Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (C 197) – Frontansicht geöffnet, 10. August 2011, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Production January 2010–2014
Model years 2010-2014
Assembly Sindelfingen, Germany
Designer Mark Fetherston (2007)
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-door coupe
2-door roadster (soft top convertible)
Layout Front mid-engine, rear-wheel drive, Transaxle
Powertrain
Engine 6.2 L V8, DOHC
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,680 mm (105.5 in)
Length 4,638 mm (182.6 in)
Width 1,939 mm (76.3 in)
Height Coupe: 49.3 in (1,252 mm)
Roadster: 49.7 in (1,262 mm)
Curb weight 1,620 kg (3,570 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is a front-engine, 2-seater luxury grand tourer automobile developed by Mercedes-AMG of German automaker Mercedes-Benz and is the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed in-house by AMG.[1] The car, which has gull-wing doors is the successor to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren and is described by Mercedes-Benz as a spiritual successor to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing.[2] SLS stands for "Sport Leicht Super" (Sport Light Super). The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is assembled in Sindelfingen, Germany.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and sales began in mid-2010 in Europe.[3] and in the United States in mid-2011.[4] Mercedes presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show an electric version of the car, named Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive.

Design[edit]

The SLS AMG was designed to be a modern 300SL Gullwing revival by Mark Fetherston from October 2006 to April 2007.[5][6][7] The SLS AMG has also adapted the feature of wing doors that will swing open upwards on gas struts, and 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.[4] In case of a roll-over, the doors can be fully detached to allow the occupants to leave the vehicle.

Although there is some overlapping in price and performance, the lighter SLS AMG is considered more of a sporty track-oriented car, compared to the Mercedes-Benz SL which is a more autobahn-focused grand tourer especially with its optional V12 engine.[8] Compared to the SLS AMG Roadster, the SL is a hardtop convertible with technological and comfort amenities, and it also has available heated and cooled seats with a massage function.[9] The SLS AMG has also been said to be one of the cheapest cars on the market with an unusual door design.[10]

Models[edit]

The SLS AMG will be made in at least four 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, in mid-2010 a FIA-GT3 racing version. For 2011–2013 Mercedes will also be releasing a roadster (with conventional doors and a soft top), an electric powered E-Cell 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 300 kg (661 lb).

SLS AMG "AMG Desert Gold" (2009)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG "AMG Desert Gold"

It is a version of SLS AMG Coupé with decorative and mounted features in shining chrome or Silver Shadow colours, black-painted AMG light-alloy wheels in size 9.5 x 19 at the front and 11.0 x 20 at the rear with a golden ring on the rim flange, gold body colour.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Dubai International Motor Show.[11]

SLS AMG Coupé (2010)[edit]

SLS AMG includes 9.5x19-inch front and 11x20-inch rear AMG 7-spoke light-alloy wheels (optional 5-twin-spoke wheels and 10-spoke forged wheels), 265/35 R 19 front and 295/30 R 20 rear tyres, tyre pressure monitoring system, Formula-1-style LED fog lamp/reversing light, black diffuser insert, two chromed tailpipes, spoiler automatically deployed from a speed of 120 km/h, a choice of 9 body colours (including AMG ALU-BEAM silver (an approximately 10,000 Euro option), designo magno allanite grey (matte), AMG magno sylvanite grey (matte) Mars Red), instrument cluster with LED upshift indicator and two white backlit dial instruments, COMAND APSmultimedia system with its 7-inch screen between the two centre air vents, AMGDRIVE UNIT towards the SLSdriver, E-SELECT shift lever, nappa leather, solid metal and (optional) genuine carbon-fibre facings; a choice of 5 designo leather colours (black, classic red, sand, porcelain and light brown), sports seat backrests in magnesium, sports seats with two-zone seat cushions and four-way lumbar support and optional Memory package (three configurable individual settings), integrated head restraints and sporty transverse fluting upholstered in designo leather (in optional classic red, sand and porcelain), performance leather steering wheel in a three-spoke design with 365-millimetre rim, 3.7-litre glove compartment with a spectacles section, 176-litre luggage compartment, carbon-fibre driveshaft at the rear axle, AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, 3-stage ESP with acceleration skid control system.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and later in 2009 Tokyo Game Show,[12] Auto China 2010,[13][14] Haneda Airport 2nd terminal.[15] Production model went on sale in spring 2010.[16][17]

Commercial release of German model began in 16 November 2009.[18]

Japan model preorder began on 2010-04-14, with sales began at 2010-06-10, and delivery began in 2010-09-28.[19][20][21]

SLS AMG Coupe (Mars Red)[edit]

The red color of the SLS AMG coupe.

