Gull­wing cre­at­ing a flap

Mercedes’ fastest is ready for liftoff, writes PAULGOVERin Paris

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE fi­nal ap­pear­ance of the McLarenMercedes SLR at the Paris Mo­tor Show has be­gun the count­down to the Gull­wing. The new Gull­wing will be the fastest car in the his­tory of Mercedes and should be pre­viewed next year, per­haps even at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March, for sales from 2010.

It gets its name from the scis­sor-style lift-up doors used on the Mercedes SL, which hit the road in 1954, and is ex­pected to have the same styling and per­for­mance im­pact as the orig­i­nal.

Mercedes has de­cided to build the bor­na­gain Gull­wing as it splits its road-car fu­ture from its For­mula One part­ner, McLaren.

It will push with the AMG sub-brand that has been a global hit, in­clud­ing in Aus­tralia, and will be­come the new flag­ship for Benz and AMG.

The Gull­wing has been test­ing for more than a year and looks to be a long-nose two-door coupe that will prob­a­bly have the first in a new gen­er­a­tion of AMG tur­bocharged V8 en­gines.

It should eas­ily crack 300km/h and have a Fer­rari-style 0-100km/h time.

The Gull­wing is an open se­cret in the Mercedes-Benz world, where plans call for a pro­duc­tion run of up to 5000 cars in a five to 10-year model life.

This is in con­trast to the SLR, which has never sold to Mercedes or McLaren ex­pec­ta­tions and cost $1 mil­lion-plus.

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