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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG interior

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


Year 2010
Engine 6.3 litre V8
Transmission 7-speed, dual-clutch RWD
Max speed 195 mph
0-60 mph 3.8 seconds
Horsepower 571 hp @ 6,800 rpm
weight 1620 kgs / 3571 lbs

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is the first car produced entirely in-house by Mercedes' performance division AMG.

As evidenced by the styling, Mercedes has jumped on the retro-design bandwagon in creating the SLS AMG. The shape and styling details are heavily influenced by the 300SL. But thankfully the technology underneath isn't.

The chassis and bodywork of the SLS AMG are both formed from aluminium, a first for Mercedes. This construction method helps reduce the weight while retaining rigidity and strength. The aluminium spaceframe comprises of cast aluminium components and aluminum sections. Cast components are used wherever high forces need to be transferred or where large components, such as the gullwing doors or the dashboard, are attached.

Located in a front-mid position is the AMG developed 6.3 litre V8 engine which produces 571 horsepower at 6,800 rpm, and a peak torque output of 650 Nm @ 4,750 rpm. This engine, which bears the internal designation of 'M159', is connected to the seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission via a carbon-fibre driveshaft similar to those found on DTM Touring cars. The transmission features different ferocity settings ranging from comfortable, up to aggressive race-like modes.

In order to match the performance potential of the drivetrain the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is equipped with a suitably powerful braking system. All-round internally ventilated, grooved and perforated brake discs measuring 390 x 36 millimetres (front) and 360 x 26 millimetres (rear) provide ample stopping power when combined with the six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers at the rear. However if this doesn't sound like enough, then as an optional extra the SLS AMG can be fitted with ceramic composite brakes – instantly recognisable thanks to their gold-painted brake calipers with the "AMG Carbon Ceramic" logo.

In order to improve the SLS AMG's handling the car not only features an advanced double-wishbone suspension setup at all four corners, and speed sensitive power steering. It has also been designed to offer a centre of gravity which is as low as possible throughout the entire vehicle.

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is designed to offer all the equipment and technology buyers would expect in a top-end luxury sports car. Fine materials such as nappa leather, solid metal and (optionally) genuine carbon-fibre facings underline the pronounced "custom-built" nature of the SLS interior, and show enormous attention to detail.

"The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is not only very special because of the exclusive swing-wing doors. The visible influence of aviation engineering, the high-grade materials and the practicality typical of a sports car will make the hearts of sports car enthusiasts beat faster. At the same time the new interior styling indicates the design philosophy for coming generations of Mercedes sports cars", says Gordon Wagener, Head of Design at Mercedes-Benz.

The electrically adjustable sports seats feature integrated head restraints for added safety - to go along with the 8 airbags - and good lateral support for increased comfort. The seat backrests are made from magnesium, a high-tech material that combines light weight with high strength.

The AMG Performance leather steering wheel in a three-spoke design has a 365-millimetre rim with a flattened lower section, shift paddles and a metal insert, underlining the authentic custom-built look in the same way as the attractive instrument cluster. As standard equipment the SLS features hand-stitched designo leather with a contrasting seam on the dashboard, sports seats, interior door panels and armrests.

Interior features and equipment of the SLS AMG include; cruise control, automated parking, rain sensor, keyless go, dvd player, media interface with a 7 inch screen, and a premium Bang&Olufsen audio system.

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Review by: James:

Getting into an SLS can prove to be a rather embarrassing debacle. There is no roll cage or awkward bucket seat in the way; rather a low, wide expanse of leather and a huge port of access thanks to the gullwing doors - which, as a consequence, are an entire foot above you once you've sat down. Thankfully, at this event, they provided a man to stand outside close the door once you'd realised that you couldn't, but in any other situation you are likely to make a massive fool of yourself.

Once inside, the standard chrome-on-black interior looks like any other Mercedes interior: functional, comfortable, advanced - but lacking the panache that is expected of today's supercar norm. This can be remedied by ticking the 'designo red leather' and carbon trim boxes on the options list, whilst this may total to an eye-watering £5,135, it is definitely worth it as it transforms the inside into an exciting grandtourer-racer.

Not that it needs any assistance. Keep it calm and the AMG will quietly cruise around town, handling imperfections in the road at little expense to your spine, and remaining relatively quiet. But open the taps on a track and it positively takes off, the monstrous 6.2 litre V8 bellows and roars its way across the tarmac, delivering torque smoothly and continuously, leaving no lack of power right up to the redline. The huge carbon-ceramics allow you to stop terrifyingly late for the corners - which is where the SLS really shines. Big power can be expected of a big car with a big engine under a big bonnet, but big cars generally don't handle as well as their smaller, mid-engined rivals. The Mercedes does, as its front-mid-engined layout gives it a near perfect 47:53 weight distribution, allowing even the tightest of hairpins to be taken at speed without the risk of a spin. That's not to say that spinning the car isn't a possibility, it is still worryingly easy to spin, but drive smoothly and the SLS will reward you, gliding through turns with almost no body roll, gripping all the way.

The flappy paddle 'box forgoes the split second shifts of a race car for a more fun manual style gearchange - yet doesn't compromise the car's cruising ability.

Though despite the brilliance of the AMG in every aspect: as a tourer, a racer, a solid piece of German engineering or even as a piece of art, there is only one thing you notice whilst in the car. That you can't see the two metre long bonnet.



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