SLS AMG "Blackbird" (2010)[edit]

Photograph
"Blackbird" at the 2010 Australian International Motor Show

It is a version of 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé with designo magno Night Black body colour with red highlights, ordered by Mercedes-Benz's Australian subsidiary for the Australian International Motor Show.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 Australian International Motor Show.[22][23][24]

SLS AMG E-CELL prototype (2011)[edit]

PhotographSLS AMG
E-Cell at 2011 Geneva Motor Show

The drivable prototype is based on SLS AMG Coupé, but is powered by four electric motors that provide a combined 392 kW (533 PS; 526 hp) and 880 N·m (649 lb·ft). The battery is a 400 V lithium battery with a 48 kWh capacity.[25] Other features include pushrod damper struts, 402 x 39 mm front and 360 x 32 mm rear brake discs made in carbon fibre-strengthened ceramic, Full-LED headlamps, AMG 10-spoke light-alloy wheels with smooth-surfaced design, 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) tyres, AMG Drive Unit angled towards driver, quality nappa leather in a black/white colour combination at sports seats, performance leather/alcantara steering wheel and the door linings, centre tunnel.[25]

The battery came from Deutsche Accumotive GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between Daimler AG and Evonik Industries AG.[26] The drivetrain has been in development since 2010 as a result of the cooperation between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth.[27]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 North American International Auto Show.[28]

SLS AMG GT3 (2011–)[edit]

The SLS AMG GT3 is a race car version of SLS AMG Coupé, developed in accordance with the GT3 regulations of the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile). It includes a sequential six-speed racing transmission with steering wheel shift paddles, an integrated multi-disc locking differential and traction control, adjustment facilities for the springs and shock absorbers, the suspension height, the stabilisers, the track width and camber; rack-and-pinion steering with a more direct ratio and servo assistance, AMG 18-inch light-alloy wheels, a steel racing braking system with racing ABS, seat shell (individually foam-padded, features the HANS (Head and Neck Support) system) located in a high-strength carbon-fibre (CFRP) safety cell, a six-point seat belt, optimised fire extinguisher system, central display positioned within the driver's field of vision. Development of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 testing programme began on Lausitz Eurospeedway in June 2010.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2010 New York International Auto Show[29] and Puebla in Mexico,[30] and later a silver version of the car was unveiled in 2010 Pebble Beach Concourse D'elegance.[31] The vehicle went on sale for €334,000 (not incl. VAT) or €397,460 (incl. 19% VAT), only in left-hand drive configuration. Deliveries began in February 2011, following homologation by the FIA in accordance with the GT3 regulations.[32][33][34]

SLS AMG Roadster (2011)[edit]

