Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Claim to fame:
- A brilliant tribute/recreation of one of the best cars ever, the 300 SL Gullwing.
- The sound of its AMG 6.3-liter V8 is both addictive and totally unique
- Finally a “hardcore” two-seater rather than the Mercedes-Benz SL softer autobahn approach.

As the spiritual successor to the classic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, the SLS AMG certainly had big shoes to fill. Luckily for us, AMG’s engineers and designers possess an uncanny balance of respect for heritage and utter lunacy for performance that help bring cars like the MB SLS AMG to life. After the anti-climatic breakup of Mercedes and McLaren production cars with the much maligned Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, AMG got the chance to create its first fully developed, in-house performance car. And in 2010, we were all very glad they did. The SLS AMG, with classic Gullwing doors and long hood, impressed the heck out of auto journalist and supercar lovers alike. Completing the rekindled love affair was the SLS Roadster that debuted in 2011.

The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT includes many more aggressive design cues and techno wizardry that underscore its serious performance and bring it close to the race version SLS AMG GT3. It starts with darkened headlights, taillights, unique wheels and a flashy accent of red brake calipers. Continuing the “murdering out,” are the high-gloss black treatment on the grille cross fin and MB star recess, also carried over to the hood and fender fins. Inside, something called “designo” leather abounds and surrounds the alcantara-covered seats and AMG-embossed headrests. A few flashy red accents complete the athletic look. It’s all topped off with a flat-bottomed steering wheel with a race track 12 o’clock read accent to keep you pointed down the straight.

The sounds. The sounds. The wonderful sounds that bellow from the M159 6.3-liter V8 signal that all 583 beckoning horses are ready to run free. They are unleashed through the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission that can pull off routine sub-four second 0-60mph launches up to the top speed of around 197 mph. Potent power, indeed.

The SLS AMG GT gets more aggressively tuned AMG adaptive performance suspension that lets the driver select “sport” mode for bumpy, civilian roads, or “sport plus” for the heaven that is smooth, racetrack tarmac.

For an added level of style, you can order up the aptly named “AMG designo STYLE package”. This upgrade will provide more interior leather, sexy diamond quilting patterns on the seat and doors along with high-contrast porcelain leather accents on the floor mats and roof lining. Pricing on this updated version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will surely be as princely as this prince of performance cars.

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