2013 MercedesBenz SLS AMG GT Roadster review notes pricing specs…

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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster notes

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT starts out at a whopping $209,005. by Mercedes-Benz.

This 2013 features a 6.2-liter DOHC V8 under the hood producing an 583-hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. by Mercedes-Benz.

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ASSOCIATE EDITOR LINGEMAN: I was real lucky to the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Roadster the weekend.

The AMG, for me, is all about the When I was complaining about the Challenger SRT8 a few weeks ago it doesn’t make enough this was what I was imagining. into a freeway tunnel, I it into third gear and it, unleashing an evil symphony of combustion, and exhaust. It’s loud enough to make ears hurt. A few kids in a car me to rev it up at a stoplight. I obliged, and even myself with how great car sounds. But, if you keep the under 3,000, the car is nearly Cruising at 80 mph doesn’t produce any drone or vibration.

The speed and are unbelievable. I used to say the Jaguar was the ride if you wanted to feel the “effortless speed,” but this be the new king. Breaking the tires is a simple task, and the “sport” mode will let you get nearly 90 sideways before stepping in. It be the most tail-out fun you can have in a

From gear two through six, this freight just keeps pulling and with almost zero spots. That seven-speed is an amazing piece of machinery. It get a tad herky-jerky when slowing to a and taking off at a slow speed, but put the down a tad and that all goes

The interior’s main audio/video worked fine, but I don’t it’s set up to have Bluetooth and the system doesn’t work the iPhone 5 yet. That’s of a pain, considering the type of spending $200K on a drop-top probably have the latest and technology to go with it.

Thankfully, I had nothing important to do weekend except drive and nothing had me carrying cargo. I think a set of golf clubs fit, except for standing up in the seat.

The price is, well, the If you’re shopping in this a few tens of thousands of dollars makes no difference. There are options at this level, but not that can do luxury, speed and like the SLS.

SENIOR EDITOR RORY CARROLL: The time you’re bouncing the shoreline in some 50-foot boat, and the owner looks at you — cigar clenched his chompers, cocktail in hand and says “You know, nothing quite like a type boat on the open you can say, “Actually, buddy, is; the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT.” Then you can the sea spray from your and say, “Except in the SLS, you get wet.” Then he’ll at you like, “Hey, I didn’t put a gun to head and make you come out to my boat,” and a big wave will over him, and he’ll to admit that there are drawbacks to life on the high and one of you will chuckle a little too

Anyway, what I’m here is that the SLS AMG GT is at least of like having a massive It’s not super easy to get in and out of, you drive it you’ve got this proboscis to look over and you see a darn thing, it’s got of power, and the throttle makes you of feel untouchable, like you get away with something The interior even has a nautical to it. The engine sounds just every engine ought to

It’s not the fastest supercar on the The computers are always in a chess with the mechanical parts winner gets to choose if you or die. It’s a Mercedes, so you get an automatic. But I love it in that way that you can only love that you know is really bad for Buy the one with the fixed top and the exploding hinges.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR GRAHAM It’s easy to see why the SLS AMG is so frequently to the 300 SL — the parallel are as easy to as they are appealing (to marketers and alike). But capable as the old 300 SL coupe and were for their era, the new SLS AMG is more of a spiritual successor to the 300 SLR Coupe. Built in 1955, the was a beautiful, absurd one-off: A open-top race car wrapped in gullwing bodywork. Motoring holds that Mercedes-Benz chief Rudolf Uhlenhaut made the 137-mile run from to Stuttgart in the car in a little more one hour — not a bad feat on today’s autobahns.

I understand it’s easier to do some promotional photo shoots of the SLS AMG beside the instantly recognizable 300 SL and it a day. But the SLS AMG GT really is more a leather-trimmed, computer-managed vintage than the modern incarnation of inline-six-powered classic sports

At first glance, the SLS AMG doesn’t like it would be an easy car to with. Its flamboyant design attention wherever it goes, when it is parked. It has what be one of the longest hood-to-deck ratios on the — a throwback to racing’s age in an era when the field of supercars is with mid-engined wedges. Its wide rear wheels seem more at home on an old Its impossibly wide, low stance it look like a taller, car that someone sat on. It’s not graceful to get into or out of, and I’m not one to wear a skirt.

Nothing this supercar says But this is a German supercar, and the don’t seem to be prone to flights of fancy — at not to the point of putting them production.

Naturally, everything on the car has a purpose. comical rear wheels? the only thing physically the car’s 583 hp to the pavement. Various systems make sure you use the power in a semi-responsible way, or, of that, try their hardest to you away from inconveniently lamp posts and trees.

easy enough to take the tact here and gripe the electronic nannies, but let’s be — unless you drive for a living, you probably can’t everything this car is capable of up, and I’d imagine that racers enjoy the occasional drive in a luxurious GT without about what 479 lb-ft of can do if they let their guard for a moment.