Roadster at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

The SLS AMG Roadster is a convertible version of SLS AMG Coupé, with conventional doors, three-layered fabric soft top (in magnesium/steel/aluminium construction) that opens and closes in 11 seconds, and can be operated on the move at up to 50 km/h (31 mph). The roadster's DIN kerb weight is 40 kg (88 lb) more than the SLS AMG Coupé. The Roadster reinforcements include side skirts with greater wall thicknesses and more chambers, dashboard cross-member is supported against the windscreen frame and centre tunnel by additional struts, a curved strut between the soft top and the tank reinforces the rear axle, a reinforcing cross-member behind the seats to support the fixed roll-over protection system. Other features include 265/35 ZR 19 front and 295/30 ZR 20 rear wheels, optional AMG Sepang brown body colour, optional weight-optimised forged wheels in a 10-spoke design in black with a high-sheen rim flange, optional AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, 175 litres boot capacity, choice of 3 trims (leather, matte-finished solid metal, optional carbon-fibre), black designo leather upholstery, AMG sports seats with heating, a slot-in glass draught-stop, COMAND APS with DVD player, anti-theft alarm system with tow-away protection and interior monitoring, THERMOTRONIC luxury automatic climate control, KEYLESS-GO starting function, optional AIRSCARF ventilation at backrests of the AMG sports seats, leather-lined roll-over bars with integrated mesh in a "Silver Shadow" look with optional designo Exclusive leather, optional electrically folding exterior mirrors, optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system, AMG Performance Media with high-speed mobile internet access (via Android operating system), optional Blind Spot Assist, optional AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, 3-stage ESP with acceleration skid control, optional front AMG ceramic brake discs, AMG 7-spoke light-alloy wheels (optional 5-twin-spoke wheels, weight-optimised 10-spoke forged wheels), 265/35 R 19 front and 295/30 R 20 rear tyres, tyre pressure monitoring system.

The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show.[35][36][37][38]

Ordering began from 1 June 2011, with its market launch began in autumn 2011.[39]

Japan model went on sale in 2011-09-21.[40]

SLS AMG Ambulance (2011)[edit]

It is an ambulance version of SLS AMG Coupe.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 RETTmobil emergency vehicle expo.[41]

SLS AMG Matte Black Edition (2011–2013)[edit]

It is a limited version of SLS AMG Coupé for Japan market, commemorating the first year of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. It included designo magno Night Black body colour with red highlights at 3-pointed star, grill fin, bonnet fin, SLS/AMG rear emblems, fuel lid (from the Blackbird car); matte black exhaust tip, high gloss black interior trim, leather upholstery in classic red/black, AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, AMG red brake calliper, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels in matte black, AMG performance steering wheel in leather/Alcantara.

The vehicle went on sale in 2011-09-09.[42]

SLS AMG Matte Edition (2012)[edit]

SLS AMG Roadster Matte Black Edition is a limited (5 units) version of left-drive SLS AMG Roadster for Japan market. It included designo magno Night Black body colour, classic red/black interior, black soft top, high gloss black interior trim, red paint metal parts (3-pointed star, grill fin, bonnet fin, fender fin, AMG rear/6.3 emblems, fuel lid), matte black exhaust tip, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels in matte black in matte black with red rim, 2-tone leather upholstery, AMG performance steering wheel in leather/Alcantara, Performance Studio floor mat, AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension.

SLS AMG Coupé Matte White Edition and SLS AMG Roadster Matte White Edition are limited (10 Coupé, 5 Roadster) versions of left-drive SLS AMG Coupé and SLS AMG Roadster respectively, for Japan market. It included designo magno Cashmere White body colour, porcelain/black interior, black soft top (Roadster only), high gloss black interior trim, matte black paint metal parts (3-pointed star, grill fin, bonnet fin, fender fin, AMG rear/6.3 emblems, fuel lid, door mirror cover), matte black exhaust tip, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear AMG 10-spoke alloy wheels in matte black in matte black, 2-tone leather upholstery, AMG performance steering wheel in leather/Alcantara, Performance Studio floor mat, AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension.

The vehicles went on sale in 2012-05-29, with deliveries of SLS AMG Roadster Matte Black Edition, SLS AMG Coupé Matte White Edition, SLS AMG Roadster Matte White Edition began in September 2012, October 2012, October 2012 respectively.[43][44]

SLS AMG GT (2012)[edit]

