

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The key data at a glance:

 
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
Cylinder arrangement
V8
Valves per cylinder
4
Displacement
6208 cc
Bore x stroke
102.2 x 94.6 mm
Compression ratio
11.3:1
Output
435 kW (591 hp) at 6800 rpm
Max. torque
650 Nm at 4750 rpm
Fuel consumption NEDC combined
13.2 l/100 km
CO2 emissions
308 g/km
Acceleration 0-100 km/h
3.7 s
Top speed
320 km/h*
* electronically limited

The automatic double-declutching function when shifting down is also more pronounced in the SLS AMG GT. Due to an increase in engine torque in manual mode, the shift procedure is even quicker than previously – and is accompanied by some passionate acoustic feedback for the driver. Overall, the optimisation of the dual clutch transmission complements the sporty nature of the SLS AMG GT perfectly.

But it is not just the AMG 6.3-litre V8 front mid-engine and the optimised dual clutch transmission which are responsible for increasing the driving dynamics of the SLS AMG GT. The newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension also enhances the vehicle’s sportiness. In the case of the SLS AMG GT, Mercedes-AMG has combined the sophisticated suspension layout with twin aluminium wishbones all round and variable, electronically controlled damping. Compared with the AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, the new AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension features basically stiffer spring/damper tuning and dispenses with “Comfort” mode.

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“Sport” mode is recommended as the optimum setting for undulating road surfaces and routes requiring increased suspension travel – such as found on rural roads or the legendary North Loop of the Nürburgring, for example. The control algorithm of the AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension reacts best to fluctuations in the road surface with a tendency towards lower damper force levels. The resulting effect is the best possible performance by effectively preventing rolling and pitching and providing excellent contact with the road when adopting a sporty driving style. The enhanced driving dynamics and even better race track performance are measureable: as part of an internal comparison with the SLS AMG, the SLS AMG GT was able to achieve faster
lap times on a race track.

“Sport plus” provides higher damping forces and features specific control algorithms which have been adjusted for a decidedly sporty driving style on routes with a level road surface – such as when trying to achieve ambitious lap times on a race circuit such as Hockenheim.

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The interior too features a consistently sporty design: the SLS AMG GT combines the high-quality, exclusive ambience of a true AMG model with the functional atmosphere of a racing car. The sports seats not only have an embossed badge on the head restraints, but the centre sections are also finished in Alcantara ® . Continuing the theme, Alcantara ® is also found on the door centre panels. The black interior appointments are combined with red seat belts, plus all of the contrasting stitching on the AMG sports seats, the centre console and the door panel lining is finished in red too. The floor mats also feature red edging.

The high-gloss black AMG trim on the centre console and door panel lining perfectly matches the high-gloss black edging on the adjustable cross-shaped air vents and the high-gloss real metal insert on the AMG Performance steering wheel with flattened lower section. The grip area is finished in Alcantara®, while the upper part of the steering wheel has a red 12 o’clock marking. The AMG instrument cluster is fitted with a black faceplate – at the top it also features an upshift indicator with seven LEDs.

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Other attractive optional extras for all SLS AMG models include:
  • AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirrors
  • AMG carbon-fibre engine compartment cover
  • AMG Interior Carbon-Fibre package (carbon-fibre trim, trim on seat backrest and side, door sill panels)
  • AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system
  • AMG Performance Media
  • AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in other colour variants
  • AMG carbon-fibre trim
  • AIRSCARF (Roadster)
  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system

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About The Author

David Marin

David Marin is a freelancer, online journal editor. He is our expert for expensive cars and luxury yachts. David is a former engineer, and lives on near Monte Carlo where he leads a very simple life.

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