Frankfurt 2009 Preview: 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing – Pictures, Specs & Details

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing

No more prototypes and mules. After months of anticipation, we finally have some actual images of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. This car has much to live up to as it pays homage to the legendary Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, which reinvigorated the brand by taking home a win at the 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the 1952 Carrera Panamericana. It featured “Gullwing” doors that left a lasting impression on the world. The new 2010 SLS AMG sports the same doors which makes the car look like it’s about to flap its wings and take off.

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

As a Mercedes AMG model, the new 2011 SLS doesn’t disappoint in the performance department. It features the in-house tuning shop’s familiar 6.2-liter M156 V8 but revised with bucket-style tappets, dry-sump lubrication and twin exhaust headers. These changes update the designation to M159 and allow the engine to pump out 571 horsepower at 6,800 rpm with 479 lb-ft of torque. Preliminary specs put the sprint to 60 miles per hour at 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph. With all this power on tap, the Mercedes offers optional carbon-ceramic brakes with 15.4-inch rotors in front and 14.2-inch rotors in back to provide instant deceleration and fade-free operation.

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

As a luxury supercar, all of the usual suspects are at play inside the cabin of the 2011 SLS AMG with healthy doses of aluminum, carbon fiber and leather. Taking a page out of Pagani’s book, there is a definite aviation theme in the mix. And of course, Bang & Olufsen provides the audio bump. There are quite a few buttons and knobs that could be confusing but the only thing you really need to know is that the start button is located on the center console and paddle-shifters are mounted on the steering wheel. Enough said.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will make its official debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.  The base price in Germany is set at €177,310 (approximately $257k). First U.S. sales begin in April 2010. Start saving up those bearer bonds now…

Source: Mercedes-Benz | Road & Track



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  1. Zack Chases Cars

    I’m not sure what to think about these pictures. It’s funny, but as soon as I saw this story on the webpage, my brain went “You have 2 car magazines featuring this prototype in the book case! I know you do! Grab them to compare!” It’s funny to me because I’ve been poor and reading the same issues of R&T and C&D for months.

    But today that comes in handy. Oh yes, today the homeless man has exactly what Nicolas Cage would need to kill the new monster. I have to say I’m not completely sold on the way this car turned out. They tried to add some edges to the curves, and
    “modernize” it a little. But it fails to recreate the old SL we all loved. It had a long hood, and short cabin, like this one. But it’s rounded fenders, bubble top, and curves everywhere made the look. It was slippry and sleek, but strong. like first generation corvette. This one, to me, looks like they had to design a body that would fit on the SLR frame.But the proportions looks weird. It looks muddled I guess.

    I hope it grows on me, because I thought the idea was great. But as American car companies know, if you’re going to do a retro re-do, make sure it doesn’t deviate much. The GT was a winner, the GTO a dud, Challenger is gorgeous, etc. I hope it’s like the Panamerica, you have to see it in person to truly appreciate it.


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