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By Cars.com Staff
December 17, 2012
The Mercedes representative in the supercar market is the SLS AMG GT. This two-person supercar has standout features that include gull-wing doors and a 563-horsepower, 6.3-liter V-8 engine. Competitors include the Bentley Continental GT and Lamborghini Gallardo. It is available as a coupe or convertible (roadster). New for 2013 Available as either a roadster or gull-wing coupe, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG adds the GT to the end of the model name for 2013, as it becomes an even faster and more powerful supercar. The engine has been retuned to produce 583 horsepower (compared to last year's 563), while the seven-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated for quicker shifts. The 479 pounds-feet of torque remains unchanged.
The new SLS AMG GT features unique GT badging, smoked headlamps and taillights, red brake calipers, various red-colored interior pieces such as the seat belts, and a high-gloss black finishing for the front grille, side mirrors and hood/fender vents. Exterior Mercedes says the design of the SLS AMG GT is meant to reinterpret the 300 SL, an iconic car most people recognize for its gull-wing doors. It's a design that features a long hood — nearly 6 feet long — and a short rear deck. The SLS AMG GT roadster's top opens and closes in 11 seconds at speeds up to 30mph. Exterior features include:
Gull-wing doors on coupe, traditional doors on roadster
Black-colored hood/fender vents, front grille trim and side mirrors
19-inch front wheels, 20-inch rear wheels in either black or silver
Body and chassis made of aluminum
Retractable rear spoiler
Interior The interior is supposed to evoke the feel of an aircraft cockpit, and the numerous buttons on the center console certainly help with that. There is also a lot of metal and long, angular planes to carry over the aircraft theme. New for this year are red seat belts, red contrast stitching and Alcantara simulated suede upholstery. Interior features include:
Seat backrests made of magnesium, which is lightweight and strong
Airscarf system for roadster
Optional leather and Alcantara AMG performance steering wheel
Available 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system
Available carbon fiber or piano-black lacquer trim
Available AMG Performance Media with real-time vehicle performance monitoring
Under the Hood Mechanical features include:
Standard 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 583 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque
Dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters
Expected to go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds
The coupe's weight is distributed in a 47/53 front-to-rear ratio
Available carbon fiber engine compartment cover
Available AMG performance or adaptive suspension
Safety Safety features include:
Available carbon ceramic high-performance brakes
Electronic stability system
Side-impact airbags integrated into the seats
Side curtain airbags that deploy from the side doors
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