2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster officially unveiled

May 30th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After much teasing, prompting, rumour and speculation Mercedes-Benz has released full details and images of its new 2012 SLS AMG Roadster. The much anticipated drop-top will receive an official world premiere at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

The gullwing doors of the SLS coupe have had to go but even with conventional doors and body stiffening the convertible only weighs 40kg more than the hard top.

The three-layered fabric soft top will not eat in the roadster model’s boot area as its capacity remains the same with the roof either up or down, and is roughly the same to that of the SLS AMG Coupe. The automated top will come in a choice of three colors – black, beige and a classic red. It opens and closes in eleven seconds, and can be operated at speeds up to 50km/h.

Under the bonnet the roadster shares the coupe’s AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. The naturally aspirated eight-cylinder engine produces 425kW and 650 Nm of torque. Apparently, even with the slight weight increase the quoted 0-100kph acceleration time for the roadster is 3.7 seconds, down 0.1 second from the coupe’s sprint time. Continue reading “2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster officially unveiled” »

David Coulthard puts the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG through its paces

August 26th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

David Coulthard puts the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG through its paces

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing kicks off NZ tour

August 13th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

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.

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David Coulthard takes the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell for a spin (+video)

July 6th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes has filmed and released a video of David Coulthard taking a spin in the new SLS AMG E-Cell electric vehicle.

The now retired Formula One driver seems genuinely surprised by the acceleration, calling it “instant, but smooth” and “way, way more than I expected.” The car certainly moves alright and handles a slalom impressively – thanks to its low center of gravity.

The E-Cell has a lithium-ion battery pack which provides power to four electric motors. Together the motors produce a combined 392 kW (526 bhp) and 880 Nm, enabling the SLS AMG E-Cell to accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 4.0 seconds.

Check out the video below it’s worth a look. Continue reading “David Coulthard takes the Mercedes SLS AMG E-Cell for a spin (+video)” »

Mercedes SLS AMG Panamerica revealed

November 3rd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes SLS AMG Panamerica fq

Gullwing-America has just unveiled its Mercedes SLS AMG Panamericana bodykit which aims to further bring back the retro look of the original Gullwing 300SL. Some of the key design elements that transform the Mercedes SLS AMG Panamericana into the Gullwing of the 21st century include a clean front radiator grille and vents on the bonnet and fenders.

The new SLS AMG aerodynamics package includes seven parts made from Hybrid Aluminum and carbon fibre. The Mercedes SLS AMG Panamericana program also includes 2 side vents, chrome details such as the grille frame and new oval dual Xenon headlights. The car sits on 19 and 20 inch rims and is fitted with a new, sport tuned muffler.

The interior of the Mercedes SLS AMG Panamericana is almost standard, except for the Alcantara centre piece in the seats and some brushed Aluminum door sills.

The SLS AMG Panamericana also offers the option of the classic racing stripes on the front fenders. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date, but the company says it will be manufactured in Germany.

Audi and Mercedes break ‘top speed pact’

September 24th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Audi and Mercedes have officially, but rather indirectly announced they’re going to break the 250 km/h top speed pact they both agreed on back in 1988.

Both companies, with their most recent models, the Audi R8 V10 and the Mercedes SLS AMG, have dropped the 250 km/h top speed limiters.

The Audi R8 V10 is powered by a V10 5.2 litre FSI engine that develops 525 hp and can take the German supercar to a top speed of 315 km/h.

On the other hand, the Mercedes SLS AMG is powered by a 6.3 litre engine that develops 571 hp and can take the new Gullwing to a top speed of 317 km/h. Mercedes says the top speed of the SLS AMG is limited, but not longer to the usual 250 km/h.

BMW and Porsche are still obeying the 250 km/h top speed agreement for now, and it looks they’re not going to get pulled in to a top speed arms race between Audi and Mercedes.

Audi and Mercedes break ‘top speed pact’

September 24th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Audi and Mercedes have officially, but rather indirectly announced they’re going to break the 250 km/h top speed pact they both agreed on back in 1988.

Both companies, with their most recent models, the Audi R8 V10 and the Mercedes SLS AMG, have dropped the 250 km/h top speed limiters.

The Audi R8 V10 is powered by a V10 5.2 litre FSI engine that develops 525 hp and can take the German supercar to a top speed of 315 km/h.

On the other hand, the Mercedes SLS AMG is powered by a 6.3 litre engine that develops 571 hp and can take the new Gullwing to a top speed of 317 km/h. Mercedes says the top speed of the SLS AMG is limited, but not longer to the usual 250 km/h.

BMW and Porsche are still obeying the 250 km/h top speed agreement for now, and it looks they’re not going to get pulled in to a top speed arms race between Audi and Mercedes.

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG previewed

September 11th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG fq wings

Complete images and details for the new Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing have just been released.

In true gullwing style, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG features a pair of vertically lifting doors that do resemble wings once fully extended. These are bolted to a new aluminum spaceframe, which provides a near perfect front-to-rear weight distribution of 48-to-52%.

Power comes from a upgraded version of AMG’s 6.2L V-8 mated to an all-new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission mounted on the rear axle. Power output is 571 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Changes to the engine include a new magnesium intake with eight separate velocity stacks, two electronically controlled throttle plates, a high-flow exhaust and a new dry-sump lubrication system.

The engine is positioned in the vehicles front but is mounted behind the front axle for better weight distribution. The Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing weighs 1620 kg and is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and to keep accelerating until it reaches 317 km/h.

The suspension set-up is advanced, with double wishbones and hub carriers made of lightweight forged aluminum. Stopping power comes from carbon-ceramic discs placed within 19 inch light-alloy wheels.

AMG is also offering several performance modifications including a carbon-fibre bonnet, carbon side mirrors, carbon trim, stiffer suspension settings, forged 10-spoke wheels, sports bucket seats and a performance steering wheel finished in leather and Alcantara.

The Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing price will be 177,310 Euros when the car goes on sale in the spring of 2010.