Available in Coupé and Roadster bodies, SLS AMG GT has the same torque (479 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm) and the same top speed (an electronically limited 197 mph) but includes a 20 horsepower increase in engine power to 591 PS (435 kW; 583 hp)@6800rpm and 650 N·m (479 lbf·ft)@4750rpm, resulting in an ever so slight 1/10 of a second decrease in 0-60 speed (3.7 seconds to 3.6 seconds) over the prior year model,[45] shorten transmission reaction time in the manual "M" transmission mode, AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension, selection of suspension modes via AMG DRIVE UNIT, 3 additional AMG light-alloy wheels options, Alcantara black interior upholstery, red seat belts, contrasting stitching on the AMG sports seats and the centre console and the door panel lining in red, floor mats in red edging, high-gloss black AMG trim on the centre console and door panel, 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 Alcantara grip, AMG instrument cluster with black faceplate, AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather option (a diamond design with contrasting stitching, designo leather finish for the entire dashboard, the beltlines and door armrests, the handrest on the centre console, AMG floor mats in black with porcelain leather edging, roof lining in Alcantara porcelain, and the parcel shelf (Coupé) or roll-over bar (Roadster)) in 3 colour combinations (mocha brown/porcelain, titanium grey pearl/porcelain, mystic red/porcelain). Other options 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.[46]

SLS AMG GT completed Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7 minute 30 seconds.[47]

The market launch began in October 2012.[48]

US models went on sale in mid- November 2012 as 2013 model year vehicles, replacing previous SLS AMG versions.[49]

Japan models went on sale on 2012-11-30, with delivery set to begin in March 2013.[50]

SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" (2012)[edit]

It is a limited (5 units) version of SLS AMG GT3 commemorating the 45th anniversary of AMG brand. It included designo magno graphite matte body colour, a seat shell in a high-strength carbon-fibre safety cell on the co-driver's side, carbon fibre reinforced plastic doors, bonnet, mudguards, boot lid, rear wings, front and rear apron, front splitter and rear diffusor.[51][52]

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 São Paulo International Motor Show.[53]

SLS AMG Coupé Black Series (2013)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Black Series

SLS AMG Coupé Black Series is a version of SLS AMG Coupé inspired by the racing version of the SLS AMG GT3. It includes increased engine power to 464 kW (622 hp) and decreased torque to 635 N·m (468 lb·ft), increased engine's redline to 8000 rpm, fully revised high-speed valve train with modified camshafts, adapted cam geometry and optimised bucket tappets featuring a special coating which is otherwise exclusive to racing vehicles, modification of the intake air ducting (derestriction and adaptation to the new maximum engine speed), adaptation of the engine application and increase in peak pressure. This results in a 0-60 speed of 3.5 seconds (1/10 of a second faster than the non-Black Series SLS), and a top speed of 196 mph (1 mph slower than the non-Black series).[54]

The vehicle is 70 kg (150 lb) lighter than the standard model. This is accomplished by increased use of carbon fibre in body panels, mechanical components, and the spaceframe. Further, a switch from steel to titanium for the exhaust reduces weight by 13 kg (29 lb). The use of lithium-ion battery reduces weight by 8 kg (18 lb).

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission is installed 10mm lower in order to achieve a lower centre of gravity for the vehicle and is braced against the body by gas-filled struts in order to avoid stress cycles. The transmission's "Sport plus" and "Manual" modes feature faster shifting speed. The downshifting throttle blips are more audible. The new temporary M mode enables the driver to activate manual mode without having to remove a hand from the steering wheel, by pressing the "up" or "down" shift paddle once.

Other features include electronically controlled AMG rear-axle differential lock with a shorter rear-axle ratio, new AMG RIDE CONTROL performance suspension (tauter basic tuning and electronically controlled two-stage damping, coil-over spring retainers to enable adjustment of wheel loads, elastokinematics 50 / 42% more rigid (front/rear axle), track width increased by 20 / 24 millimetres (front/rear axle), new wheel carriers on front axle and new front stabiliser tuning, matte black with high-sheen AMG 10-spoke light-alloy wheels in particularly light forged design with optimised strength (10x19-inch front, 12x20-inch rear), Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 sports tyres (275/35 R 19 front, 325/30 R 20 rear), AMG speed-sensitive steering with newly defined power steering characteristic), AMG ceramic brake discs (402 x 39 millimetres front and 360 x 32 millimetres rear) with increased hardness, wide flared wings with an added width of 13 mm (front) and 26 mm (rear) on each side, darkened headlamps and black surrounds for the rear lights, front apron and rear apron with diffusor along with side sill panels in Black Series-specific design (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic front splitter, carbon inserts in the side sills and the rear apron made of carbon fibre, enlarged air intakes with carbon-fibre flics), carbon-fibre bonnet with central air outlet, Alcantara black or Alcantara black/red interior AMG Performance steering wheel with Alcantara upholstery, metal bezel features a high-gloss black paint finish to match the high-gloss black surrounds of the air vents, Alcantara strip in anthracite across the entire width of dashboard leather with red contrasting stitching in the leather, designo leather and Alcantara upholstery (including bottom section of the dashboard, door centre panels and on the AMG sports bucket seats in Alcantara), deleted COMAND APS multimedia system replaced by a carbon-fibre trim element (COMAND APS is optionally available), AMG DRIVE UNIT, red seat belts and red contrasting stitching on the AMG sports bucket seats, the upper and lower section of the dashboard and the door panelling; floor mats with red edging, optional Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system.

