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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

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The new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMGs be considered a modern reinterpretation of the 300SLs. They are gorgeous with phenomenal performance

For the 2012 model year, a joins the Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe, homage to the original drop-top 300 SL. for this limited production, sport touring Roadster is a 6.3-liter DOHC, 32-valve, aspirated AMG V8 engine with an stack intake and electronic injection. It cranks out 563 hp at 6,800 along with 479 lb ft of torque at rpm.

The motor resides forward in a orientation, with power to the rear wheels through a AMG Speedshift DCT rear-mounted automatic transaxle with AMG Drive and an E-Select lever.

The new SLS AMG models are after the old, with a front hood, short overhangs, compact cabin and tail section. Highlighting the is the soft convertible top that or raises in mere seconds by a console-mounted switch. Also of the earlier 300SLs is the wide grille with its large three-point star .

Old World is evidenced throughout the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster. AMG’s one-man/one-engine lives on, with a single, technician responsible for the complete assembly.

The interior is a highly refined space with a supportively layout that’s executed in a sophisticated and intuitively functional A small T-handle mounted on the console, serves as an electronic lever for the AMG E-Drive unit, also includes a shift knob and buttons for selecting ESP and AMG modes, starting and stopping the and manually raising the rear

The rotary knob on the AMG E-Drive is for selecting the Race Start and four specific drive — Comfort, Sport, Plus and Manual. AMG shift mounted on the back of the steering control manual shifting. An rev-matching feature makes for downshifting, automatically metering speed for load-free downshifts.

My test 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was finished in Le Mans Red with a interior featuring contrasting stitching and generous amounts of fiber trim elements. The price was set at $196,100. Adding in the stitching, carbon fiber accents, leather/Alcantara wrapped wheel, the 1,000-watt Bang Premium Sound System 11 loudspeakers, dual subwoofers, with ICE power technology and tweeters, AMG flow-formed,10-spoke alloy elevated the cost to $214,725.

Aside from its stunning appeal, the real beauty of the SLS AMG Roadster is that it idles contentedly when it needs to. But it is at home at triple-digit speeds. It take long to get there prodded in a spirited manner.

Complementing the prodigious power, the SLS suspension consists of double and track rods at all four — an uncompromising proven technology. One also needs to be to stop safely and quickly, and the SLS AMG with two-piece vented brakes that are grooved and all around, reducing weight and minimal heat.

Acceleration is — especially for a naturally engine — and the steering is on with instantaneous response. The quality is adjustable, and the Comfort seemed to be the right setting normal conditions over pavement surfaces. The SLS Roadster entry and exit easier the top is down.

In my opinion, there shortcomings — other the lofty price, which is out of for most mere mortals.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is a of beauty to behold, providing an beautiful driving experience, with an exhilarating breath of air. The melodious and thunderous note is stimulating at any rpm level, the sound system virtually

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

The original 300SLs were and stellar performers in their but they lacked the finesse, force and technology of the newest The new SLS AMGs are sure to become

©2012, Auto Impressions

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Base $196,100

Price as Tested:

Engine / Transmission: 6.3-liter 32-valve, naturally aspirated, V8 with eight-velocity stack and electronic fuel injection / AMG Speedshift DCT rear transaxle sports transmission with AMG unit with E-Select

Wheelbase: 105.5 inches

182.6 inches

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster


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