These are the first official photos released by Mercedes-Benz of the upcoming 2012 SLS AMG Roadster.
But the model seen here appears to still be a test-phase prototype with camouflage taped over its head- and taillights and the logos still covered up.
The SLS AMG Roadster gets a soft-top roof made of cloth that can be retracted or closed in 11 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph).
For obvious reasons, it loses the gullwing doors but only adds 2 kg (4.4 lbs) to the weight of the bodyshell, compared with the standard SLS AMG, for the added structural reinforcements needed for a roadster.
The two variants do share the same 6.3 liter (6,208cc) V8 with an output of 420 kW (571 PS / 563 bhp) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque. The 0-100 km/h sprint comes in at a flat 4.0 seconds and top speed will be 309 km/h (192 mph).
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster will debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September and goes on sale later in the fall.
Check out the press release below for further details.