The Gullwing will come with a 6.3 liter, naturally aspirated V8 with 571 hp and 650 Nm of torque. 0 to 100 km/h will be 3.8 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 12. There's a self-imposed speed limit of 315 km/h on the Gullwing and ceramic brakes to reign it in.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gullwing is the first car developed in-house by Mercedes' performance division AMG. It is meant to be one of those beyond-super supercars that we've simply run out of adjectives for. So you can have a look at the details here and decide for yourself on the best word to describe it.

The SLS AMG Gullwing comes with an aluminum chassis and body, likely a magnificent feat of metallurgy by AMG that will only fail to impress if coyly placed next to an Aston Martin One-77, whose monocoque core is made of highly rigid carbon composite materials. But the precision engineering that goes into this car is nothing to mock. Such as the 48/52 weight distribution between front and rear, due to a craftily placed mid-front engine, which will render the car's performance with a ballerina-like balance.

Extensive use of lightweight materials will also keep the curb weight down to 1620 kg (providing a power-to-weight ratio of 2.84 kg/hp), as per a promise by AMG to improve fuel economy and performance through diet and exercise.

The exercise bit comes from technological minutiae that chain as much efficiency together as possible from all the myriad of components that go into an AMG model such as this Gullwing. This includes items like the engine management system to maximize fuel-burning efficiency, as well as the rear-mounted, 7-speed transaxle spinning from the dual-clutch gearbox.

The Gullwing will come with a 6.3 liter, naturally aspirated V8 with 571 hp and 650 Nm of torque. 0 to 100 km/h will be 3.8 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h in 12. There's a self-imposed speed limit of 315 km/h on the Gullwing and ceramic brakes to help reign it in as quickly as possible.

The Gullwing is scheduled to go on sale in the spring of 2010. Price is expected to be somewhere around 140,000 euros.

See press release below for further details.

 

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