October 18, 2012

Race track performance comes to the showroom; Market launch of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

The new SLS AMG GT has now landed in Mercedes-Benz showrooms in both Coupe and Roadster variants.

According to Ola Kallenius, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, "We are continuing with our consistent expansion of the SLS AMG family. With the highly emotional,
performance-oriented GT variants, our range has now grown to five models." The SLS AMG GT has also been in use as the Official F1 Safety Car since the 2012 Formula 1 Shell Belgain Grand Prix.

Dynamic, masculine and decidedly athletic: fitted as standard with AMG forged wheels painted in matt black with a high-sheen finish, darkened headlamps and tail lights as well as red-painted brake callipers, the high performance of the SLS AMG GT is also highlighted in terms of its look. The wing-shaped cross fins and the star recess in the radiator grille are retained in high-gloss black, as are the exterior mirrors and the fins on the bonnet and wings. The AMG logo on the right of the boot lid also features the additional letters 'GT'.

The maximum output of the AMG 6.3-litre V8 front-mid engine is 435 kw (591 hp) at 6,800 rpm, while the maximum torque is 650 nm at 4,750 rpm.

The super sports car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, and can reach a speed of 200 km/h in 11.2 seconds. The top speed is 320 km/h (electronically limited). The GT version of the eight-cylinder naturally aspirated engine provides an agile response to accelerator pedal input and excites with its sporty performance. The AMG Speedshift DCT 7-speed sports transmission located on the rear axle is more direct and spontaneous in the manual 'M' transmission mode: thanks to newly developed gear change functions and optimised transmission control, it has been possible to shorten reaction time significantly. The reaction time experienced by the driver is made even more emotional as a result of more distinct gear changes. The automatic double-declutching function when shifting down is also more pronounced in the SLS AMG GT.

New AMG Ride Control Performance suspension
Fitted with variable, electronically controlled damping, the new AMG Ride Control Performance suspension features basically stiffer spring/damper tuning and dispenses with 'Comfort' mode. 'Sport' mode is recommended as the optimum setting for undulating road surfaces and routes requiring increased suspension travel. 'Sport plus' provides higher damping forces and features specific control algorithms which have been adjusted for a decidedly sporty driving style on routes with a level road surface. Depending on the driving conditions, speed and vehicle load, the AMG Ride Control Performance suspension adjusts the damping characteristics at lightning speed and automatically reduces the roll angle of the body.

Interior with consistently sporty highlights
The SLS AMG GT combines the high-quality ambience of a true AMG model with the functional atmosphere of a racing car. The sports seats have embossed badges on their head restraints and centre sections finished in Alcantara. Continuing the theme, Alcantara is also found on the door centre panels. The black interior appointments are combined with red seat belts, plus all of the contrasting stitching on the AMG sports seats, the centre console and the door panel lining is retained in red too. The floor mats also feature red edging. 

The philosophy of the exterior design with darkened components is also reflected in the interior: The high-gloss black AMG trim on the centre console and door panel lining matches the high-gloss black edging on the adjustable cross-shaped air vents as well as the high-gloss real metal insert on the AMG Performance steering wheel with flattened lower section. Alcantara is also to be found on the grip area, and the upper part of the steering wheel has a red 12 o'clock marking. The dials of the AMG instrument cluster are finished in black.

AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather for all SLS AMG models
Now available for all SLS AMG models is a new, exclusive optional extra in the form of AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather. This high-quality extra is available in single or two-tone finishes and comprises distinctive upholstery with a diamond design with contrasting stitching. The lavishly finished diamond design features not only on the AMG sports seats, but also on the door centre panels. Seams finished in contrasting colours create highlights and underscore the high-quality, hand-finished nature of these new full-leather appointments. Available colour combinations include mocha brown/porcelain, titanium grey pearl/porcelain and mystic red/porcelain.

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system
A highlight among the optional extras available for the SLS AMG GT is the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system. The surround sound system offers a superlative music experience. This is made possible not just by the amplifier, which provides a ,1000-watt output, and the 11 loudspeakers, but also by the precise distribution of the music signals, selectable for the driver's seating position, the passenger's seating position or to a central point.

Prices in Germany (inclusive 19 per cent VAT)
SLS AMG GT Coupe - 204,680 euros
SLS AMG GT Roadster - 213,010 euros
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG high-end surround sound system - 7,080.50 euros
AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather - 5,771.50 euros
Customers can also take immediate receipt of their SLS AMG GT at the AMG Customer Center in Affalterbach.


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