Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing kicks off NZ tour

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing kicks off NZ tour

The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing has arrived for the first time in New Zealand and will be on show from this weekend. The good news is everyone will get a chance to see this retro-inspired high-tech machine as it travels around the country on a nationwide tour.

This NZD$450,000 car is the jewel in the Mercedes-Benz crown. It’s the first of only nine SLS Gullwings that will land in New Zealand this year (seven of these have already been sold to customers).

For most of us, this is a car lotto dreams are made of, yet this weekend Aucklanders will be the first to get up close and personal with the SLS Gullwing as Coutts Newmarket holds an open day for the public. First released in 1954, the 2010 SLS Gullwing is a reinterpretation of the ‘Sports Car of the Century’, the original Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

“The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing is one of those very special vehicles, a car steeped in nostalgia and history. Quite simply it sets pulses racing. When we received our allocation of nine of these beauties we knew we had to give all Kiwis the opportunity to see an important piece of motoring history,” says Coby Duggan, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car General Manager.

The vehicle is the reborn 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL. The original ‘Gullwing’ vehicle crowned Sports Car of the Century was the fastest production car of its day.

The 2010 SLS is a modern take on a 50 year old design, retaining some of its key distinctive features but blending it with modern technologies to produce an elaborate and unique vehicle that exceeds all expectations.

The new SLS Gullwing retains the long bonnet and short rear deck combination of old as well as the striking ‘Gullwing’ doors. The wide radiator grille with its large Mercedes star, the wing shaped fins on the bonnet and the flanks also harp back to the legendary sports car of the 1950s.

But it’s not all about the looks, this vehicle has the brains and the brawn. The ‘Gullwing’ accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, before going on to top speed of 317 km/h (electronically limited). It features a powerful eight cylinder Mercedes-AMG engine that develops 420 kW/571 hp at 6800 rpm, making the SLS AMG one of the most powerful sports cars in its segment.

Also on exhibit at Coutts Newmarket this weekend is an original 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster. Owned by car enthusiast and collector Gary Boyce, this is an internationally awarded restoration project and masterpiece in its own right.

For a limited time, the all-new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will be touring Mercedes-Benz showrooms nationwide. This is a rare opportunity for New Zealanders to get close to the super sports car that, since 1954, has defined exhilaration.

Check out the exhibition dates below to see when the SLS AMG is coming to your town.

Exhibition dates:

Auckland
Coutts Newmarket
Saturday 14th August 9am-5pm
Sunday 15th August 10am-4pm

Christchurch
Armstrong Prestige
Friday 27th Aug 8am-6pm
Saturday 28th Aug 9am-5pm
Sunday 29th Aug 10am — 4pm

Wellington
Wellington Star
Saturday 21st Aug 9am-4pm
Sunday 22nd Aug 10am-4pm

Hamilton
Ingham Prestige
Saturday 11th Sept 9am-4pm
Sunday 12th Sept 10am-3pm

Mt Manganui
Ingham-Sears
Tuesday 14th Sept 8am-5pm
Wednesday 15th Sept 8am-5pm

Nelson
Houston Prestige
Saturday 25th Sept 9am-4pm
Sunday 26th Sept 10am-3pm

Dunedin
Armstrong Prestige
Saturday 2nd Oct 9am-5pm
Sunday 3rd Oct 10am -4pm

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