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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Parent company Daimler AG
Production 2010-
Model year(s) 2010-
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Class luxury car and grand tourer
Body style(s) 2-door coupe,
Layout Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine(s) 6.2L V8
Transmission(s) 7-speed dual-clutch
Wheelbase 2,680 mm (106 in)
Length 4,638 mm (182.6 in)
Width 1,939 mm (76.3 in)
Height 1,262 mm (49.7 in)
Curb weight 1,620 kg (3,600 lb)
The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a luxury grand tourer automobile developed by Mercedes-Benz AMG to replace the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. The car is the first Mercedes automobile designed in-house by AMG and is described by Mercedes as a spiritual successor to the 300SL Gullwing.
The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Sales would begin in mid-2010 in Europe with MSRP of €177,310 (including taxes) and in the United States in mid-2011 for less than $200,000.


Rear view.
The SLS AMG is designed to be a modern 300SL Gullwing revival. The car has a long bonnet, the passenger compartment is close to the rear axle and the rear of the car is short. The SLS AMG will also adapt the feature of wing doors that will swing open upwards on gas struts, not in a mix of upwards and forward like the SLR. The doors must be closed manually as AMG engineers decided against auto-closing systems because the systems would have added 90 pounds (41 kg) to the car. In case of a roll-over, the doors can be fully detached to allow the occupants to leave the vehicle. The designer is Gordon Wagener whose family once had a 300SL.

SLS AMG versions

The SLS AMG will be made in at least 4 different versions. The first to launch is the coupe with gullwing doors. In 2009 a Desert Gold version debuted at the Dubai International Auto Show. For 2011-2013 Mercedes will also be releasing a roadster (with conventional doors and a softtop), an electric powered version (most likely to be a coupe), and there will be a Black Series version, which will see its weight being reduced by as much as 300kg.


The SLS-e will use electric powertrain components. It will include 4 electric motors on each wheel with combined ratings of 392 kW (525bhp) and 880 N·m (650 lb·ft), liquid-cooled 400V lithium-ion battery rated 48 kWh and a capacity of 40 Ah. The battery will be supplied by Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Evonik Industries AG.



  • Price: €177,310 (EUR)
  • Wheelbase: 105.5 in (2680 mm)
  • Length 182.6 in (4638 mm)
  • Width 76.3 in (1939 mm)
  • Height 49.7 in (1262 mm)
  • Kerb Weight: 3562.48 lb (1620 kg)
  • Top speed (governed): 196 miles per hour (315 km/h)
  • Power to weight ratio: 2.78 kg (6.1 lb)/ 1 PS (0.74 kW)


  • M 159 V8-engine, cylinder bank angle 90°
  • Four valves/cylinder
  • Displacement: 378.835 cu in (6.20799 L)
  • Bore x stroke: 102.2 mm (4 in) × 94 mm (4 in)
  • Power: 571 PS (563 hp) at 6800 rpm
  • Power per litre: 92 PS (91 hp)
  • Torque: 650 N·m (480 lb·ft) at 4750 rpm
  • Torque per litre: 104.7 N·m (77.2 lb·ft)
  • Max. 7200 rpm
  • Engine lubrication: dry sump
  • Weight: 206 kg (450 lb)


Standard transmission is AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed Getrag dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission through a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft. Selectable driving modes include "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) or "M" (Manual).


Optional on the SLS AMG are carbon-ceramic disc brakes. These brakes provide increased stopping power with a 40% weight reduction compared to the standard brake system.


The fuel consumption of the SLS AMG is around 13 L/100 km (22 mpg-imp; 18 mpg-US) combined driving according to (NEDC, provisional figure).


The high-performance SLS AMG is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.8 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 200 mph (figures are provisional.)


The exterior aluminum body is supplied by Magna International.