Optional AMG Aerodynamics package includes a fixed adjustable carbon-fibre rear aerofoil in the style of the SLS AMG GT3, rear aerofoil braced by aluminium elements on a special insert on the boot lid, additional carbon-fibre flics on the front apron. New body colour choice include AMG solar beam (total 7, including matte paint designo magno alanite grey)

Other options include AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirror, AMG carbon-fibre engine cover, AMG Interior Carbon-Fibre package, AMG infotainment system (incl. COMAND APS, AMG Performance Media and backup camera), Media Interface.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 LA Auto Show,[55][56] with a market launch that began in June 2013.[57]

US model set to go on sale on summer 2013 as 2014 model year vehicle.[58]

SLS AMG Electric Drive (2013)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive
SLS AMG Electric Drive.JPG
Overview
Production 2013
Powertrain
Electric motor 4x synchronous motor
Total 552 kW (740 hp),1,000 N·m (740 lb·ft)
Battery 60 kW·h lithium ion battery
Electric range 250 km (160 mi) (NEDC)

The SLS AMG Electric Drive is a limited edition electric version of the SLS AMG released in June 2013.[59] The production vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Paris Motor Show, with market launch initially scheduled for June 2013.[60][61] Pricing in Germany starts at €416,500 (~ US$544,236).[62]

History[edit]

Following the SLS AMG E-CELL prototype premiere, the production of SLS AMG E-CELL was originally announced in 2011 North American International Auto Show.[63]

The production version of SLS AMG E-CELL includes four synchronous electric motors rated 392 kW (533 PS; 526 hp) and 880 N·m (649 lb·ft), 400V 48 kWh lithium-ion battery from Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (formerly Mercedes-Benz High Performance Engines) rated 480 kW (653 PS; 644 hp), woven CFRP battery monocoque, independent multi-link suspension with pushrod damper struts, 402 x 39 mm front and 360 x 32 mm rear brake discs made in carbon fibre-strengthened ceramic. The vehicle was set to go on sale in 2013.[64]

Powertrain[edit]

The SLS AMG Electric Drive will be powered by four electric motors with combined ratings of 552 kW (751 PS; 740 hp) and 1,000 N·m (738 lb·ft). Each motor can spin up to 13,000 rpm and weighs 45 kg (99 lb). In addition, the transmission allows each motor to selectively drive all 4 wheels. With this, the SLS AMG Electric Drive accelerates from standing still to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

Battery[edit]

The SLS AMG Electric Drive will include a liquid-cooled 400 V lithium-ion battery rated to 60 kWh that delivers a range of 250 km (160 mi) under the combined New European Driving Cycle.[65] The 548 kg (1,208 lb) battery pack is made up of 12 modules, each comprising 72 lithium-ion cells. The system was designed as a collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd.[59]

SLS AMG GT Final Edition (2014)[edit]

