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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Rips Nurburgring in 7:30 27
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, News, Nurburgring, Nurburgring Lap Times, SLS AMG on 06 27th, 2012

Mercedes-Benz’ new SLS AMG continues to get better with the introduction of a new more-powerful roadster version and now a new SLS AMG GT for the 2013 model year. The new SLS AMG GT is the now moniker for Benz’ halo car and to show off its improvements, it rips the Nurburgring just under 7 minutes 30 seconds.

Powered by a retuned 6.3-liter V8 with 591 horsepower, the new Benz SLS AMG GT accelerates from 0-60mph in under 3.7 seconds.

According to Autoblog, AMG chairman Ola Källenius uncovered the new lap time in recent talks. The new 2013 SLS AMG GT will go on sale in the U.S. November of this year with a price about $5,000 north of the outgoing model year coming in at $195,000 and $200,000 for the coupe and roadster respectfully.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante versus Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: Video 25
Jun
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in ASTON MARTIN, Aston Martin DBS, Aston Martin DBS Volante, Automotive, Evo, Mercedes Benz, mercedes benz sls, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Tiff Needell, video on 06 25th, 2012

Recently I had the chance to strap behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster only to walk away with the urge to get it on a race track. Not having the time or resources to do such a thing at the moment, I have taken to the internet to find videos and test of the new SLS AMG Roadster tackling a track just to satisfy my curiosity as to how well the beastly German roadster handles itself. Tiff Needell, famous for his edgy test drive reactions to some of the fastest cars around, beats us to the punch when he pits the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster against the new Aston Martin DBS Volante.

Tiff takes both cars head on while edging them around a wet test course in the exclusive EVO magazine video below. Enjoy!



Drop-Top Perfection: The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster 31
May
Posted by Kurt Ernst in AMG, Automotive, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, video on 05 31st, 2011

Image: Mercedes-Benz

If you were setting out to build the best ragtop in the world, a good place to start would be with Mercedes’ SLS AMG coupe. The uber-fast luxury GT car boasts a 563 horsepower, 6.3-liter V-8, surrounded by some of the sexiest sheetmetal on the planet. Intended as an homage to the Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing” coupes of the 1950 and 1960s, the car spares no expense in design or construction, and now Mercedes-Benz has announced a roadster version of the SLS AMG.

Image: Mercedes-Benz

Image: Mercedes-Benz

Starting with an aluminum spaceframe body, the SLS AMG Roadster adds the same 6.3-liter V-8 and dual-clutch, transaxle transmission found in the coupe. A sport suspension with aluminum double wishbones comes next, followed by the power-folding cloth top, built of magnesium, steel and aluminum. It retracts or raises in just 11 seconds, and can be deployed at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. An optional driver-oriented telematics system, dubbed “AMG Performance Media” gives real-time readouts of lateral and linear acceleration, horsepower, lap times and engine vital statistics, while the aircraft inspired cockpit is designed to surround the owner in luxury. Black leather seating is standard, but owners can opt for two-tone leather seating if that’s their preference. A navigation system is standard, as is Mercedes’ unique “Airscarf” system, which uses warm air at the driver’s neck to extend the temperature range for top-down motoring. Available options include a Bang & Olufsen audio system, the AMG Performance Media system, an Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension and carbon ceramic brakes.

Despite a reinforced body to reduce flex, the roadster weighs just 88 pounds more than the Coupe, and retains the same 3.7 second zero-to-sixty time. Top speed is electronically limited to 197 miles per hour, just as on the SLS AMG Coupe. Pricing has yet to be established, but look for the SLS AMG Roadster to hit select Mercedes-Benz dealers by year end.

Source: Mercedes-Benz







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