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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG prototype

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG prototype

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG prototype

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG interior

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG interior
Make Mercedes-Benz
Concept year 2009
Production year 2010
Engine 6.3 litre V8

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the replacement supercar for the Mercedes-Benz Mclaren SLR. However unlike the SLR which was futuristic in its design, the SLS AMG is distinctly retro and uses the 1955 300SL for inspiration - including the trademark 'gullwing' doors. However both the SLR and SLS share the same mid-front engine layout and the passenger compartment is pushed to the rear of the car. See the SLS AMG Production car.

"Mercedes-Benz is presenting an exhilarating super sports car in the guise of the new SLS AMG, which is bound to set the pulses of all car enthusiasts racing that extra bit faster. The 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.

At the 2009 New York Motor Show Mercedes-Benz revealed the first sketches of the new car and also a set of photos revealing the interior in its production form.

The SLS AMG is the first Mercedes-Benz car with an aluminium chassis and body. This lightweight construction means that the overall curb weight of the vehicle is 1,620 kilograms (3,571 lbs).

Powering the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is an AMG developed, naturally aspirated, 6.3 litre V8 which produces 571 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm. Connected to the engine via a carbon fibre shaft is a rear mounted, dual-clutch, 7 speed, automatic transmission with four different settings for use depending on the driving conditions or driver preferences. The rear mounted transmission also helps the SLS AMG achieve a front/rear weight distribution of 48/52 percent. This drivetrain gives the car a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of just 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 195 mph (315 km/h).

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