2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Mercedes‑Benz SLS AMG. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Stunning appearance

The Bad

  • Gull-wing doors complicate entry, exit

Notable Features of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

  • SLS AMG roadster debuts in late 2011
  • Coupe continues with gull-wing doors
  • 563-hp V-8
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes representative in the supercar market is the SLS AMG. 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.

New for 2012

An SLS AMG roadster joins the coupe late in calendar 2011. It has a power soft-top, conventional side doors, Mercedes’ Airscarf system and a removable wind deflector. A blind spot monitoring system is standard, and a three-mode AMG adaptive suspension is optional. 

Exterior
Mercedes says the design of the SLS AMG 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. Exterior features include:

  • Gull-wing doors
  • 19-inch front wheels
  • 20-inch rear wheels
  • Body and chassis made of aluminum


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. Interior features include:

  • Seat backrests made of magnesium, which is lightweight and strong
  • Airscarf system for roadster


Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 563 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque
  • Dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Expected to go from zero to ...
Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes representative in the supercar market is the SLS AMG. 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.

New for 2012

An SLS AMG roadster joins the coupe late in calendar 2011. It has a power soft-top, conventional side doors, Mercedes’ Airscarf system and a removable wind deflector. A blind spot monitoring system is standard, and a three-mode AMG adaptive suspension is optional. 

Exterior
Mercedes says the design of the SLS AMG 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. Exterior features include:

  • Gull-wing doors
  • 19-inch front wheels
  • 20-inch rear wheels
  • Body and chassis made of aluminum


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. Interior features include:

  • Seat backrests made of magnesium, which is lightweight and strong
  • Airscarf system for roadster


Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:

  • Standard 6.3-liter V-8 that produces 563 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque
  • Dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Expected to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds
  • The coupe's weight is distributed in a 47/53 front-to-rear ratio


Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Knee airbag for the driver and front passenger
  • Side-impact airbags integrated into the seats
  • Side curtain airbags that deploy from the side doors

2012 SLS AMG Video

Cars.com's Joe Bruzek takes a look at the 2012 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Roadster at Roebling Road Raceway.

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Latest Reviews

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A new Gullwing...

by Arajan from Boston, MA on February 8, 2014

After having owned a Mercedes Gullwing 25 years ago I am finally back into one again, namely the SLS. Got the exact colors I wanted from an ad on cars.com. Read full review

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A true bliss

by Mercedes Boy from Miami, FL on December 5, 2011

The car maneuvers very well, and is a right champ on the road. Top notch steering, control and on top of that the hp is massive, which creates this near out of world experience driving the car. I've ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SLS AMG received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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