It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from big horsepower mongers Brabus, but it’s now clear that the aftermarket tuner was saving something special for the Geneva Motor Show.
The latest outrageous creation from the German tuner is a new twin-turbocharged version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar that promises a mad output of 700 horsepower (520kW) and 847Nm of torque.
In addition to the frightening powerplant, the modified Merc also looks tougher with Brabus’ Widestar bodykit and a fully customised interior including some trick ambient lighting.
To achieve the massive dose of power, Brabus engineers developed a new twin-turbocharger system for the AMG’s 6.2-litre V-8, which includes high-performance exhaust manifolds, an oversized intercooling system and a dual-flow intake manifold with high-flow air filters. There’s also forged pistons and a remapped ECU with an electronic boost controller.
It’s only hours until the 2011 Geneva Motor Show kicks into gear but De Tomaso has jumped the gun and unleashed a series of images along with a few more details of its new SLS concept car.
SLS is the latest catch phrase for this vehicle segment and apparently stands for ‘Sport Luxury Sedan’. SLS refers to the vehicle type but De Tomaso is planning on giving it’s future production model a more exciting new name that will be announced in Geneva.
DeTomaso’s SLS concept is an interesting proposition, its a high riding luxury sedan much like the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. At launch there is plans for two engines to be offered a 300-horsepower V6 and a 550-horsepower V8. Power is channeled through to all four wheels, and a diesel engine option is planned for the future.
Take a look at this Mercedes AMG drifting video, featuring one of the companies top stunt drivers — Ed Redfern. The video provides us with just how easy it is to drift the new Mercedes SLS AMG (particularly when your drifting it on a wet track). Shot in black and white adds a splash of class to drifting — not to mention the classical music.
The Mercedes SLS AMG is powered with a 6.2 litre AMG engine creating 571 hp and 650 Nm of torque through to those stressed out rear wheels.
Mercedes has announced that its full-on competition spec SLS AMG GT3 is available for order and will be priced from â‚¬334,000 plus taxes ($606,000 NZ).
The car is on sale now and deliveries will begin in February next year to allow teams plenty of time to prepare for the 2011 season. The GT3 class for production based sports cars is really heating up these days with Mercedes now joining Audi, BMW and Porsche.
The SLS AMG GT3 car features a reworked nose, a ventilated hood, a carbon fibre front splitter, special rear diffuser, and a massive wing at the rear. Other racing extras include a carbon-fibre (CFRP) safety cell, a steel braking system, a six-speed sequential racing transmission (with steering wheel mounted paddles), and a high-tech integrated multi-disc locking differential.
AMG has been producing racing versions of Mercedes-Benz cars and high performance street machines for more than 40 years. That tradition has just continued with the unveiling of a GT3 spec version of the new SLS gullwing coupe in Mexico. Sales are expected to begin later this year and AMG hopes to have the homologation process completed in time for the 2011 racing season.
The GT3 SLS is set to use the same 6.3-litre V8 as the road car, but the FIA will ultimately determine its final output for racing. Aerodynamic enhancements see big changes to the standard bodywork. The front end features a deep carbon fibre splitter and a massive rear wing out back. The bonnet has a large cooling vent and there are air intakes for brake cooling in the side skirts. Other race-spec features include a flat underbody, rear diffuser, central-locking wheels and a fuel filler pipe in the C-pillar.
Privateer teams will most likely be able to purchase the new SLS AMG GT3 race car from early next year. Expect pricing to be similar to that of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 race car, which begins at around the $500,000 USD mark.
Click the link below to see more images of th SLS AMG GT3 race car.
At the preview drive of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing in Germany five-time German Touring Car (DTM) Champion Bernd Schneider takes the SLS for an unforgettable hot lap around the 13-mile-long Nurburgring Nordschleife, the world’s most fearsome and challenging racetrack. Strap in and hang on…