You’re going to to accept a few inconveniences if you choose to an SLS AMG GT your own. As Jake there’s basically no luggage The car is big and hard to park, though guessing more time the wheel would increase maneuverability confidence. Suspension is in “sport” or “sport plus” you’ll feel every even in the softer setting, it’s never jarring.

did you expect, though? It’s a

If someone offered me a large sum of on the condition that I used of it on an ultra high-end performance the SLS AMG would be at the very top of my list. choose the gullwing version, but if you the open-air experience, there are far ways to spend $232,855 the SLS AMG GT Roadster. With the top down, the is a blast; Air Scarf neck-warming make even chilly sprints enjoyable. With the top up, surprisingly quiet, especially the raucous exhaust note at rpm.

Whether you want the top or gullwing doors, I don’t you can go wrong with the SLS AMG GT. It’s a special car. But you didn’t me to tell you that.

SENIOR MOTORSPORTS EDITOR MAC Crockett’s, er, I mean Rory’s boat and Graham’s, er, Bonham’s are indeed connected naturally to the SLS AMG GT so I’ll add this: On the street you yourself thinking that any of the SLS must be a handful to master, but cars are surprisingly nimble and on a track. Road test Jon Wong and I learned this a years ago with an SLS AMG coupe we and we both left the circuit day saying, “Man, that’s a fast track machine.

Discerning, top-of-the-chain buyers of art tend to demand everything in one package, hence the need to an SLS Roadster. But it’s not the one I would the coupe — and if you’re an apex predator at the top of the chain, you the Black Series model is the choice. For no other reason, I my gullwing doors on my SLS. them just so I can go topless plain wrong; buy another roadster and have the best of worlds, just don’t with those doors,

The sounds, the seat-of-the-pants feel is phenomenal and any road of even interest becomes your Mille Miglia. The chassis is even in roadster form, and are, in fact, times you encounter a bump or crack rattles your bones. of the time, though, you’re along likely much than you should be, waiting for the corner to feel the bite of the big and hear the engine roar each automatic throttle during downshifts.

Each I’ve driven an SLS, reminded that turn-in is more eager than its GT-car proportions suggest. cars are as happy carving as they are bahnstorming.

The complete might be so inspiring, I dare it might let you get away with you otherwise never would. And not talking about driver here, but personal style. So you spot the Great Gat… I Rory piloting an SLS holding a glass filled with juice and drooling on a cigar as he a freeway on-ramp, or a grinning floating by with the top down, a leather helmet and reading a repair manual through his goggles, you might actually them. A little, anyway.

ROAD TEST EDITOR WONG: Indeed the SLS AMG GT is a serious machine. The day Mac refers to above a SLS AMG coupe with the lovely doors and a Ferrari 458 Italia. We pumping out comparable lap times GingerMan Raceway in the two. Of both cars possessed different drive characters are fun in their own ways.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The SLS AMG GT goes its business in a way that isn’t as as the Ferrari nor is it as crude as, say, an SRT Its chassis is stiff and even a fixed roof on this it feels robust with no evident. Interestingly, according to the sheets the roadster and coupe of the SLS AMG GT weigh the same at 3,573 I haven’t been in a coupe for a year now, but this feels as eager and sharp as the if memory serves me right. The Pilot Super Sport certainly help, too.

gone on record numerous proclaiming my affection for AMG’s V8 be it in the C63 AMG or the SLS, but obviously it’s at its with stronger internals. 583 hp on tap — and that’s nothing to at — along with throttle response, linear delivery, and a supercar-worthy exhaust that’s easier to hear the top down. To me the only advantage to the compared to the coupe is the ability to the engine scream in a less manner. Other than as a former owner of a DeLorean, a sucker for gullwing doors, and not the biggest drop-top fan anyway.

The is great going up gears, but is a lazy on downshifts. The shift on the gauge cluster is trick. the gearbox is left alone and the car slotted in sport, it’s smooth to fly around town in comfort with an acceptable of jerkiness.

Kill traction and stability and you can have a fair amount of fun the back end around using the It’s easy to control and how well balanced the car is.

As Jake and say above, it is a big car with a long line but I’ve never it too cumbersome to maneuver around spaces. The view out the front is good unlike the Viper, is another high-horsepower supercar a long hood line, and a backup camera for your

But it’s always a fun time in a SLS be it in coupe or roadster form. The at AMG did a sensational job with this It’s easy to push with shockingly good reflexes, a great engine, gearbox, and it does turn a lot of

Now I’m just waiting to get a at the Black Series.

2013 SLS AMG GT Roadster

Base Price:

As-Tested Price: $232,855

6.2-liter V8; RWD, seven-speed sequential manual

Output: 583 hp @ rpm, 479 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm

Weight: 3,573 lb

Fuel (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 13/19/15 mpg

AW Fuel Economy: 16.2 mpg

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