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition

Available in Coupé and Roadster bodies, they are limited (350 units total, 25 in Japan) versions of SLS AMG GT with exposed carbon fiber hood with central air outlet, carbon fiber front splitter on the front apron, fixed carbon fiber rear spoiler from SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, a choice of 2 exclusive AMG forged light-alloy wheels (inlaid in matte black with the spokes and rim flange in a high-sheen finish, completely painted matte black highlighted by a pencil thin high-sheen rim flange), designo magno graphite matte body colour (from the SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY"), struts of the rear apron in high-gloss black, red-painted brake callipers, 265/35 R 19 (front) and 295/30 R 20 (rear) Dunlop Sport Maxx Race Cup tires as a no-cost option, designo Exclusive leather upholstery in a diamond-stitch pattern at center panels of both the seats and the doors, contrasting topstitching in silver with black leather upholstery, silver seat belts, black floor mats edged in silver leather, high gloss carbon fiber trim, "AMG FINAL EDITION - 1 of 350" badge on the carbon fiber center console, 3D seam (a fine strip of Alcantara) set into the leather-covered upper dashboard, contrasting topstitching in silver at 3D seam, AMG Performance steering wheel in Alcantara with a silver 12 o'clock marking and black metal inserts, high-gloss black surrounds of the air vents, sports seats with an embossed AMG crest in the head restraints.[66][67]

The "Final Edition" changes do not result in any quantifiable performance difference over the prior year model. Horsepower, torque, 0-60 speed, and top speed are all identical.[68]

Other options include Carbon Fiber Exterior Mirror Covers, Carbon Fiber Engine Compartment Covers, Extended Interior Carbon Fiber package (additional carbon-fiber trim on seat backrest and side, as well as door sill panels), AMG Carbon-Ceramic High-Performance braking system, AMG Performance Media, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show and 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, followed by 2013 Osaka Motor Show.[69]

Market launch was set to begin in March 2014.[70]

Japan model was set to be delivered in June 2014, which included 20 Coupés, 5 Roadsters, a choice of 6 body colours (Fire Opal solid, Obsidian Black metallic, Elysium Silver metallic, AMG Imola Grey (premium), designo Magno Graphite (matte) (premium), designo Mystic White 2 (premium)), black designo Nappa full leather interior upholstery with silver diamond pattern stitching at door centre panel, seat centre; anthracite roof liner, choice of 3 soft top colours for Roadster (black, beige, red), carbon fibre door mirror, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG sound system, optional AMG Carbon-Ceramic brake.[71]

Specifications[edit]

Physical[edit]

  • Wheelbase: 105.5 in (2,680 mm)
  • Length: 182.6 in (4,640 mm)
  • Width: 76.3 in (1,940 mm)
  • Height: 49.7 in (1,260 mm)
  • Wheels: 9.50 × 19 in (front), 11 × 20 in (rear), forged aluminium
  • Tyres: 265/35 R 19 (front), 295/30 R 20 (rear)

Body style[edit]

Model Coupé Roadster
SLS AMG 2010– 2011–
SLS AMG GT 2012– 2012–
SLS AMG Coupé Black Series 2013– na
SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive 2013– na

Engine[edit]


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Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
SLS AMG 2010– 6,208 cc (378.8 cu in) V8 (M 159 E 63) 571 PS (420 kW; 563 hp)@6800, 650 N·m (479 lbf·ft)@4750
SLS AMG GT 2012– 6,208 cc (378.8 cu in) V8 (M 159 E 63) 591 PS (435 kW; 583 hp)@6800, 650 N·m (479 lbf·ft)@4750
SLS AMG Coupé Black Series 2013– 6,208 cc (378.8 cu in) V8 (M 159 E 63) 631 PS (464 kW; 622 hp)@7400, 635 N·m (468 lbf·ft)@5500
SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive 2013– 4 synchronous electric motors 751 PS (552 kW; 741 hp)@?, 1,000 N·m (738 lb·ft)@0
400V 60 kWh lithium-ion battery 816 PS (600 kW; 805 hp)

Transmission[edit]

Model Years Types
SLS AMG 2010– 7-speed sports (AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT)
SLS AMG GT 2012– 7-speed sports (AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT)
SLS AMG Coupé Black Series 2013– 7-speed sports (AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT)
SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive 2013– Single speed auto

AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission is connected to engine through a lightweight carbon fiber driveshaft in a transaxle arrangement.[2] Selectable driving modes include "C" (Controlled Efficiency), "S" (Sport), "S+" (Sport plus) or "M" (Manual).[72] A true manual transmission is not available.

