GULL in the wings
THE gull wing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG super car is a hat lift to iconic Benzs of the past and embodies a raft of new technology the company has developed.
It caused a sensation at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show and is due to be unleashed onto the market soon. If you have the dosh, you can order one right now for delivery down the track.
The price is 177,310 Euro or about A$300,000 but given our extreme car tax system that would likely double for local delivery, assuming it’s made in right hand drive.
The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG dazzles with its purist design, lightweight construction and handling dynamics, and is bound to ruffle feathers in the super sports car segment.
It’s the first completely independently developed AMG vehicle, and takes AMG into a new era demonstrating development expertise of the highest order.
The SLS AMG’s technology package is an alluring proposition: aluminium spaceframe body with gullwing doors, AMG 6.2-litre V8 front-mid-engine developing 420 kW peak output, 650Nm of torque and dry sump lubrication, seven-speed double-declutch transmission in a transaxle configuration, sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones and a kerb weight of 1620kg.
The front/rear weight distribution is 47 to 53 per cent and the vehicle has a low centre of gravity to aid stability at high speed.
The “Gullwing” as it will inevitably be called accelerates from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 317kmh (electronically limited). Fuel consumption is 13.2 litres/100 km (combined) one of the best in the segment.
A diverse range of optional extras is available to enhance or individualise the car. Some of the main options include an AMG ceramic composite high-performance braking system, AMG performance suspension with a stiffer setup for optimum lateral dynamics, AMG light-alloy wheels in a five-twin-spoke design, size 9.5 x 19in (front) and 11.0 x 20in (rear). Forged aluminium wheels are available.
It starts rolling off the production line in April 2010.
Super Merc: The SLS AMG starts rolling off the production line in April 2010.