Vince Pornelos / Vince Pornelos | November 13, 2013 14:29
Bid the gullwing farewell
In reports from Car and Driver as well as Auto Motor Und Sport, Mercedes-Benz will be concluding production of the SLS AMG soon, and will be launching a limited run Final Edition model at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show to serve as their farewell to the gullwing.
The SLS AMG was a grand revival of the Mercedes-Benz SL300 'Gullwing' of 1950s fame, utilizing many of the design details that made the original an icon on the road, particularly the gullwing doors (except for the SLS AMG Roadster).
The SLS was launched in 2010 and is powered by a 6.2 liter V8 that initially developed 571 PS, but has made as much as 631 PS in the SLS AMG Black Series. Variants included the original SLS AMG Coupe, the SLS AMG Roadster, the SLS AMG GT, the SLS AMG Black Series and even the SLS AMG Coupe Electric Drive. Apart from the racing versions such as the SLS AMG GT3, the car is also used by the FIA Formula One World Championship as the official safety car.
There are no details yet surrounding the specs of the 'Final Edition', though it is expected that it will make more power and have a few upgrades over the 'standard' SLS AMG Coupe.
It is also reported by C&D and AMS that the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GT AMG will take the position of the SLS as the halo car of the brand.