2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT delivers enhanced driving dynamics
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT comes to offer enhanced driving dynamics and even better track performance. This is due to its output which now delivers the exceptional 435 kW (591 hp) and its new optimised AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission. Adding further is the redeveloped AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension.
The SLS Mercedes-Benz is available both as a Coupé and a Roadster. Among the additional new features is the high-quality AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather interior, which can be optionally chosen.
Furthermore, the SLS AMG now has more masculine and athletic stance. It is equipped with darkened headlamps and tail lights as well as red-painted brake calipers. All this contributes for the unique new appearance of the vehicle.
The wing-shaped cross fins and the star recess in the radiator grille also has a high-gloss finish. He same finish can be seen on the exterior mirrors and the fins on the bonnet and wings as well. The AMG logo on the right of the boot lid includes the additional letters "GT".
Going further into details, this amazing sportscar is equipped with AMG 6.3-litre V8 front mid-engine. The latter has a maximum output of 435 kW (591 hp) at 6800 rpm, while the maximum torque is 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) at 4750 rpm. Therefore it will be very easy for the SLS AMG GT to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds, and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in 11.2 seconds.
Next, adding to the exceptional performance is the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7 speed sports transmission located on the rear axle. It is promised that it is more direct and spontaneous in the manual "M" transmission mode. The transmission is an optimized dual-clutch one.
Another important highlight here which contributes significantly for the great performance of the vehicle is the newly developed AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension. What it does is to improve the vehicle's sportiness.
The new AMG RIDE CONTROL Performance suspension includes stiff spring/damper tuning and dispenses with "Comfort" mode. "Sport" mode is recommended as the maximal setting for undulating road surfaces and tracks requiring increased suspension travel. And the last mode- "Sport plus" provides higher damping forces and delivers sporty driving style on routes with a level road surface.
As standard, the vehicle runs on 265/35 R 19 tyres on the front and 295/30 R 20 tyres on the rear. Both are fitted to weight-optimised AMG forged light-alloy wheels with a 10-spoke design. They are painted in matt black and with a high-sheen finish. Three optional AMG light-alloy wheels are also available.
What about the interior of this Mercedes-Benz? Of course, it includes nothing else but a sporty design. Not to mention that it combines only the high-quality and functional atmosphere of a racing car.
For instance, the sports seats are embossed with a badge on the head restraints. The centre sections are finished in Alcantara®, which can be also found on the door centre panels. The black interior appointments are complemented by red seat belts and red contrasting stitching on the AMG sports seats. The centre console and the door panel lining are finished in red too. The floor mats also feature red edging.
As an exclusive but optional extra, the SLS AMG offers AMG designo Exclusive STYLE leather. This high-quality extra is available in single or two-tone finishes and has distinctive upholstery with a diamond design with contrasting stitching. The diamond design is included on the door centre panels as well.
Other optional highlights feature a designo leather finish for the dashboard, the beltlines and door armrests, the handrest on the centre console, AMG floor mats in black with porcelain leather edging, roof lining in Alcantara® porcelain, and the parcel shelf (Coupé) or roll-over bar (Roadster). Seams finished in contrasting colours create exciting highlights and underscore the high-quality, hand-finished nature of this new leather package.
Customers can choose among these available colour combinations: mocha brown/porcelain, titanium grey pearl/porcelain and mystic red/porcelain.
Other attractive optional extras for all SLS AMG models include (extract): AMG carbon-fibre exterior mirrors, AMG carbon-fibre engine compartment cover, AMG Interior Carbon-Fibre package (carbon-fibre trim, trim on seat backrest and side, door sill panels), AMG ceramic high-performance composite braking system, AMG Performance Media, AMG 10-spoke forged wheels in other colour variants, AMG carbon-fibre trim, AIRSCARF (Roadster), Bang & Olufsen BeoSound AMG surround sound system,
The official market launch of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT is scheduled for October this year and the starting price is 204,680 Euros.
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT key data:
|Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Bore x stroke||102.2 x 94.6 mm|
|Output||435 kW (591 hp) at 6800 rpm|
|Max. torque||650 Nm at 4750 rpm|
|13.2 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||308 g/km|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||3.7 s|
|Top speed||320 km/h*|