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
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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