Brakes[edit]

Standard brakes are 390 mm (15.35 in) (front) and 360 mm (14.17 in) (rear) cast iron disc brakes with 6-piston aluminium (front) and 4-piston (rear) calipers. Optional on the SLS AMG are carbon-ceramic disc brakes. 402 mm (15.83 in) discs with 6-piston aluminium calipers (front) and 360 mm (14.17 in) discs with 4-piston calipers (rear). These brakes provide increased stopping power with a 40% weight reduction compared to the standard brake system.[2]

Environment[edit]

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).[2]

Performance[edit]

The SLS AMG is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h) (figures are provisional).[73] The supercar can also perform a quarter mile time of 11.1 seconds at 132 mph (212 km/h).[74]

Safety[edit]

In the June 2010 issue of Car and Driver magazine, safety specifications were revealed pertaining to the safety of the SLS AMG's gullwing doors. Ten to fifteen milliseconds after a detected rollover, explosive bolts situated at the top of the door frame fire and bell cranks separate the doors from the car for easy exit during a serious accident. An anti-locking system and a 3-stage ESP are standard.

Exterior[edit]

The exterior aluminum body is supplied by Magna Steyr.[75] This and the CL65 AMG 40th Anniversary Edition are the only roadgoing Mercedes-Benz with the AMG Alubeam Silver paint available, at an extra cost of €11,900 in Germany. Other colors include both metallic as matte colors, such as Designo Magno Kashmir, the matte paint known from the SL63 AMG IWC edition.

The SLS AMG has a rearwing which will extend at high speeds for stability and handling, and when braking.

Motorsport[edit]

SLS AMG F1 Safety Car[edit]

Mercedes-Benz supplies the SLS to the FIA Formula One World Championship as its safety car

SLS AMG is used as Formula 1 World Championship as Official F1 Safety Car in 2010,[76][77] 2011,[78] 2012,[79] 2013, and 2014 seasons.

2011 SLS AMG was used in AMG Driving Academy Stage 1 SLS during the 2009 AMG Driving Academy season.[80]

SLS AMG E-CELL[edit]

SLS AMG E-CELL was raced in Paul Pietsch Classic 2011 under the 'Classic meets Future' category.[81]

SLS AMG E-CELL was raced in 2011 Silvretta electric car race that took place in the Montafon region of Austria.[82]

SLS AMG GT3 (2011–)[edit]

GT3 at Nürburgring

SLS AMG GT3 was first raced in the 2010 VLN Nürburgring Endurance Championship.[83][84] At VLN Nürburgring, the SLS AMG GT3 was admitted into the SP9 class with "Balance of Performance" set to 1,350 kg (2,980 lb) and 556 PS (409 kW; 548 hp),[85] and won its first race in October.[86] The car also won the 2012 24 Hours of Dubai under Black Falcon Racing.

Erebus Racing who race in the Australian GT Championship run the car which is driven by Peter Hackett who is also the Chief Instructor at the Australian Mercedes Benz Driving Academy.[87]

SLS AMG GT3 is used in the MASTERS SLS AMG GT3 level of AMG Driving Academy programme.[88][89]

SLS AMG GT3 was competed in Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011.[90]

Black Swan Racing currently uses the SLS AMG GT3 in the Sports Car Club of America Pirelli World Challenge.[91]

An SLS took part in the 2012 Super GT season, with drivers Haruki Kurosawa and Hironori Takeuchi coming joint 5th in the GT300 drivers championship. Five cars are currently competing in the 2013 season.

An SLS won the 2013 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, entered by Erebus Motorsport.

An SLS set the fastest lap, and won the 2013 24 Hours of Spa, taking the first Mercedes win in the race since 1964.

