Gullwing creating a flap
Mercedes’ fastest is ready for liftoff, writes PAULGOVERin Paris
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.