Sunday, 15th December 2019
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG "Gullwing"

Automotive fascination and high-tech at the highest level.


This takes the iconic 300SL Gullwing to the next generation and it captivates with a purist design, intelligent lightweight construction and superior handling dynamics.

It is bound to cause a sensation in the super sports car segment. The new SLS AMG is nothing short of a masterpiece which not only takes AMG, the performance brand within Mercedes-Benz Cars, into a new era, but also demonstrates development expertise of the very highest order. See below some of the features that make this vehicle a prized achievement to own.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG super sports car serves up an exciting proposition with its unique technology package: aluminium space frame body with gullwing doors, 6.3 litre V8 front-mid engine with a 420 kW/571 hp output peak and dry sump lubrication, seven speed dual-clutch transmission in a transaxle configuration and sports suspension with aluminium double wishbones. The ideal front/rear weight distribution of 7% to 53% and the vehicle’s low centre of gravity are witness to the uncompromising sports car concept.


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ENGINE
The fine tuned AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine reaches a peak output of 420 kW/571 hp at 6800 rpm. A power to weight ratio of 2.84 kg/hp comes courtesy of the low vehicle weight. The 8 cylinder delivers a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 4750 rpm. Acceleration is 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds, with a top speed of 317 km/h boasting the hall mark of a powerful racing engine. The 8 cylinder engine responds swiftly to movements of the accelerator pedal showing much more pronounced high revving flexibility across the entire rev range. 

SUSPENSION
All 4 wheels are located on double wishbones with a track rod, a technology that has proven itself in motor racing right through to formula 1. With a double wishbone axle, the wheel location and suspension function remain separate; the spring/damper struts are supported on the lower wishbone concept with its high camber and track rigidity positively locates the wheel with minimal elastic movements, providing an optimum sense or road contact when driving within the limits. 

AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7 SPEED SPORTS TRANSMISSION
The new AMG dual clutch transmission with 7 gears, four driving modes and RACE START function is the ideal partner for the powerful 8 cylinder naturally aspirated engine. The strength of this technology, derived from the world of motor racing, includes spontaneous gear shifts with no loss of traction force, the tailored made control strategy and the supreme ease of shifting. Specially designed for the high revving characteristics of the AMG 6.3 litre V8 engine, the dual clutch transmission delivers optimum gear ratio adjustment with a close ratio configuration. This means an even more dynamic acceleration for maximum driving pleasure.

AMG DRIVE UNIT WITH FULLY AUTOMATIC RACE START FUNCTION
The AMG DRIVE UNIT is the central control unit for the dual clutch transmission and all dynamic control functions. On the left, next to the selector lever, is the electronic rotary switch for selecting the 4 driving modes, including activating the RACE START function, which allows the driver to call on maximum acceleration while ensuring optimum traction. The optimum start-off engine speed is set fully automatically and the “Gullwing” accelerates instantly.
BRAKERS
High deceleration, precise pedal feel, perfect resistance to fading and superior safety reserves – is a simple description of the AMG high performance breaking system. The sophisticated technology, based on a radial and axial mount between the grey cast iron discs and aluminium bowls using stainless steel elements, provides superb heat dissipation along with optimum fade resistance, even in the harsh environment of circuit operation. 



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