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Mercedes-Benz reveals more on the upcoming SLS AMG Roadster

Mercedes-Benz reveals more on the upcoming SLS AMG Roadster image

Text: / Photos: | posted May 30, 2011 16:20

Open-top dream

In a new release, Mercedes AMG has just given out more details on the SLS AMG Roadster, a new dream car marrying the attributes of Mercedes luxury and style with AMG supercar performance.

The SLS AMG combines the lightweight aluminum spaceframe body with AMG's 6.3-liter V8 front-mid engine, developing a peak output of 571 horsepower and 650 newton meters of torque. The engine will be mated with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission in a transaxle arrangement and sports suspension with aluminum double wishbones all around.

The compact fabric soft top of the SLS AMG Roadster will open and close in just eleven seconds, and can be operated on the move at speeds up to 50 km/h. The new AMG Ride Control sports suspension with electronically controlled damping is available as an optional extra. It enables the damping characteristics to be modified at the touch of a button. Using the AMG Drive Unit, the driver of the SLS AMG Roadster is therefore able to choose his own suspension setup with three modes: "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport plus".

AMG Performance Media is a unique new feature: this innovative multimedia system inspired by motorsport offers an unrivaled combination of numerous telemetric displays such as lateral and linear acceleration, various engine data and lap times on a racetrack, and also features high-speed mobile internet access.

"Systematic lightweight construction, outstanding performance and a breathtaking design combined with sensuous open-air driving pleasure - the new SLS AMG Roadster perfectly embodies the AMG philosophy of German engineering and craftsmanship. The gull-wing model has already thrilled sports car fans all over the world, and now the open-top version is bound to cause a sensation," says Ola Källenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.