Production[edit]

The aluminum bodies for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG are built by Magna Steyr unit based in Austria – Graz.[92][93]

Production of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (C 197) began at Sindelfingen in January 2010.[30]

The engines for SLS AMG GT3 "45th ANNIVERSARY" were installed by Bernd Schneider.[94]

25 SLS AMG GT3's were built for competition with only one not racing in Europe.

Production of SLS AMG was set to end after producing SLS AMG GT FINAL EDITION in early 2014.[70]

As of the end of June 2014, after the time that production of the SLS AMG ended, a total of 2,632 Mercedes SLS AMGs had been sold in the United States. This figure includes both Gullwings and roadsters combined.[95]

Marketing[edit]

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG shoes were produced with Italian clothier Santoni.[96]

As part of SLS AMG Coupé market launch, a print ad (started in February 2010) featured a red Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG striking a powerful pose on grey asphalt against a black backdrop. The visual motif is supported by a brief, meaningful message, such as "Oh Lord …" or "A cockpit. An engine. Two wings. Is it still a car?", for example. The print ad appeared in daily newspapers and magazines. A TV advert with Michael Schumacher telling the story of an experiment with SLS AMG demonstrating its technical highlights from preparation and test phases to the realisation was produced. The TV ad was premiered on 30 January 2010 on all major television channels with a 60-second roadblock, followed by a 45-second version in reruns until the end of March. The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG web site was extended with the addition of an interactive guided tour of the AMG development plant. In addition, three editions of an online magazine provided extensive information on the performance ("Milliseconds"), the lightweight construction ("Milligrams") and the design ("Millimetres") of the SLS AMG. A reporter blog www.sls-amg-reporter.de was launched featuring fictional enthusiast Matthew K. posting reports, pictures and video clips of his travels as an SLS AMG reporter as he follows the global launch of the new gullwing. Starting at February 2010, a new iPhone application called "SLS AMG" was launched, featuring preview of the car via 360° gameplay using the iPhone's accelerometer. SLS AMG also appeared in Gran Turismo 5, scheduled for release in 2010.[97]

Cigarette 46' Rider, a boat inspired by SLS AMG and built by Cigarette Racing, was unveiled in 2010 the Miami International Boat Show.[98]

As part of SLS AMG Roadster launch in the UK, a video featuring David Coulthard catching a speeding golf ball hit by professional golfer Jake Shepherd with Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster was produced, and was independently verified by a Guinness World Record adjudicator as title of farthest golf shot caught in a moving car.[99][100]

Minichamps produced a limited (197 units) edition of SLS AMG GT3 1:18 scale model car for the IAA. The vehicle includes 88 parts, painted in matt black and features poison green details. The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show.[101]

Discontinuation[edit]

The SLS AMG was discontinued in early 2014 after a short several year production run. It will be replaced by a substantially less costly offering with traditional (rather than Gullwing) doors and a much smaller but forced induction engine that is designed to compete against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. This marks the end of Mercedes' remarkable 6.2 liter naturally aspirated M159 engine.[102] AMG head Tobias Moers said that engine downsizing is becoming ever more important, and that AMG will replace the SLS with "a new sports car in a more (price) accessible segment." As he put it, "There won't be an immediate successor to the SLS AMG. The SLS gave the AMG brand a special brand icon with its iconic Gullwing doors and we like to treat it as something special for both the company and the SLS owners."[103]

Popular culture[edit]

The SLS AMG is featured as the cover car for the PlayStation 3 racing game Gran Turismo 5.[104][105][106][107]

The car was featured in the Top Gear Series 16 Premiere, in which the three presenters use various supercars to drive up a part of the east coast of the United States. Jeremy Clarkson brought along the car, praising virtually everything about the car (although he does mention that the doors are a bit excessive). Also in the Xbox 360 video game Forza Motorsport 4, Clarkson commented that "This is not just the greatest car Mercedes makes; right now, I think, it's the greatest car in the world."

The car is also used for the 2011 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon, as the Decepticon Soundwave.

A silver version of this car features in the television series The Cape, driven by Summer Glau in the second episode.

A metallic gray SLS appeared in 2NE1's "I Am The Best" music video, with Sandara Park driving it.

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External links[edit]

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