Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to raise the gullwings once more

Frankfurt 2009: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG to raise the gullwings once more image

Text: / Photos: Mercedes-Benz Press Office | posted September 12, 2009 15:34

Rebirth of an icon

Gullwing. One word that denotes one of the most iconic sports cars of all time, the Mercedes 300SL. Fast forward 50 years, and Mercedes-Benz is once again set to launch (at the Frankfurt Motor Show) the all new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the true heir to the throne.

The super sports car delivers a compelling mix of purist styling, consistent lightweight design and superior driving dynamics. At the same time, the SLS fully lives up to all the expectations of hallmark Mercedes everyday practicality and optimum safety. In essence, the new 'Gullwing' offers the ideal synthesis of the strengths of Mercedes-Benz and AMG.

The distinctive styling of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG enthralls with its passionate sportiness, reinterpreting the breathtaking lines of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL - one of the outstanding design icons of the Mercedes-Benz brand. With its purist design the new SLS AMG reflects the philosophy of contemporary sports car engineering: the bonnet which measures just under two metres, the low greenhouse positioned well to the rear and the short rear-end with an extendable aerofoil are just as powerful a reminder of the dynamism as the long wheelbase, the wide track and the large wheels. The short overhangs feed through into the proportions, just as does the design of the super sports car with its low-slung front-mid engine set well back and dual-clutch transmission in transaxle configuration. An undoubted styling highlight comes courtesy of the gullwing doors which lend the SLS AMG its incomparable charisma making a unique statement in this vehicle segment.

Underneath, the new super sports car from Mercedes-Benz and AMG relives the great original with an aluminum spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine developing 571 PS of peak output, 650 Nm of torque and dry sump lubrication, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle configuration, sports suspension with aluminum double wishbones and only weighs in at 1620 kg; a superlative combination that guarantees driving dynamics of the highest order. The ideal front/rear weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent and the vehicle's low centre of gravity are testimony to the uncompromising sports car concept. The 'Gullwing' accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, before going on to a top speed of 317 km/h... and that's still limited.

"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 brands Mercedes-Benz and AMG have joined forces to create the SLS AMG which is set to become one of the most alluring sports cars of all time", says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.